Fried Cauliflower

Monday, October 15, 2018

This fried cauliflower, and a huge favorite appetizer in our Italian family. The herbs, spices in this batter compliments the cauliflower perfectly.

It has a nice crisp crunch on the outside and soft fried cauliflower inside. These appetizers taste great plain or dipped in your favorite sauces.

Growing up in East Utica, New York, my mom made these often for an appetizer before a big Holiday Italian meal.

Now, I carry on that same tradition with my family.

I think of my mom and dad often in the kitchen and the foods we grew up on and keeps them alive in the kitchen. This is a favorite appetizer of mine now but not so much as a kid.

This little appetizer is just perfect for the Holiday season, I always make them on Thanksgiving and  around Christmas time. That's when most of the family gets together for a big meal.

If you want an appetizer that will fly off the plates, this is it!

Scroll down to see this easy cauliflower recipe, it's perfect with any meal.



This is how to make a crispy coated batter fried cauliflower with herbs and spices as an appetizer. The cauliflower is cut up into small bite size pieces and then coated with a tempura batter and pan fried






Cauliflower is so versatile


I love cauliflower, I even make a cauliflower mashed potato that is awesome as a side dish.


I like eating it raw on an appetizer board or even in a salad.


This fried cauliflower is a delicious appetizer and so easy to make.



This is how to make a crispy coated batter fried cauliflower recipe with herbs and spices as an appetizer. The cauliflower is cut up into small bite size pieces and then coated with a tempura batter and pan fried




No Par Boiling


There is no boiling required to the cauliflower.


I do not ever recommend that method of boiling either, since it cooks perfectly when fried.


Just remember to wash, cut it up into small florets and blot it dry with paper towels.




this is how to make a crispy tempura batter for frying vegetables and these are cauliflower frying in a pan with oil until they are crispy on both side. The oil is bubbling hot and good to use cast iron skillet with these fried florets.



Crispy Outside and Crunchy


When you fry these, you can make light or dark, the darker you cook them the crispier they get.


This batter is just perfect for this cauliflower.


It gives the outside that perfect golden brown crunchiness and the inside cauliflower is nice and soft.


Here is a longer fried version this fried cauliflower.


They are not overcooked but some of the family loves them very crispy, so I cook them longer.




This is how to make a crispy coated batter fried cauliflower with herbs and spices as an appetizer. The cauliflower is cut up into small bite size pieces and then coated with a tempura batter  recipe and pan fried




Change it Up


You can make this as spicy as you would like and add more or less cayenne pepper to your taste or even hot sauce.


I love herbs and spices, the more garlic the better you can use fresh minced garlic or granulated.


Don't be afraid to sprinkle more on after they're fried.


These are delicious dipped in Asian sauce, I like mine plain.



This is how to make a crispy coated batter fried cauliflower with herbs and spices as an appetizer. The cauliflower is cut up into small bite size pieces and then coated with a tempura batter  recipe and pan fried




Adapt to your taste!


You will have to adapt these to taste.


I also like to sprinkle the cauliflower with grated Romano and Parmesan blended cheese and dried parsley after they are fried.


You can also use this batter for any kind of vegetables, pickles and even seafood.



this is a tempura herb and garlic batter to fry cauliflower or any vegetables and fish in recipe




Always use fresh!


I never use frozen vegetables, only fresh.


Extra moisture will ruin this batter, that why I always suggest washing the cauliflower then blotting it dry with paper towels or even use a salad spinner.


The raw cauliflower is perfect for this batter and you can do broccoli or even zucchini the same way.


Most all vegetables, fish and even chicken work well with this batter when fried.




this is cut up washed cauliflower getting ready to be battered and then fried recipe




Pan Fried Cauliflower


Use a deep chicken fryer style pan to fry in.


I add around 2 inches or oil for frying.


Only turn the cauliflower when one side starts to turn brown.


The coating always sticks well but follow those directions.


Ice water is a must and I actually add ice to the water to make sure it's really ice cold!




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This is how to make a crispy coated batter fried cauliflower with herbs and spices as an appetizer. The cauliflower is cut up into small bite size pieces and then coated with a tempura batter and pan fried.




More Tips


Make sure there is no water or moisture on your cauliflower or whatever you decide to make with this batter.


Always test this oil first by adding a tiny bit of batter to your oil to see if it sizzles before frying.



This is a pan fried cauliflower in batter and the recipe on how to make them




Love The Cheese!


Add grated Parmesan and Romano on these while hot after frying instead of salt.


Use vegetable oil or a combination of olive oil and canola oil when frying.


These are bland if you don't use sea salt which enhances the flavor in the batter in my opinion.


If you love spicy add more cayenne pepper or hot sauce into the batter.


Use marinara sauce, Asian sauce or other sauce recipes you like, here are some
sauce suggestions here.



This is how to make a crispy coated batter fried cauliflower with herbs and spices as an appetizer. The cauliflower is cut up into small bite size pieces and then coated with a tempura batter and pan fried




Check out some of our other favorite appetizers




Fried Ravioli
Fried Mozzarella
Fried Calamari
Fried Zucchini Grandma's
Fried Potato and Tuna Cakes
Fried Avocado
Fried Polenta





this is how to make batter fried cauliflower crispy and crunchy outside and soft cauliflower inside and appetizer before dinner or snack



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Besides mom's stuffed mushrooms and fried panzerotti, this fried cauliflower recipe is my favorite appetizer.


This pan fried cauliflower is easy and perfect to serve before a big meal or just as an appetizer plain or with a dip you like.


If you have never tried pan frying cauliflower, give this fried cauliflower a try it's truly delicious and perfect!


I recommend using a non stick pan or a thoroughly heated iron skillet that is seasoned properly to make this fried cauliflower in.



This is a pan fried vegetable called cauliflower and how to make it batter fried.




Watch My Quick Video Clip on Fried Cauliflower











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Yield: 24 florets or more

Fried Cauliflower

prep time: 5 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 15 mins
This is a fresh head of cauliflower battered fried in oil

ingredients:

1 head of fresh cauliflower washed and cut into floret pieces
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon each granulated garlic powder, oregano, Italian seasoning
pinch of cayenne pepper 

1 egg
2/3 cup ice water
oil for frying

instructions:

Whisk all dry ingredients together, set aside. Beat in another bowl the egg and ice water. Stir into the dry ingredients stir until mixed smooth.

Heat the oil on low to medium heat ( I use number 3 on my stove). 

Add the cauliflower to the batter, using thongs or a slotted spoon, letting the excess drop back into the bowl.

Add the cauliflower to the preheated oil.  Do not crowd them or touch together.

Fry each cauliflower until golden brown on each side around 8 to 10 minutes.

I usually try one to make sure it's soft and cooked all the way through.
calories
70
fat (grams)
9
sat. fat (grams)
7
carbs (grams)
11
net carbs
6
sugar (grams)
2
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19 comments

  1. Such a great recipe Claudia! My whole family loves cauliflower and I'm sure they'll savour this one for sure!

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  2. I could definitely eat a whole plate of this fried cauliflower. It's definitely a great recipe for an appetizer!

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  3. Thanks for all the great tips! I love cauliflower and your batter fried version looks SO tasty!

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  4. I eat cauliflower all the time, but have never tried it fried. Sounds delicious!

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  5. Very delicious and a great recipe to enjoy some cauliflowers!

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  6. Oh gosh, I love cauliflower. I have never tried one fired this way, but you totally inspired me and I will be making your recipe!

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  7. Claudia, this might just be the way to get my kids to eat cauliflower! I think they'd love them dipped in marinara sauce just like mozzarella sticks! Yum! :)

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  8. I love fried cauliflower! Your photos made me drool a little. I am definitely trying this asap!

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  9. I love cauliflower and this is perfect! I've never had it done this way, but now I have to asap!

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  10. Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies! So healthy and delish. Love the batter it seems to be the perfect consistency.

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  11. This is my weakness, I could easily finish a whole plate in no time. Meaty crispy cauliflower - oh I'm hungry now

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  12. As a kid one of my favorite way to eat cauliflower was DEEP fried. Mom would make them Indian spiced. These days I don't eat them as much. But still love them fried. yum.

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  13. Cauliflower is one of our favorite vegetable and my mamma would make it a lot -- cooked not fried. It looks delicious fried as an appetizer. In fact, I have a cauliflower in the fridge waiting for some TLC. When we get the chance, we'll try out your recipe -- I know it would be a hit with our family.

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  14. We rarely eat cauliflower but I believe I would enjoy these.

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  15. Wow, these appetizer are great! A lightweight and easy list of ingredients is what I love.Scrumptious! I am going to try this out. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. YUM!

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  16. Dear Claudia, you fried cauliflower looks wonderfully crispy and delicious. I know my daughter would love to try this. She started the keto diet a while back and now we always have cauliflower on the side! XO

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  17. I often think of my Italian grandmother when I'm in the kitchen. Fried cauliflower sounds wonderful and perfect for a game day snack.

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  18. My mom would made this often when we were kids. Never made them myself though. Gotta do it soon :)

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  19. I'm like you and love cauliflower any way it is prepared. Fried and sprinkled with grated cheese...sounds perfect to me.

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