Fried Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

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It's an authentic Italian recipe for fried cauliflower bites. My fiance's mom who is from Italy gave it to me! Serve with a sprig of parsley for decoration. So simple, so delicious!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 large eggs

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs

  • ½ cup cracker meal

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste

  • ½ cup vegetable oil, or as needed


  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes; don't overcook. Drain.

  2. Mix flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix eggs and milk in a second bowl. Mix bread crumbs, cracker meal, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese in a third bowl.

  3. Dip cooked cauliflower into the flour mixture, then into the egg mixture, and finally into the bread crumb mixture.

  4. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Lower cauliflower carefully into the hot oil in batches, adding more oil if needed. Fry until light golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

388 Calories
8g Fat
63g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 388
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 380mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 35mg 177%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 413mg 9%

* 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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