Grandma Nickie's Deep-Fried Cauliflower


My Grandma Nickie used to make this deep-fried cauliflower treat, and we could never get enough! After many attempts, I managed to copy her recipe. Both my boys asked me to teach them to make it. My family loves eating this with fish.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 3 cups oil for frying, or as needed

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup milk


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

  2. Toss cauliflower florets with salt in a bowl.

  3. Whisk egg and vegetable oil together in a separate bowl. Whisk in flour and milk until batter is smooth.

  4. Working in batches, drop cauliflower florets into batter; stir to coat.

  5. Working in batches, gently lower battered cauliflower into preheated oil; fry until florets rise to the top and float, 2 to 4 minutes. Carefully turn pieces over and continue frying until golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Use a slotted spoon to transfer fried cauliflower to a paper towel-lined plate.


For darker, crunchier cauliflower, fry for a longer period of time.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
18g Fat
28g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 185mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 54mg 268%
Calcium 92mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 462mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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