Braised Cauliflower

As the weather turns colder (yes, even in SoCal!) I tend to start thinking of winter foods (and our daughter starts rhapsodizing on her grandmother’s beef stew!) – more braises, soups, and stews, even in my Chinese cooking. Here is a simple recipe for cauliflower, which can be made vegan by using vegetable broth or water, or can be made a bit heartier with a chicken or pork stock.


  • 1/2 head cauliflower, approximately 12 oz
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • 1 T oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp brown or raw cane sugar
  • 1 pinch freshly ground white (or black) pepper
  • 1 c stock, broth, or water


  • 1 tsp tapioca flour or cornstarch
  • 1 T water


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. In the meantime, wash the cauliflower and cut into florets, approximately 1/2″ long and cut the carrot 1/8″ thick on the diagonal.
  3. Combine the thickener ingredients and set aside.
  4. Blanch the cauliflower (no need to shock) and drain well.
  5. Heat the oil in the wok over high heat until it shimmers, then add the cauliflower and carrot, stirfrying approximately 2 m until browned in places.
  6. Add the salt, sugar, pepper, toss to combine, then add the liquid and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce to a simmer and cook just until the cauliflower is tender.
  8. Add the thickener and simmer, stirring, approximately 1 m longer, until the sauce is clear and the starchy taste is cooked out.
  9. Adjust the seasoning and serve.

nutritional data:

This recipe serves 4 as part of a larger meal, and figures are given per serving. I have used water in place of broth or stock.

  • Total calories 64, calories from fat 32
  • Total fat 4 g, saturated fat 1 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 329 mg
  • Total carbs 7 g, dietary fiber 3 g, sugars 4 g
  • Protein 2 g

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