Simple and budget friendly vegan cauliflower dakgalbi

Dakgalbi used to be one of the things I ate all the time while I was in Korea, it was the perfect combination and honestly, heaven. Also, it was super spicy and by the end of my time there I had my top 3 restaurants that made the best dakgalbi. A couple of months ago I posted one version with texturized soy protein but I wasn’t too convinced so I’ve decided to make another one, and this time, with cauliflower! Here the absolutely super delicious vegan cauliflower dakgalbi recipe.

What do I need to make this vegan cauliflower dakgalbi?

Honestly, this is a very easy recipe to make if you have the right ingredients. The cauliflower is really easy to find, but the trickier part is the sauce. For the sauce you’ll need:

  • Gochujang (chili paste sauce): basically the holy grail of korean cooking. You could use any other chili paste sauce but gochujang really had a distinct flavor.
  • Gochugaru (chili flakes)
  • Soy sauce
  • Agave Syrup
  • Brown Rice Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil

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Vegan Cauliflower Dakgalbi

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: cauliflower, korean food, spicy
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp green onion
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

For the sauce

  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp gochugaru (chili flakes)
  • 1-2 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2-3 tbsp gochujang (chili paste) If you don't tolerate super spicy food, cut this in half and add more if you feel like it.
  • 1.5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tbsp cornstartch a bit more if you want the sauce to be thicker


  • 1 serving white rice 1 per person


  • Cut the cauliflower in small pieces : separate the florets then cut in smaller pieces (around 2-3cm)
  • In a wok, add a bit of olive oil then start cooking the cauliflower at medium heat.
  • While the cauliflower cooks (keep an eye on it and stir every now and then!), we'll prepare the sauce.
  • To prepare the sauce, mince the garlic and put in a bowl. Add the sauce ingredients: vinegar, gochugaru, sesame oil, agave syrup, gochujang and soy sauce and mix well. Add the water and whisk. Set aside.
  • After 20 minutes of cooking the cauliflower (or until it is almost cooked but still has a bit of a crunch), set aside the cauliflower.
  • In the same wok, add the sauce. Cook until it starts to boil, then continue to cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the cornstarch and continue to cook at medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the cauliflower and coat it well with the sauce. Cook for a couple of minutes then it's all good.
  • Top with sesame seeds and green onion and enjoy with a side of white rice!

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