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Fried Cauliflower Florets

August 21st, 2010 in Sides by
Total cooking time: 45min
Fried Cauliflower Florets

According to Wikipedia, cauliflower is low in fat, high in dietary fiber, folate and vitamin C. And I think that positions cauliflower as a nutritional vegetable and important part of the daily diet.

My mom boils florets first and then fries with flour and eggs. I like taste of cauliflower fried this way more than just boiled, it is less watery, also eggs and flour bring up a nice addition to taste.

By the way, flour can be replaced with finely ground breadcrumbs, tastes good this way as well. I prefer using bread breading I prepare myself, rather than breading mixtures.

Ingredients:


How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients:
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 1
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 1
  2. Carefully separate cauliflower head into florets, make sure they are more or less of the same size, otherwise it will be hard to cook them evenly; then rinse with cold water:
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 2
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 2
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil, add salt and put florets in; simmer for 12-15 mins (make sure water isn’t boiling to much or florets will lose their shape and it will hard to handle them after); the rule of the thumb – cauliflower floret stems should be not too soft, but not too hard either:
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 3
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 3
  4. Then carefully move boiled florets to the colander and let the to cool down (till this point cauliflower can be prepared in advance and stored in fridge; rest of the steps can be complete right before serving it):
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 4
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 4
  5. Warm skillet over moderate heat with 2 tablespoons of butter (make sure heat isn’t too high so butter doesn’t burn):
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 5
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 5
  6. Dip one floret to the flour:
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 6
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 6
  7. Crack eggs to the small deep bowl, salt to taste and mix. Dip a floured floret to the egg mixture:
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 7
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 7
  8. Put to the warmed up skillet:
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 8
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 8
  9. Repeat with several other florets:
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 9
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 9
  10. Fry each floret from each side until eggs are cooked through.
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 10
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 10
  11. Move cooked florets from the skillet:
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 11
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 11
  12. Server warm or cooled down with your choice of a main dish:
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 12
    Fried Cauliflower Florets Recipe: Step 12
Enjoy!

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Karen Lee

Here in Louisiana we dip them in egg first then ITALIAN bread crumbs then deep fried. We make so many we fry them in a huge crawfish pot.

Lea-anne

I had something similar in a restaurant lately… they seasoned the flour with cumin which was really nice.

What a vegetable this is. I love how versatile cauliflower is. I so tempted to try your recipe later this week (I have 3 heads of cauliflower waiting for me at home.) I will come back to your site and report on how your recipe turned out for sure! Would you like to take a look at my most recent cauliflower creation? http://cuceesprouts.com/2010/09/marinated-cauliflower-salad/

I love cauliflower prepared this way! I also do the same thing with broccoli. I usually steam the cauliflower or broccoli instead of boiling, and fry in oil instead of butter. It’s interesting that you dip the florets in egg first and in flour afterwards; I do the opposite – egg, then flour (or breadcrumbs). I’ll have to try your method and see if the results are different.

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