Cactus Fries (Nopalitos Fritos)

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by mollypaul

A zesty taste sensation from Jay's Mestena Cafe in San Antonio, Texas as published in Texas Highways Magazine.

Top Review by Raini

Amazing! My husband loved them! We ate them plain as well as dipped them in salsa. Great both ways.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Remove thorns and “eyes” from cactus, and trim off the edges of pads.
  2. Blanch cactus for 2 minutes in a covered pan with enough boiling salted water to cover; drain.
  3. Cut cactus in 3- to 4-inch strips similar to French fries; set aside.
  4. Combine cornstarch and achiote paste in a blender or food processor, and pulse until smooth.
  5. In a medium-size bowl, combine flour and baking powder, add cornstarch mixture, and blend well.
  6. In another bowl, beat egg white to stiff meringue.
  7. Fold into the flour mixture, alternating with enough ice water to make batter the consistency of unbeaten egg white; chill.
  8. Dredge cactus strips in batter, and fry in deep hot oil (375° on the thermometer) until crisp and golden, approximately 3 minutes.
  9. Drain well and serve.

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