There are a lot of beer batter recipes out there but this recipe from my mother-in-law rises above. She always uses cauliflower as the main ingredient, but any favorite vegetable will be a success. Ever had beer battered jalapenos? (Rough up the outside so the batter sticks!)

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

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  • Heat 1 quart vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Combine flour, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.

  • Whisk beer, egg yolk, and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a small bowl.

  • Pour beer mixture into flour mixture; stir to form a batter.

  • Beat egg whites until foamy in a large glass or metal mixing bowl; continue to beat until medium peaks form. The tip of the peak formed by the egg whites should curl over slightly when you lift the whisk or beat straight up.

  • Fold egg whites into batter, a few tablespoons at a time.

  • Toss cauliflower in the batter until fully coated.

  • Deep fry small batches of battered cauliflower in the hot oil until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined oven-proof plate. Keep warm in the preheated oven.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; protein 4.2g 8% DV; carbohydrates 14.3g 5% DV; fat 9.9g 15% DV; cholesterol 35.6mg 12% DV; sodium 245.7mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2016
This was by far the best fried cauliflower i ever had. Granted it is a lot of steps but all the beat things are. This is the only recipe i make for battered veggies i even use it for zucchini broccoli carrots and mushrooms. I want to try it in fish too! Thank you so much for sharing!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/16/2015
This batter is a lot of work and it just didn't work. Getting it to stick to the cauliflower even before we fried it was difficult and my cauliflower was completely dry. It was too runny and greasy. Almost all the batter came off in the fryer. We tried putting the battered cauliflower in the fridge and double dipping and that only helped a little. We added more flour but that made it worse. Finally we did the simple recipe we have been doing for years and that worked great. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/16/2015
This batter is a lot of work and it just didn't work. Getting it to stick to the cauliflower even before we fried it was difficult and my cauliflower was completely dry. It was too runny and greasy. Almost all the batter came off in the fryer. We tried putting the battered cauliflower in the fridge and double dipping and that only helped a little. We added more flour but that made it worse. Finally we did the simple recipe we have been doing for years and that worked great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/02/2016
This was by far the best fried cauliflower i ever had. Granted it is a lot of steps but all the beat things are. This is the only recipe i make for battered veggies i even use it for zucchini broccoli carrots and mushrooms. I want to try it in fish too! Thank you so much for sharing!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2017
Best beer batter recipe that I have tried. Great flavor and adhered well to the cauliflower. Followed recipe exactly. Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2019
Great recipe! My parents owned a supper club in the mid-west for many years and french fried cauliflower was one of their signature dishes and extremely popular. They always served it with a side of blue cheese crumbled dressing for dipping--a wonderful treat. Thanks for sharing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2016
Positively love this recipe. Worked very well with the cauliflower but I'll be using this beer batter technique on a lot of foods. It's more work but it's worth it. Read More
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