Cajun-Fried Cauliflower

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Berts 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!

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.

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