Deep Fried Crispy Cauliflower

Love cauliflower cheese? This “finger-licking-good-comfort-food” recipe might just push your favourite cauliflower recipe into second place.


  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, washed and broken into small florets
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 170g/6oz flour
  • generous grind of black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • generous pinch of mixed dried herbs


  • Beat the eggs, milk, and salt in one small bowl. Mix together the flour, spices, and herbs in a second small bowl.
  • Put a pan to the heat, with enough oil to deep fry the cauliflower.
  • Swirl cauliflower florets in the egg mixture, then toss in the flower to coat well.
  • Fry in batches until the florets are golden brown. This may take 5-6 minutes. Test one fresh from the pan – it should be slightly underdone, as the cauliflower will continue to cook/steam within its coating when you remove it from the pan.
  • Remove florets from the oil and allow to drain on kitchen towel.

  • Serve simply – a sprinkle of chopped parsley, and a simple dip. As easy as 2 tablespoons Greek yoghurt mixed with 2 teaspoons green pesto from a jar. Or?

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