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Air-Fryer General Tso’s Cauliflower

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.

Makes

4 servings

Updated: Jan. 25, 2023
Cauliflower florets are fried to a crispy golden brown, then coated in a sauce with just the right amount of kick. This General Tso's cauliflower is a fun alternative to the classic chicken dish. —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado
Air-Fryer General Tso's Cauliflower Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup club soda
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets (about 6 cups)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 to 6 dried pasilla or other hot chiles, chopped
  • 3 green onions, white part minced, green part thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice

Directions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400°. Combine flour, cornstarch, salt and baking powder. Stir in club soda just until blended (batter will be thin). Toss florets in batter; transfer to a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Let stand 5 minutes. In batches, place cauliflower on greased tray in air-fryer basket. Cook until golden brown and tender, 10-12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together first 6 sauce ingredients; whisk in cornstarch until smooth.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add chiles; cook and stir until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add white part of onions, garlic, ginger and orange zest; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir orange juice mixture; add to saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 2-4 minutes.
  4. Add cauliflower to sauce; toss to coat. Serve with rice; sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a deep fryer, electric skillet or on the stovetop.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cup with 1 cup rice: 528 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1614mg sodium, 97g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 5g fiber), 11g protein.

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