Sweet and Sour Vegetables is a very hearty meal that is vegan friendly. The Cauliflower and Broccoli are roasted, giving this meal a smokey flavor.

Before I begin, I just want to share a little anecdote about this recipe. It is one of my strangest, yet, bravest moments of my life.

There was a Chinese fast-food restaurant in Queens, NYC.  They had many good vegetarian recipes on their menu, but, no sweet and sour recipe for vegetarians.

overhead view of a white bowl filled with vegetables

So, when I felt that I had “perfected” my sweet and sour vegetables recipe, I walked into that Chinese restaurant in Queens.  With my chin held high, I offered to sell my sweet and sour recipe to them for a “reasonable” 4-figure sum.

In those days, I was really trying hard to get out of my shell, so, I took this opportunity to better my selling skills.  For me to walk into that restaurant, it took every bit of courage and strength I could muster.

Closeup view of a bowl filled with rice and sweet and sour vegetables

I think I must have changed my mind several times before finally marching into that restaurant and make my offer.

Needless to say, they laughed me out of the restaurant.  Since I couldn’t understand Chinese I, thankfully, walked away without understanding any of their insults.

Overhead view of a white bowl filled with sweet and sour vegetables

I am sure you have already figured out that what happened next……

A couple months after that humbling experience, I noticed a sweet and sour vegetarian Lo Mein recipe on their menu!  At first, I was angry that they stole my idea without giving me credit for it.

Eventually, I was kind of proud of my tiny accomplishment and even flattered beyond words that they choose to add a sweet and sour recipe on their menu.

Ultimately, I want to believe that it was their most popular vegetarian recipe.

Closeup view of a bowl with rice and sweet and sour vegetables

I found that the trick to a good sweet and sour sauce is the pineapple.  More specifically, it was pineapple juice that gave the sauce the right amount of sweetness.

Also, I roasted pineapple chunks and then mixed them with other roasted vegetables.  This makes for a smokey flavored vegetables.

2 bowls of sweet and sour vegetables with chopsticks on the sides. One bowl has rice in it.

The end results were nothing short of delicious comfort food heaven!  This sweet and sour vegetables recipe is my favorite go-to dinner recipe.

I like to eat the noodles with rice noodles, but, my family likes eating them with basmati rice.  You can serve it with brown rice or lo mein noodles

What is your favorite Chinese vegetarian meal?

Recipe for Sweet and Sour Vegetables

easy sweet and sour vegetables recipe

Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Sweet and Sour Vegetables made with Pineapple Juice, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Red Peppers. Simple dish that comes together in 30 minutes. Serve with Lo mein noodles, rice noodles or plain rice
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2 people
Calories 447 kcal


For the Sweet and Sour Sauce

For the Vegetables


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, add the cauliflower and broccoli
  • Add the EVOO, salt and black pepper. Mix well
  • Place the cauliflower and broccoli on a baking sheet
  • Roast for about 20 minutes
  • In a separate bowl, mix the pineapple chunks and agave
  • Place the pineapple in a baking tray and roast them for 10 minutes
  • Set the vegetables aside
  • In a bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients together. Mix well and make sure there are no lumps
  • In a stir fry pan, add the EVOO and heat on low for about 20 seconds
  • Add the onions and stir fry them until they are slightly caramelized
  • Add the red bell pepper and fry them for a few minutes, until the skin crinkles
  • Add the sweet and sour sauce.
  • Let the sauce thicken a little, but, stir frequently (about 5 minutes)
  • Add the cauliflower, broccoli and pineapple to the mixture
  • Stir well and let it cook for about 5-7 minutes. Keep stirring so that it doesn't stick at the bottom
  • Remove and serve over glass noodles or lo mein noodles


Other ingredients you can add:
- Mini Corn
- Chestnuts
- Snap peas
- French beans
- Green Peppers
- Red Pepper Flakes


Calories: 447kcalCarbohydrates: 87gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3025mgPotassium: 1030mgFiber: 7gSugar: 69gVitamin A: 2535IUVitamin C: 183.9mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 2.4mg
Keyword asian vegetarian recipes, how to make sweet and sour vegetables
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  1. I love flavor balance like this sweet and sour pineapple sauce. And 30minutes for this delicious dish is amazing. Im going to share it on yummly to keep the recipe! Thnks for this

    1. Thank you, Ana. It is a quick and delicious dinner idea. You are awesome for sharing this on Yummly

  2. This is the first time that i saw this recipe, I am finding a new recipe for our family day and I’m so glad that you share the ingredients and procedure

  3. Love your story! Even if they’ve stolen your idea , but you can be proud of herself, that you tried and their choose your recipe to add on their menu! Moreover, the recipe,looks fabulous! 🙂

  4. Looks delicious vegetables dish with an Asian flair sweet and sour the sauce is awesome. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. Your recipe seems doable.

  5. I think it’s awesome you put yourself out there. Whether it worked or not doesn’t matter because you took a huge leap of faith and that takes serious guts.

    This recipe is amazing. I could eat this every single day, all day long.