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General Tso's Cauliflower on a white plate with chopsticks holding one piece up.
General Tso’s Cauliflower
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Air-fried General Tso's Cauliflower is a great way to get your Chinese food fix right at home and keep it vegetarian. Cut the cauliflower florets into bite-sized pieces – especially if you intend to eat this with chopsticks!
Course: Entrées, Side Dishes
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Vegetarian, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 277 kcal
Author: Meredith Laurence
  • 1 head cauliflower cut in florets
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • canola or peanut oil in a spray bottle
  • 2 tablespoons vegetarian oyster sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • white or brown rice for serving
  • steamed broccoli
  1. Set up a dredging station using three bowls. Place the cauliflower in a large bowl and sprinkle ¼ cup of the flour over the top. Place the eggs in a second bowl and combine the panko breadcrumbs and remaining ½ cup flour in a third bowl. Toss the cauliflower in the flour to coat all the florets thoroughly. Dip the cauliflower florets in the eggs and finally toss them in breadcrumbs to coat on all sides. Place the coated cauliflower florets on a baking sheet and spray generously with canola or peanut oil.
  2. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400ºF.
  3. Air-fry the cauliflower at 400ºF for 15 minutes, flipping the florets over for the last 3 minutes of the cooking process and spraying again with oil.
  4. While the cauliflower is air-frying, make the General Tso Sauce. Combine the oyster sauce, soy sauce, chili paste, rice wine vinegar, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil on the stovetop. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. When the timer is up on the air fryer, transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl, pour the sauce over it all and toss to coat. Serve with white or brown rice and some steamed broccoli.

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Nutrition Facts
General Tso’s Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 1258mg52%
Potassium 570mg16%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 69.7mg84%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.