Recipe by Bert's Kitchen Witch
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").
Top Review by Queen Roachie
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!
- 1 head cauliflower
- 3 ounces crab boil seasoning (net-bag kind)
- 1⁄2 tablespoon salt
- 4 eggs (well beaten)
- 1⁄3 cup lemon juice
- 4 cups dry breadcrumbs
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere's or Emeril's Essence)
- 24 ounces cooking oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Wash head of cauliflower.
- Place cauliflower in a large pot with enough water to cover.
- Add the bag of crab-boil, and the salt to the water.
- Bring to a boil; cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until cauliflower becomes "fork tender".
- 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).
- Remove cauliflower from the water and drain.
- Cut cauliflower into florets.
- Place breadcrumbs in a large bowl and mix in the Cajun seasoning.
- Mix together the beaten eggs and the 1/3 cup lemon juice.
- Heat enough oil to deep fry the cauliflower to 350°F.
- Coat each floret in the egg mixture, and then dredge in the breadcrumbs.
- Deep fry until breadcrumbs turn golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
- Drain well on paper towels.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauces if desired.