Delicious Fried Cauliflower ( and cornbread -w-homemade preserves )

I first had fried cauliflower in a local Italian restaurant years and years ago. This was a very good restaurant…if you ordered fried provolone you actually got a huge wedge of fresh provolone deep-fried that very instant.

I was quite enamored with that fried cauliflower and when we went back to that restaurant a year or so later, I couldn’t wait to order it again. It was not on the menu anymore! What a disappointment. I decided to just make some at home one day and it turned out horribly. Why ? I didn’t know to cook the cauliflower first :) This was back in the day where you couldn’t Google a recipe quickly.

Now my fried cauliflower, though I don’t make it very often, is a delicious treat. And it smells a bit like popcorn when it is frying.

Boil the head of cauliflower in a pot of water until fork tender. I usually cut the head in half and remove the outer leaves first. Drain and let cool.

On this particular day I mixed flour, cornmeal, and Italian seasoned breadcrumbs for my breading. Dip in egg, dip in breading and coat, and refrigerate for awhile if you can. I read this tip years ago for breaded foods, be they chicken, fish, or vegetables. If I refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes, the breading sticks much better.

Fry …I don’t use a lot of oil; just enough to cover the bottom, and I use olive oil.

Drain and season with salt and pepper and if you like it, Parmesan.

Fried cauliflower collage

Since I had the cornmeal out, I made a batch of cornbread. This recipe is on the back of Quaker Yellow Corn Meal…the only adjustment that I make to it is rather than use 3/4 cup cornmeal and 1 1/4 cup flour, I like mine to taste more corn-y so I use:

  • 1 cup cornmeal and 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup skim or lo-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten

Stir and blend until moistened. Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 400 degrees approx. 20 minutes. Test the middle with a toothpick.  ( It’s either this recipe or the Jiffy mix, but this one turns out well. )

After the holiday excesses, a light supper of fried cauliflower, a salad, and a slice of cornbread was delicious. But better yet, the next day, which was a rainy, dreary Sunday, was brightened with a cup of tea, cornbread, and homemade Stone Fruit Preserves.

Fried Cauliflower and Cornbread with Jam Collage

Out of all of the jams that I made this summer, and I made a lot, the Stone Fruit was my favorite.

Jam in Jars Collage


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21 Responses to Delicious Fried Cauliflower ( and cornbread -w-homemade preserves )

  1. Nana Diana says:

    OMGoodness. I have never heard of fried cauliflower. I am saving this recipe to my files to try one of these days. A good “stomach warming” recipe, too. xo Diana

  2. Chris k in Wisconsin says:

    As I was reading this, I recalled that my Mom used to make this w/ frozen cauliflower (about 30 years ago). She would make the cauliflower per the package instructions, and then put butter in a skillet and toss the cauliflower in it and then cover w/ seasoned breadcrumbs. It was SO GOOD. I had not thought of this in so many years!!! And I actually have a head of cauliflower in the fridge!! Serendipity!! Thanks for the reminder…..

  3. Peggy Thal says:

    Looks delicious! Love all the beautiful jars of home made jams. We used to always do that but haven’t for a long time. Maybe this year! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Carol Cook says:

    I love cauliflower and frying it sounds delicious although I try not to fry much food. I might try it this week.

    I hated most vegetables as a child because my mother always used frozen. My husband grew up with canned vegetables. As a couple, we began our married life with fresh vegetables only. Our children both love vegetables of all types.

  5. I’m afraid I don’t like cauliflower. Hubby is off anything fried, and has been feeling better.
    Your preserves are amazing. Well done.

    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

  6. Good thing I just finished lunch. Boy that looks good. There is a pizza place called Otto’s in Portland, ME, that has pizza with roasted cauliflower and it is out of this world. Yeah to the little florets.

  7. Grandma Kc says:

    Oh I just love cauliflower but I have never heard of it fried! This on I am trying for sure!!!! Maybe if I cook it and don’t tell Grampy what it is he will eat it?

  8. Debby Ray says:

    Deb, I first had fried cauliflower years ago. It was deep fried in a batter at some sort of festival where they have those food vendors. Actually, it was a “Fried Veggies” booth and the cauliflower was just one of several including, fried carrots, squash, onion, etc. My hubby and I just loved it and then I made it at home several times through the years. I have not seen it pan fried before it but looks absolutely delish! Last weekend I added some cooked cauli to broccoli/cheese soup…it was yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  9. Poppy says:

    Hi Debra,

    I love fried cauliflower, but have to admit, that mine doesn’t taste as good as when we have it in our favourite Cretan Tavern! Nonetheless, it is so satisfying with the Parmesan cheese. I tried making cornbread ONCE, and I was not impressed, but yours sounds delicious, especially when topped with the Stone Fruit and its scrumptious syrupy goodness!
    Thanks for sharing and lovely photos!!

  10. Joyce says:

    Mmmm, that just sounds good! I’ve never had it before but would like to try your recipe. Your versions always work for me – no “Pinterest disasters” on either one of your blogs!

  11. bj says:

    Oh my….all of these sound wonderful.
    We love cornbread with a passion but like the
    Southern cornbread….NO SUGAR. :)
    I like it sweet, too but hubby doesn’t.
    here from Mosaic Mon.

  12. A Garden of Threads says:

    The jams are summer bounty capture to enjoy during the winter months, they must taste great. Have a wonderful week. Jen

  13. Lavender Cottage says:

    My mother used to make breaded cauliflower which is almost the same as your recipe, except no bread crumbs and it is delicious hot, or cold the next day. I’ve made it a few times but the oil splashes all over the place, but I have to admit it is a tasty way to eat this vegetable.

  14. Pondside says:

    Fried cauliflower is new to me too. It certainly looks delicious!

  15. Eileen says:

    I love cauliflower but have never tried it fried. It does look delicious along with your cornbread. YUM! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a happy week ahead!

  16. I don’t know about the fried cauliflower….but the preserves look delicious! I love jam making.
    Have a great week. I am joining you through Mosaic Monday.

  17. Susan says:

    I can imagine that fried cauliflower is a real treat! I must try your recipe. Thanks!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  18. Jann Olson says:

    Oh my, fried cauliflower sounds so yummy! As does your cornbread and jam. Yum, Yum, Yum! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. This fried cauliflower looks delicious! I make a baked version of battered cauliflower that I’m addicted to. Definitely going to try out this recipe!

  20. Nancy Wolff says:

    I have never heard of friend cauliflower but my mouth is watering as I read your post! So glad you shared on the HomeAcre Hop. Hope you come back again tomorrow! – Nancy
    The Home Acre Hop

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