Cauliflower Leaves Noodle Stir Fry Recipe

Cauliflower Leaves Noodle Stir Fry

The outer leaves of a cauliflower are delicious and edible but many people throw them away. You can cook them just like spring greens and use as a substitute for any leafy greens such as kale and collard greens. This recipe recycles the cauliflower greens along with carrots, celery and onion to make a yummy, quick, and easy noddle dish.

Only use the inner two of three layers of cauliflower leaves. This is all most shops sell them with, but if you grow your own the very outer leaves will be too tough and stringy to eat. Even if the stems are thick they will still be edible – just slice into thin strips.

cauliflower greens
Cauliflower greens are high vitamins C, E and K, iron, potassium, fibre and calcium.

I use brown rice noodles for this dish as they are gluten free and whole grain, but use whatever noodles you like. The vegetables are water fried so are just cooked in a bit of water that evaporates as they cook. Feel free to use a heat stable oil if you prefer to have them fried. Miso is a very nutritious food, but lots of the nutrients are destroyed when its heated. Its for this reason I let the stir fry cool for a few mins before adding the miso. If you can find unpasteurised fresh miso this is the most nutritious.

ingredients for cauliflower greens stirfry

Cauliflower Leaves Noodle Stir Fry Recipe

  • Total time: 15m
  • Yield: 2 portions
  • Calories: 310 cal


  • 2.6 oz / 150g dry Noodles
  • 1 Cauliflower, just the outer green leaves
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 Carrots
  • 4 Celery stalks
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1″ Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Miso
  • 1 tsp Tamari / Soy sauce

How to make

  1. Cook the noodles as per the directions on the pack, then drain and put to one side.
  2. Finely chop the cauliflower leaves.
  3. Dice the carrot, onion and celery.
  4. Finely chop the pealed ginger and garlic.
  5. Add all to a wok with 3-4 tbsp of water and water fry on a high heat for a few mins.
  6. I prefer the veg al dente as it has more vitamins and crunch. If you prefer them softer cook for a few more mins.
  7. Stir in the noodles, tamari/soy sauce and miso. Enjoy!
dont bin cauliflower green leaves eat them
Don’t bin cauliflower greens, eat!

Cauliflower green leaves stir-fry close up

If your looking for a cauliflower florets recipe check out our vegan roasted cauliflower cheese or our raw cauliflower cous cous crunch.

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