Korean Cauliflower Stir Fry

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Last Updated on May 31, 2015 by Chef Mireille

I love the different colored cauliflower’s that are now available in supermarkets. There is no difference in flavor but I find it more aesthetically appealing, especially if you are using all three in a dish or a crudite platter. They used to be quite a bit more expensive than regular white cauliflower, but since their popularity has grown the prices are now comparable.

This recipe from The Kimchi Chronicles was a cold broccoli salad. I used green cauliflower instead and adapted the recipe to a warm side dish instead. For those of you who don’t know, the Kimchi Chronicles is a PBS food TV show by Marja Vongerichten…yes she is the wife of world famous restauranteur Jean Georges Vongrichten. She has a very interesting story. She was born of a Korean mother and black father, who was in the military in Korea. However, her mother was left alone and it was very difficult at that time to be a single mother and especially with a black child in Korea. Her mother gave her up for adoption and she was raised here in America. As an adult, she met her birth mother and learned a lot about her Korean heritage and culture, which led to the Kimchi Chronicles. She has now written a book by the same name which includes many recipes from the television show.

Korean Cauliflower Stir Fry

Serves 4

  • 1 head green cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • a pinch of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Heat canola oil. Add garlic and fry for 1/2 minute. Add cauliflower and cook for 2 minutes.
In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, rice vinegar, water, salt, soy sauce and sugar. Add to skillet and stir to combine.
Cook on medium high heat for 5-8 minutes.
Add sesame seeds and stir to combine.

I’ve been on a bit of a Korean kick lately…so don’t forget to check out my Bibimbap recipe also!

Vegetarian Side Dish

This post is for the CC Challenge of the month

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About Chef Mireille

Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
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  1. Pavani N

    I've never watched Kimchi Chronicles though I've heard a lot about it. Have to check my local PBS station to see if we get here.
    That cauliflower stir fry looks so colorful and delicious.

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