Sweet and Sour Cauliflower Stir Fry

OMG this Sweet and Sour Cauliflower Stir Fry is so good!  I am a big fan of sweet and sour sauce.  Sadly, most store bought brands are loaded with sugar and other additives.  So I had to make my own and boy did it come out good!  Actually, I can’t take total credit for this one.  I came up with the idea for a sweet and sour cauliflower stir fry, but my husband Marcus created the dish.  Some other creations of his are my Peanut Noodle Stir Fry and my Sweet Potato Chili.  He is so much better at the savory recipes.  I served this over brown rice, but it would be equally as good over quinoa.

Sweet and Sour Cauliflower - My Whole Food Life

This Sweet and Sour Cauliflower stir fry is vegan and gluten free.  You could probably serve it over cauliflower rice for a grain free option.  I kept the veggies and the rice in separate containers in the fridge so I could add the amount of rice I wanted.  I ate 2 servings of the veggies and only a small portion of the rice.  I can see the sauce working in a lot of other recipes too!

Sweet and Sour Cauliflower Stir Fry

Sweet and Sour Cauliflower Stir Fry

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 25 min Serves 4 servings     adjust servings


    For the stir fry

    • 2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
    • 1 head of cauliflower chopped into florets
    • 2 cups peas
    • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
    • 1 garlic clove minced
    • sea salt to taste

    For the sauce

    • 1 cup pineapple juice (I juiced my own)
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 2 T white vinegar
    • 1/4 cup ketchup (I used homemade )
    • 2 T coconut aminos or soy sauce


    1. In a bowl , mix all the sauce ingredients together.
    2. In a large saute pan , with a little oil, add the cauliflower florets, onion, peas and sweet and sour sauce. Cook half covered on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes.
    3. Add the garlic and salt and cook uncovered a couple more minutes.
    4. Serve over the rice or quinoa.
    5. I also added some raw bell peppers to mine right before I ate it.
    6. This should last a week in the fridge. Enjoy!!


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    17 thoughts to “Sweet and Sour Cauliflower Stir Fry”

    1. Can you think of anything that might replace the vinegar in the sauce? I have a friend who can't eat that and I would like to pass this along. Thanks! This sounds so yum!
    2. My daughter is gluten intolerant and she can only use rice wine vinegar because of the gluten in all other vinegars.....If you goggle gluten intolerant diet you can an entire list of foods that one can eat on a gluten free diet...
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    4. My neighbour called and asked me if I have a sweet and sour sauce recipe for her meatballs. I gave her your link and she said ti was amazing! She had to add cornstarch (of course, meatballs) and next time will double the recipe.:) She also will add pineapple chunks too, good with meatballs I guess.

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