Skinny Firecracker Cauliflower Rice Bowl

Skinny Firecracker Cauliflower Rice Bowl
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One more firecracker recipe, so soon? Well, need I say I looove firecrackers?! Be it in sky on Diwali or be it in mouth with sweet and sour and hot firecracker sauce.. there is something exciting about these. Don't you think?

Today's recipe is my skinny take on firecracker cauliflower with marinated cauliflower florets, sauted on high heat to keep it crunchy and then coated in sweet and spicy finger-licking firecracker sauce. Yes, it is THAT simple recipe! 

I call it skinny because it is plant-based, plus there is no breading, no eggs or corn starch, nor deep frying involved here. Just quick pan saute of cauliflower florets to keep them crisp tender, and then the magic of firecracker sauce. 

For weekday dinner, I'm always looking for easy dinner ideas which are flavorful, healthier, and will keep my family from eating out. This crunchy sweet-n-sour cauliflower comes together in 10 minutes while I boil/steam rice on the side. And tastes like vegetarian make-over of Chinese sweet and sour chicken! No one feels they are eating boring yet my mission of meatless Monday dinner, at home, is accomplished!

So, let's ditch the delivery!!

sweet and sour cauliflower stir fry with rice |

Honestly, not just meatless Mondays.. this is my go-to recipe when I'm craving Chinese but we are on veggie diet. My inspiration behind this recipe is Panda Express's firecracker shrimp. For veggie version, I find cauliflower is perfect replacement of shrimp. So, I combined their firecracker shrimp, with my love for cauliflower into a homemade skinny Chinese-take-out-veggie-meal. No fried, not battered but sweet and spicy just like it. 

I like to serve this *cauliflower stir-fry over steamed rice (instead of fried) with little sprinkle of sesame seeds and scallions. You can even serve it over quinoa or some lite cooked couscous. All of these will absorb the sauce and lots of flavor from cauliflower as it sits on top.

Simple, simply irresistible!

*Just make sure to lightly saute cauliflower so that it stays on little crunchy side.  Rest, no one needs to know it is skinny dinner! 

simple firecracker cauliflower and rice |

Why don't panda express sell cauliflower for vegetarians? Not steamed like they have broccoli but sweet and spicy like their firecracker shrimp. Please please somebody go and tell them to include this cauliflower recipe in their menu.

I bet it will sell like 'hot cakes'! All vegetarians will love it, I guarantee! 

easy dinner with firecracker sauce skinny cauliflower and rice |

.. until they decide, I'm happy, with my skinny firecracker cauliflower and rice bowl, at home. It needs just 15 minutes from kitchen to dinner table. And luckily Vishal loves it as much as I do! 

You guys, give it a try! I'm certain you will have most of the ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator right now! Invest 15 minutes in kitchen and help yourself with a Chinese-takeout-style (meatless) dinner! Feel free to add more veggies - bell pepper, celery, carrots! Go creative, make it your own, be a chef de home!! :-)

Have a wonderful Monday! -Savita x

PS: Super bowl is just around the corner!! Do check back for an exciting Chips and Salsa recipe! Believe me, you would want to make it for all football fans! 

Skinny Firecracker Cauliflower Rice Bowl

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Skinny Firecracker Cauliflower Rice Bowl
Total Time: Prep Time: Cook Time: Cuisine: Asian () Difficulty: Easy
Yields: 2 Servings - Serves: 2




  • 1. Cook (steam or boil) rice according to package directions. While rice are cooking, take cauliflower florets in a bowl, add 1 tsp seasme oil, 1 tsp sambal paste, 1 tsp soy sauce. Toss well and set aside.
  • 2. In a bowl, combine remaining 1 tsp soy sauce, red wine vinegar, sugar, hot sauce, 1 tsp sambal chili paste. Mix well and set aside.
  • 3. Heat 1-2 tbsp oil in a saute pan, add cauliflower and cook on high heat until slightly tender. Add firecracker sauce (assembled in step-2) and half of sliced green onions and continue saute until sauce is dark in color.
  • 4. Divide into two bowl over portion of rice. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Garnish with scallions and cilantro. Serve hot. Enjoy!

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15 Responses

  1. This was DELICIOUS! I try to sneak some vegetarian meals in here and there because we tend to eat a lot of meat in this house, and this did not disappoint. I only had the extra hot buffalo sauce on hand, so while it was very spicy, the sugar and cilantro balanced it out nicely. Will definitely be going into the regular rotation!
    Hi Melissa, thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you liked the Cauliflower.
  2. Love the way you made this yummy cauliflower rice bowl. Everything is so nicely described whiche really help. Thanks and looking forward.
  3. You cook such a wide variety of different foods it is quite impressive!
    Thanks Cristy :)
  4. This looks so delicious and I LOVE that you made it with cauliflower! This is definitely a winner :)
    thanks, Rachel! Our love for cauliflower is certainly mutual. :)
  5. oh wow!! what an interesting idea.. loved that it comes together in just 10 mins.. will definitely try it out
    thanks Sushma! I hope you get chance to try it soon!
  6. This looks so good! I love the combination of flavors and am now craving this!
    Christine, thanks for kind words. In my opinion, cauliflower works best with sweet-sour combination of flavors. must try!
  7. Yummm. I love cauliflower and this firecracker cauliflower sounds delicious! Need to try this!
    Stephanie, thanks! I hope you get chance to try it soon, my friend!
  8. This meatless bowl looks amazing! I love the combination of cauliflower and hot sauces!
    thanks, Igor! Indeed, sweet and sour flavor is my favorite too in this bowl.