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Orange Cauliflower

This baked orange cauliflower is a vegetarian version of Chinese Orange Chicken. The homemade orange sauce with crispy bites of cauliflower is so delicious!

orange cauliflower

Cauliflower is all the rage in vegetarian cooking, and for good reason.

This crispy orange cauliflower is baked, not fried, and is a crazy delicious dupe for orange chicken.

When I was making my orange tofu recipe, I just knew that crispy chunks of cauliflower needed to happen next!

orange cauliflower in a takeout container

It took me four times to perfect my orange sauce recipe, and now I’m using it on everything!

While I love a good classic stir fry sauce, or teriyaki sauce, there is just something so good about a homemade orange sauce.

It brings all the flavor of takeout to your dinner table.

I have now made this sauce with all kinds of stir fry recipes and it is such a fun change!

cutting cauliflower into florets

How to Make Orange Cauliflower

Step 1: Wash and cut up a head of cauliflower into bite sized pieces.

Step 2: In a small bowl, mix together flour, water, and seasonings to make the batter for dipping.

In a separate bowl add the panko bread crumbs.

ingredients to make the breaded cauliflower

Step 3: Dip each piece of cauliflower into the batter, then tap off any excess.

Roll in the panko bread crumbs to coat.

Place each piece of cauliflower onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

breaded cauliflower on a baking sheet

The parchment paper will make sure that the cauliflower gets nice and crispy without sticking.

Try not to let the pieces touch as they might stick together.

Step 4: Bake the cauliflower at 425 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes, flipping at least once halfway through.

This will allow the pieces to get crispy on all sides.

The end result should be super crisp bite sized pieces.

I used this same method to make this Teriyaki Cauliflower as a copycat for vegan Teriyaki Chicken!

Step 5: While the cauliflower is cooking, you will make a batch of the homemade orange sauce on the stove.

a spoon taking a dip of orange sauce for orange tofu or orange chicken

What is orange sauce made of?

Homemade orange sauce is made of orange juice, brown sugar, pure maple syrup, rice vinegar, soy sauce, minced garlic, and minced ginger.

breaded cauliflower next to orange sauce

Step 6: Once the cauliflower is done cooking, add it to the orange sauce and stir until the bites of cauliflower are totally coated.

orange cauliflower in a bowl

Serve this orange cauliflower over white rice for the ultimate takeout style dinner!

Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds if you want to.

orange cauliflower in a bowl topped with green onions

I was delighted how much this tasted like orange chicken, and it was even delicious reheated the next day.

The oven gets the cauliflower crispy without frying it, making this a much lighter recipe.

The panko bread crumbs give it that great breaded texture!

a wooden spoon stirring the cauliflower

If you love orange sauce takeout, this orange cauliflower recipe is a must try.

White rice is a must, in my opinion, just like you would eat it if you ordered takeout!

If you love stir fry recipes, be sure to checkout these Teriyaki Vegetables too.

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orange cauliflower in a takeout container

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orange cauliflower

Orange Cauliflower Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This crispy baked orange cauliflower is the vegetarian version of the classic Chinese favorite Orange Chicken.


For the Cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups panko bread crumbs

For the Orange Sauce

for serving

  • 4 servings cooked white rice


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Wash and cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces
  3. In a bowl, combine the water, flour, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt
  4. Place the panko bread crumbs in a separate bowl
  5. Dip each piece of cauliflower in the water/flour mixture, tap off excess, then roll in the panko bread crumbs. Add more bread crumbs if necessary.
  6. Place the breaded pieces of cauliflower on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes, flipping at least once, until crispy on all sides.
  8. While the cauliflower is cooking, make a batch of orange sauce
  9. Once the cauliflower is finished cooking, add to the orange sauce and stir to coat
  10. Serve orange cauliflower over white rice and top with optional sesame seeds and green onions, if desired
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 453Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 566mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 12g

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Sunday 7th of August 2022

I just made this, and it was so awesome! I can't wait to do this with chicken, but the cauliflower was perfect too!


Saturday 26th of September 2020

You don’t mention cauliflower in the ingredients! How much does this call for?

Joy Shull

Friday 2nd of October 2020

so sorry, it's been updated! 1 head of cauliflower :)

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