These Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Bites are Sweet, spicy, baked cauliflower bites topped with an amazing Asian-inspired sticky sauce! Serve them as finger food appetizers or as the main course over rice for a delicious veggie dinner.
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 whole egg whites
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon sesame oil or vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sweet chili sauce or sriracha
3 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
chopped green onions, for garnish
Preheat oven to 400F.
Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
Add egg whites to a large ziploc bag; add cauliflower florets, close the bag, and shake it around until everything is well combined.
In a separate ziploc bag combine panko crumbs, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; add cauliflower florets to the bag, close it, and shake it around until everything is well combined.
Transfer cauliflower florets to previously prepared baking sheet; bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.
In the meantime, prepare the sauce.
In a nonstick skillet set over medium heat, combine sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce and garlic; bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
In a small mixing bowl combine cornstarch and water and stir until cornstarch is dissolved.
Add cornstarch mixture to soy sauce mixture and stir to combine; remove from heat.
Remove cauliflower florets from oven and either add them to the sauce OR pour sauce over the florets. Mix until well combined.
Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions.