Instant Pot Korean Cauliflower

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My Instant Pot Korean Cauliflower dish is a great bowl of hugs and happiness for your body and soul. You can eat this as a main dish, or as a side dish to accompany your favorite meal.

I’m always trying to find a great balance of eating healthy real foods, without having to sacrifice so much flavor. It’s one of the many great reasons why I love cooking with cauliflower. Cauliflower is a “blank slate” food item. Which just means that it absorbs the flavors that it’s cooked with.

Add into the fact that it’s an amazing low carb ingredient, with lots of healthy aspects to it. Have you tried making my Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower bites? Go do it! It’s such an easy recipe with only a couple of ingredients involved.

While you’re looking, take a look at this super delicious Instant Pot Cauliflower recipe I made with the cooking the cauliflower as a whole, or maybe my yummy Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup (WW and Keto)! Cauliflower is such a versatile food item, and I adore it so much.

Frequently Asked Questions about My Instant Pot Korean Cauliflower Dish

Everyone always has questions, so I try to think of what people might ask, and then answer them the best that I can. I’m totally not perfect, but here’s a few that I think you might be wanting to know about my Instant Pot Korean cauliflower recipe.

white bowl filled with korean caulifwer made in an instant pot

Can I use Frozen Cauliflower Florets instead of Fresh Cauliflower?

I would love to say yet, but I’m saying no. Even at the time that we cook the cauliflower in the Instant Pot, technically the frozen cauliflower is already cooked. Which means that the cauliflower cells have already been broken down from being flash frozen. When companies flash freeze vegetables, they are given a quick hot water/steam bath to blanch them.

However, you can still use frozen cauliflower by allowing them to full thaw, and then skip to step 3 in the recipes!

Can I use other Vegetables with the Cauliflower, or instead of it?

Absolutely, you can! I think using broccoli, thick cut carrots, and water chestnuts would be a great addition to this meal!

instant pot korean cauliflower recipe in a  white bowl

Is Your Instant Pot Korean Cauliflower dish Gluten Free?

No, it’s not. There’s gluten in the soy sauce; however, you can definitely use coconut aminos in lieu of soy sauce! Using coconut aminos will make it soy, gluten, and wheat free. Once you switch out the soy sauce, your dish will be 100% gluten free.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ Cup scallions, chopped (the white part only)
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Cups cauliflower florets, fresh not frozen
  • 1/3 Cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1 Cup water

Directions:

  1. Place 1 cup water into your Instant Pot Liner. Place cauliflower florets into a steamer basket, and place basket into liner. Close and lock lid, close vent on lid. Press Pressure Cook/Manual button for 0 minutes. Once done, do a QPR (quick pressure release). Press the Cancel button. You don’t want it to be on warming.
  2. Remove basket of cauliflower and set to side. Drain all water out of the pot, and allow to dry.
  3. Let’s prepare the sauce! In a small bowl whisk the soy sauce with the brown sugar, rice vinegar, cornstarch, ginger, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil.
  4. Place liner back in Instant Pot. Press Sauté button and add vegetable oil to pot. Once heated, add in sliced onions and garlic. Cook for about 1 -2 minutes. Once done, add sauce mixture to pot, stir, and then add in cauliflower.
  5. Gently stir cauliflower and until the sauce has thickened and caramelized, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and finish with sesame seeds and the green portions of scallions.

Notes:

  • You can serve this with rice or with noodles.
  • The sauce is sweet and garlicky and super sticky so it’s perfect to serve with a delicate side.
  • Cut florets into bigger pieces. If your cauliflower florets are small pieces, they will become very mushy in texture.
Instant Pot Korean Cauliflower
Yield: 4 servings

Instant Pot Korean Cauliflower

Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes

My Instant Pot Korean Cauliflower will be a flavor dish you'll want to eat over and over again!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ Cup scallions, chopped (the white part only)
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Cups cauliflower florets, fresh not frozen
  • 1/3 Cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1 Cup water

Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup water into your Instant Pot Liner. Place cauliflower florets into a steamer basket, and place basket into liner. Close and lock lid, close vent on lid. Press Pressure Cook/Manual button for 0 minutes. Once done, do a QPR (quick pressure release). Press the Cancel button. You don't want it to be on warming.
  2. Remove basket of cauliflower and set to side. Drain all water out of the pot, and allow to dry.
  3. Let's prepare the sauce! In a small bowl whisk the soy sauce with the brown sugar, rice vinegar, cornstarch, ginger, red pepper flakes, and sesame oil.
  4. Place liner back in Instant Pot. Press Sauté button and add vegetable oil to pot. Once heated, add in sliced onions and garlic. Cook for about 1 minute. Once done, add sauce mixture to pot, stir, and then add in cauliflower.
  5. Gently stir cauliflower and until the sauce has thickened and caramelized. Remove from heat and finish with sesame seeds and green portions of scallions.

Notes

  • You can serve this with rice or with noodles.
  • The sauce is sweet and garlicky and super sticky so it’s perfect to serve with a delicate side.
  • Cut florets into bigger pieces. If your cauliflower florets are small pieces, they will become very mushy in texture.

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