Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower

By Rena Awada | Updated On February 23, 2020

Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower – This easy vegetarian cauliflower recipe is full of flavor and the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Makes an amazing appetizer recipe or a side dish option. These baked cauliflowers will soon be your go-to recipe.

easy and baked cauliflower recipe

Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower Recipe

What a fun and delicious way to make baked cauliflower. Tired of having baked cauliflowers that are just bland and needs a boost in the flavor department? This sweet and spicy cauliflower recipe is for you. Easy to make and bursting with flavor it will be hard to have only one serving. I know there are so many cauliflower recipes out there these days but you have to try this one!

cooked cauliflower in oven

What does cauliflower taste like?

Some may feel that cauliflower has a bitterness taste to it. I personally don’t think they are bitter! Others will say it doesn’t taste bitter and that it has a mild and neutral taste compared to its sister vegetable broccoli. So, individual taste may vary. If you feel like cauliflower is bitter there are ways to reduce the bitterness out of cauliflower. You can sprinkle some salt over it and soak in very cold water. Try cooking it like this baked cauliflower recipe or pair it with other sweet food. Use your favorite dips as well to mellow its flavor.

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Can you eat cauliflower on keto?

Cauliflower is very similar to Broccoli and is low in carbs. Even though this particular baked cauliflower recipe is not keto-friendly because of the sweet and spicy sauce that’s added to it, generally simply baked cauliflower with no added sugary sauces are keto-friendly. They are a great cruciferous veggie with 1.5 grams of net carbs per half a cup.

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What goes with cauliflower?

Cauliflower is a very versatile veggie. So many different ways to prepare cauliflower and it is also used as low carb options for many foods like rice for example. Cauliflower rice has been very popular for those looking to cut down on carbs. A cauliflower dish or recipe works well as a side dish with many meals. Whether they are baked, grilled or steamed. They can also be eaten as meals or as appetizers like this sweet and spicy baked cauliflower. I do have many cauliflower recipes that I will be tagging below for you to check out.

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Making this Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower?

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sweet and spicy baked cauliflower

Sweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower

Cauliflower baked to perfection and topped with a sweet and spicy sticky sauce.
4.71 from 100 votes
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
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Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Rena


  • 1 Large Head Cauliflower cut into bite-sized florets
  • Cooking Oil Spray
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Salt
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Green Onions sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds

For the Sweet and Spicy Sticky Sauce:

  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ¼ Cup Low sodium soy sauce or coconut amino
  • 1 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Gluten-free flour or cornstarch


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment pepper.
  • Arrange the cauliflower florets in a single layer onto the prepared baking tray and spray with cooking oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt, and pepper, and using your hands toss well to coat.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until it starts to brown on the edges. While cauliflower is cooking, combine all the sauce ingredients into a small saucepan and whisk until well incorporated.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir frequently, until sauce thickens about 4-5 minutes.
  • Once the cauliflower has finished baking, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Pour the sauce over and toss until fully coated. Top with green onions and sesame seeds and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is calculated using a nutrition facts calculator. It is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1328mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 104mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg
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Reader Interactions


  1. marie says

    5 stars
    Great recipe. I look forward to more. I’d like to point out however, that whatever editing programme you are using is putting capital letters on almost everything. Although that is an error in English, most of the time it is harmless. However in the case of distinguishing teaspoons and tablespoons it might cause user errors. The short form of teaspoon is tsp. The shortform of tablespoon is T. These have been the norms for decades and were developed to avoid confusion. Capital T is always big. Small t is always small. Thjanks for listening.

    • Rena says

      Thank you for the info. I agree it could be confusing. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. We will do better

  2. Paula Kurpjuweit says

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us! A new family favorite. I can’t wait to make it again!!!

    • Rena says

      Hi. Almond flour won’t work. Use a keto equivalent of cornstarch. Maybe Glucomannan Powder or xanthan gum. you may also skip it.

  3. Kai says

    5 stars
    Ive tried doing this recipe with two little changes. Instead of honey i went for agave syrup (because vegan), and i added some fresh cilantro at the end. This fits perfectly to the hoisin sauce and makes the experience even more Vietnamese style.

    Thank you for the recipe!

  4. Alana says

    5 stars
    I made this for my family last night and it was a hit! Husband and kids all requested I make it again! I made it with 3/4 the amount of sauce and it was the perfect amount in my opinion! Thanks!

  5. Heather says

    5 stars
    Made this last night and it was so delicious, husband and kids agreed. I loved it so much I made the sauce again just now for lunch and put it over some shallow fried tofu cubes. Thank you.

  6. Spinner58 says

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was delish! It went over extremely well with our dinner guests. Turns out we didn’t make enough. Sometimes it’s Nice to leave people wanting more. Will make again for upcoming family dinner.

  7. Staci says

    5 stars
    I made this tonight as part of a Buddha bowl. Added rice, some sautéed spinach, and my husband had a little ground turkey with his and it was delish. I will make this again and again!! We both loved this cauliflower! I thought it might be a little too spicy so I put in a little less Siricha and a little more honey and it was perfect for us! Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Dave says

    5 stars
    Made this tonight. Most excellent! I made only 1/2 of the head, but about 3/4 of the sauce. I had to add a little more corn starch to thicken the sauce. BI must say, the sauce also worked very nicely with our pork chops! And, when all said and done, any remaining sauce on the plate was mopped up with a piece of garlic bread! Very good, we will definitely be making again! Thank you!

  9. Stephanie says

    5 stars
    This was a delicious recipe and amazing sauce! I added sauteed shrimp and doubled the sauce recipe then tossed everything together. So good. Probably only need .5 more of the recipe but if you added rice all that extra sauce could have been absorbed in the rice. Thanks for sharing all your delicious meals and for making healthy eating exciting and enjoyable!

  10. Sam says

    Made this tonight and it was delish! Ended up making the hoisin sauce from scratch – was shocked I had all the ingredients to make it! My sauce got a tiny bit too thick, otherwise, it was beyond yummy. Will make again!

  11. Abiola says

    5 stars
    It was love at first sight for for me when I saw the plate of your sweet and spicy cauliflower on Instagram. I tried the recipe yesterday and I was blown away by the deliciousness. Nothing beats finding more interesting ways to incorporate vegetables into meals. Thanks for sharing. Next on my list is your healthy oatmeal banana bread. I can tell I am in for a delicious treat already❤❤

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