A magic trick to make cauliflower your kid’s favourite

8 min cook time
30 min prep time
Cauliflower fry for kids at home - Easy recipes by ZenParent
Preperation Time:
30 mins
Cooking Time:
8 mins


  1. 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  2. 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. 6 slices fresh ginger
  5. 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  6. 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  7. 2 scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths
  8. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  9. 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (optional)
  10. 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  11. 1/4 teaspoon sugar


  • Preheat oven to 450 Degree Fahrenheit. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the cauliflower in a single layer and toss with 2 tablespoons oil. Season with salt and pepper, and roast until crisp and golden, about 30 minutes. Stir the cauliflower halfway through baking.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in your wok over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and cook for 2 minutes until caramelized. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for another 2 minutes, making sure they don’t burn.
  • Turn up the heat to high, and add the cauliflower and scallions. Cook for 30 seconds and then add the crushed red pepper flakes (if using), sesame oil, soy sauce, and sugar. Toss everything together, stir-frying for about 1 minute, and serve with steamed rice.

Cauliflower is the sort of vegetable that makes children suspicious of vegetables.

Why? Because it lies! It’s white, and according to universal child logic, white food is safe food. As if to confirm this, there are almost no other white vegetables. There are potatoes and radishes, but those are the least vegetable of vegetables. They’re the exceptions that prove the rule.

There are many kids who just don’t get cauliflower. Kids are pattern recognising machines, so however much you try tricking them to eat their veggies like cauliflower, they just know something isn’t right! They make weird faces and eat the vegetable rather unhappily or simply don’t eat at all.
I hear you over there saying, Just roast it. And dear Reader: You are so right!

This recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Stir Fry is such a clever idea, and so delicious.

I’m convinced that if you take any vegetable, drizzle it with olive oil, sprinkle on salt and pepper, and throw it in the oven for 20 minutes, you’ll get some of the best-tasting veggies ever — with little to no effort. One vegetable in particular takes to this treatment especially well: cauliflower. Be sure that if you make a batch of this stuff, it will disappear in no time.

Spooned over a pile of steamed rice, it’s a complete meal. Vegetarians will rejoice. (And so will the bubs who are die-hard carnivores!)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Serving
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 680
Calories from Fat 535
Total Fat 59.5g92%
Saturated Fat 11.4g57%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1599mg67%
Potassium 1163mg33%
Carbohydrates 34.5g11%
Dietary Fiber 10.3g41%
Sugars 13.4g
Protein 9.5g
Vitamin A 8% · Vitamin C 238%
Calcium 14% · Iron 14%