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stir-fry chinese cauliflower

stir fry cauliflower

Stir-Fry Chinese Cauliflower

As a kid, I never had trouble eating my veggies — and it's because my mom would always prepare them like this: stir-fried in a delicious, savory sauce. I hope you enjoy this quick 30 minute side dish!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Servings 2


  • 1 head Chinese cauliflower (~1 lb) or regular cauliflower
  • 3-4 stalks Chinese celery or regular
  • 1 large shallot or 1/2 onion
  • red peppers optional
  • 1 tbsp neutral oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch of salt



Prepare the ingredients

  • Cut the cauliflower into florets, removing any tough or dry ends.
    1 head Chinese cauliflower
  • Prepare a large bowl of water. Add salt to the water, then submerge the florets while you prepare the other ingredients. The salt will help remove any dirt or bugs.
    1 tsp salt
  • Slice the shallot or onion, Chinese celery (into 2 inch pieces), and thinly slice the red peppers (if using).
    3-4 stalks Chinese celery, 1 large shallot or 1/2 onion, red peppers
  • Prepare the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl.
    1 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce, 1/4 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp chicken bouillon powder, 1/2 cup water, 1-2 tsp cornstarch, 1/4 tsp sesame oil

Blanch the cauliflower

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Blanch the cauliflower for 2-3 minutes, or until they’re about 75% cooked. It’s best to test by trying a floret. It should retain a bit of crunch, but be easy to bite into.
  • Drain the cauliflower. Run some cool water over them to prevent them from overcooking.

Stir-fry the cauliflower

  • Heat up a pan on medium-high heat, then add neutral oil. Add the shallots and Chinese celery. Stir fry for 2 minutes.
    1 tbsp neutral oil
  • Add the blanched cauliflower, a pinch of salt, and stir fry for another 2-3 minutes.
    Pinch of salt
  • Give the sauce a mix to dissolve any settled cornstarch, then pour it into the pan. Add the red peppers if using, and give everything a mix.
  • Once the sauce has thickened slightly, try a cauliflower floret to check for your preferred doneness. Enjoy!
Keyword baby cauliflower, chinese cauliflower, chinese cauliflower stir fry
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