Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe originally came from my Cajun great grandmother. She didn’t speak any English, but her cooking always received that universally understood "Mmmm!" I have modernized the recipe, by using purchased crab-boil and Cajun seasoning, instead of her multitude of mixed spices. (Prep. and cook times are a "guesstimate").

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 ounces crab boil seasoning (net-bag kind)
  • 12 tablespoon salt
  • 4 eggs (well beaten)
  • 13 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 12 tablespoons cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere's or Emeril's Essence)
  • 24 ounces cooking oil


  1. Wash head of cauliflower.
  2. Place cauliflower in a large pot with enough water to cover.
  3. Add the bag of crab-boil, and the salt to the water.
  4. Bring to a boil; cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until cauliflower becomes "fork tender".
  5. When cauliflower becomes tender, remove from heat and allow cauliflower to "soak" in the spice for about 3-5 minutes (the longer it soaks, the spicier it gets).
  6. Remove cauliflower from the water and drain.
  7. Cut cauliflower into florets.
  8. Place breadcrumbs in a large bowl and mix in the Cajun seasoning.
  9. Mix together the beaten eggs and the 1/3 cup lemon juice.
  10. Heat enough oil to deep fry the cauliflower to 350°F.
  11. Coat each floret in the egg mixture, and then dredge in the breadcrumbs.
  12. Deep fry until breadcrumbs turn golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  13. Drain well on paper towels.
  14. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces if desired.


Most Helpful

OMG... so good that I'm munching on it now and didn't want to wait to review. I made some changes based on what I had, but followed the directions to boil, then cook a second time. I had Old Bay, but not a thing of crab boil, so I used that in the water, then rinsed the excess off after the cauliflower sat a few minutes in the water. I had a very small head of cauliflower that probably should have boiled less time. I then changed the directions so I could bake this rather than fry. I preheated the convection oven to 425', then did the egg/lemon wash, and breaded in cajun seasoned panko. Drizzled melted coconut oil over the whole thing, then baked 15 minutes, flipped them, and baked about 5 more. Crispy, spicy, and delish! I'm already putting cauliflower on the shopping list so I can make this again, but will get the crab boil to see how different it tastes. Thanks for sharing!

Queen Roachie May 15, 2013

We liked these very much. I made these to go with french dip sandwiches and they were a hit. I followed the directions exactly and we lovedit. The instructions were very user friendly. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us.

mommyoffour August 13, 2009

OMG I feel guilty now, but not at the time I was enjoying this. Pulled the old fry daddy out for this one. Loved it. Loved the crunchy coating. I made as directed except used broccoflower, which is very good. I used the cajun seasoning. Wonderful and not too spicy.

~Nimz~ April 01, 2007

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