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Cauliflower with Sesame Drizzle

Food writers are often (and believe me I lump myself right in with this observation) talking about what new things there are to do with that package of chicken breasts or that pound of ground beef, to get out of that same-old, same-old cooking rut.

But we might not spend enough time talking about what to do with that head of cauliflower, or broccoli. We can all feel as uninspired looking at those stoic spheres as we do with our proteins, right?

So off we go, on the hunt for a new and simple side dish. This is definitely one to keep in mind when you are making a stir fry or other Asian influenced-dish.

Cauliflower with Sesame Drizzle

It’s especially useful since you can make the drizzle ahead of time, pop the vegetable in the oven, and get to work at the stove. The cauliflower or broccoli needs no attention as it roasts, only the sound of the buzzer to remind you to take it out of the oven.

Try this with Chicken, Broccoli and Sugar Snap Pea Stir Fry, Lemon and Scallion Chicken Stir Fry, Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry with Miso Sauce,  Chicken and Spinach Stir-Fry with Ginger and Oyster Sauce or   Spicy Stir Fried Beef and Vegetables.

It’s also terrific at room temperature, which makes a side dish ultra-valuable.

This Cauliflower with Sesame Drizzle is a simple, easy side dish that pairs well with a stir fry or other Asian influenced-dish.

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Cauliflower with Sesame Drizzle

We’re cauliflower lov-ahs in my house. Hence the following:

We are also drizzle lovers:

That last one sounds a little weird.

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Cauliflower with Sesame Drizzle

4.50 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 People
The hunt for a new and simple side dish is over.


  • 1 large head cauliflower 1 ¾ pound (or substitute the same amount of broccoli heads)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons untoasted sesame seeds optional
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut the cauliflower into florets. Place the cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet, and drizzle with the olive oil. Toss well, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 25 minutes, until crisp-tender and browned at the edges.
  • Meanwhile, if you are using the sesame seeds, heat a dry skillet over medium heat. Add the sesame seeds and stir frequently for about 1 or 2 minutes, until they start to become golden. Transfer them to a plate.
  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and Sriracha sauce. When the cauliflower is roasted, transfer it to a serving platter and drizzle over the sauce, or pass it on the size for everyone to drizzle over their portion. Sprinkle the top with sesame seeds, if desired, and serve hot or warm.


Make the sesame drizzle ahead of time. Then it’s super easy to work on a main protein on the stove while the cauliflower roasts in the oven completely hands-off.


Calories: 176.18kcal, Carbohydrates: 12.76g, Protein: 5.47g, Fat: 13.05g, Saturated Fat: 1.87g, Sodium: 589.36mg, Potassium: 631.16mg, Fiber: 4.51g, Sugar: 5.41g, Vitamin C: 96.4mg, Calcium: 82.66mg, Iron: 1.63mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Very tasty, different and easy. I do think that toasting 2T of sesame seeds in a ‘very large dry skillet’ is overkill and since the title includes ‘Sesame’ I really can’t see how they can be considered optional.

    1. Well, there is also sesame oil in the drizzle, so if you wanted to skip it you could! I do need to remove the “very large”!

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