Pan-Fried Cauliflower Florets

by Tatiana
pan fried cauliflower

Pan-fried cauliflower is an extremely simple recipe, but very tasty and suitable for any time of day. The fried cauliflower florets is a recipe that has run in my family for years because it is easy to prepare, crispy, and delicious.

fried cauliflower florets

Whenever you are looking for a simple recipe yet wish to fill your belly with something healthy and good, the pan-fried cauliflower florets are what you need!  Although cauliflower may be one of the ingredients not many people are crazy about, with this recipe you will reconsider this vegetable. Some might even not believe they’re actually eating cauliflower, it is that good. Besides the fact that it is very tasty, cauliflower is also light and very nutritious. It is an excellent food for children. It can be dipped in a light sauce such as tzatziki or serve with plain sour cream and a refreshing salad such as the spinach avocado salad.

ingredients pan fried cauliflower

Pan-fried cauliflower does not need too much time to be prepared, nor it implies many ingredients. All the ingredients are certainly already somewhere in your kitchen.  Follow this easy recipe to see how to pan-fry cauliflower florets step-by-step. Either you wish to cook a tasty appetizer for your guests, or just for a snack or dinner, here is what you need to do:

how to prepare cauliflower

How to prepare cauliflower?

Wash the cauliflower in cold water. Remove the green leaves. Unwrap in the bunches and cut off small florets. Decide on how small or big you want to keep the florets. Just remember that the bigger the florets, the more time it will need to be cooked. That is all it takes. Yes, that’s all you need to do with the cauliflower. Some people like to pre-boil the florets, however, I like it when they’re slightly crunchy. Moreover, the more an ingredient is subject to heat, the more it loses its healthy proprieties. Therefore, if you follow my method, you will have a delicious meal stuffed with lots of beneficial nutrients.


However, if you prefer the cauliflower soft, you can boil the florets in salted water for about 5-7 minutes. Then remember to drain well and use paper towels to absorb excess water.

How to prepare the egg mixture for the pan-fried cauliflower florets?

Take a deep bowl to beat the eggs thoroughly. Use a whisk or a fork to do that. Season the beaten eggs with salt, ground pepper, and add a pinch of granulated garlic to the mixture. If you don’t like garlic you can skip it, however, I find it very enhancing to the taste. Now stir in one tablespoon of corn starch and 1 tablespoon of heavy cream into the mixture for it to become stickier. Mix well that there are no lumps left. The texture of the composition should be thinner than that of pancakes.

cauliflower with egg

If you don’t have corn starch in your kitchen, replace it with all-purpose flour. The result will not disappoint you either way.
Pass the cauliflower through the egg and flour mixture and make sure it coats well all the florets. Now it’s time to fry them.

By the way, if you like highly spicy food, sprinkle a few chili flakes onto the egg mixture and blend in. Oh my… I’m already hungry 🙂

how to fry cauliflower

How to pan-fry cauliflower florets?

Now that the florets are resting in the egg mixture, heat a pan and add a couple of frying oil to it. When it’s hot and ready, fry the florets on all sides until golden brown. Cover the pan with a lid so the heat reaches the core of the florets. The total frying time will vary between 5 and 10 minutes.

pan fried cauliflower florets

How to serve the pan-fried cauliflower florets?

Serve the beautifully golden brown florets as they are. Accompany this dish with a fresh dipping or a salad. Also, the nice part is that you can serve the pan-fried cauliflower florets as a side dish next to a meat dish such as the roasted turkey thighs or the tender pork steak. Whatever your choice is, make sure you enjoy every and each bite of it!

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pan fried cauliflower florets

Pan-fried cauliflower florets

Pan-fried cauliflower is an extremely simple recipe, but very tasty and suitable for any time of day. The fried cauliflower florets is a recipe that has run in my family for years because it is easy to prepare, crispy, and delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetarian
Cuisine American, european, World
Servings 4 people
Calories 153 kcal


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp corn starch or flour
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil


  • Rinse and pamper dry the cauliflower
  • Cut in halves and cut off small florets
  • Use a deep bowl to beat the eggs
  • Stir in the corn starch, heavy cream, and seasoning
  • Add the florets to the egg mixture and stir to coat well
  • Heat a pan and add the oil
  • Fry the cauliflower florets with a lid on
  • Turn sides and fry untill golden brown
  • Serve with pleasure


Calories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 658mgPotassium: 475mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 175IUVitamin C: 69mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cauliflower, fried cauliflower, fried cauliflower florets, how to cook cauliflower, pan-fried cauliflower
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