Orange Cauliflower

I’ll be honest, well over a year ago when we decided to start transitioning to a vegetarian/vegan diet, I had a hard time getting David on board. After all, taking meat out of the equation meant we needed to change nearly every single one of our staple meals. Until I gave it up, I didn’t realize just how much meat I ate in a day. Let’s be honest, its not abnormal to have meat at every single meal. So removing the meat from our diet meant not only hunting down completely new meals to add into the rotation, but also finding delicious substitutes for old-meaty foods that were yummy enough to convert David.

One of David’s favorite meals was orange chicken with rice. Delicious right. After multiple attempts, I have finally perfected a perfect substitute: Orange Cauliflower! I want to be clear that this isn’t the healthiest recipe on this site, but man is it yummy. And hello! It has cauliflower…


Orange Cauliflower

Orange Cauliflower


    Orange Cauliflower:
  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup oil
    Orange Sauce:
  • 1 cup of orange juice (fresh squeezed or from the carton)
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 2 T cold water
  • 1-1/4 T soy sauce
  • 4 T brown sugar
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 T cornstarch
    Cauliflower Batter:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic power
  • 1-1/2 cup water


  • Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a pot, mixing well. Once it is mixed, bring ingredients to a low simmer, stirring constantly. Take the sauce off of the heat, and set aside.
  • To prepare the batter, stir all ingredient in a large bowl.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Once heated, dip the cauliflower into the batter until it is completely covered. Place the dipped cauliflower into the heated oil, one by one.
  • Cook each batter-dipped cauliflower in the oil for around 4 minutes (this will vary on based on the size of your pieces and how deep the oil is in your skillet), flip and cook the other side for another 4 minutes.
  • Once all cauliflower is cooked, place into a bowl and mix in the orange sauce that was set aside. Mix together until all pieces are covered.
  • Serve warm over rice:)
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We often balance out the sweetness by also serving this dish with steamed vegetables. I hope you love this as much as we do!


1 Comment

  1. by Michelle Jensen on August 15, 2016  3:07 pm Reply

    Ooh, this sounds yummy! We love orange chicken as well. I'll have to try this healthier alternative. Thanks!

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