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country fried cauliflower

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Sena Wilson
Lake Jackson, TX

We are always looking for various recipes for fresh vegetables, and cauliflower is one of them. But sometimes it is boring with the regular cheese sauces that are not as healthy. This recipe calls for frying the cauliflower, but that is the "country" style in my Southern taste. Use peanut oil or canola oil for less fat. Add more spice if you prefer. This recipe is delicious served as a side dish or with a remoulade sauce for dipping. Enjoy!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Everything is better fried... including cauliflower! Serve this fried cauliflower, and you'll convert everyone to a cauliflower lover. Once fried, the cauliflower is soft inside a crispy crust. Sprinkling Parmesan cheese liberally on top adds a nice salty touch. We served ours with a side of remoulade sauce. These fried cauliflower bites can be a game-day snack, party appetizer, or a side dish.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield 4 - 6
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Pan Fry

Ingredients For country fried cauliflower

  • 1 lg
    head of cauliflower
  • 2 lg
    eggs, beaten with 1 Tbsp water
  • 3/4 - 1 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    Parmesan cheese, finely grated and divided
  • 1/8 tsp
    sweet Spanish paprika (optional)
  • peanut or canola oil for frying

How To Make country fried cauliflower

  • Cauliflower cut into thicker pieces.
    Wash and cut cauliflower into thick (1/2") slices from top to bottom of the head (the slice will look like a fan). Remove all green leaves and excess root. Leave just enough "root" at the bottom to hold the sliced clusters together. If some of the clusters break off into smaller pieces that is fine. Just dip them and fry!
  • Flour, spices, and Parmesan cheese in a bowl.
    Mix together flour, spices, and 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese.
  • Coating cauliflower in beaten egg mixture.
    Add enough peanut oil to cover the bottom of the skillet. Heat to medium-high temperature for frying. While oil is heating, dip cauliflower in the beaten egg mixture.
  • Then dipping cauliflower in the flour mixture.
    Then coat it with the flour mixture.
  • Frying the cauliflower.
    Cook cauliflower, on both sides, until golden brown. Do not overcook (2 - 3 minutes each side).
  • Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the fried cauliflower.
    Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the remaining 1 Tbsp of Parmesan cheese on fried cauliflower.
  • Inside of the Country Fried Cauliflower.
    Serve as a side dish or with remoulade sauce for dipping. Delicious!