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Breaded & Fried Cauliflower Nuggets

Breaded & Fried Cauliflower Nuggets

These Breaded & Fried Cauliflower Nuggets are the perfect game day snack! Even when you're not into sports, you'll love these crispy nuggets. They are quick and easy to make!
Course Snacks
Cuisine American, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 443kcal
Author Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • frying oil


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water


  • 1 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup panko flakes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary


  • Break the cauliflower in florets and wash them.
  • For the batter: In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, paprika powder, turmeric powder. Add water and whisk until it's a smooth batter.*
  • For the Breading: Combine all the ingredients listed above for the breading in a bowl. 
  • Heat the frying oil in a pot.** Make sure you don't fill the pot more than half the height of the pot to prevent oil from spilling over. 
  • Then take one cauliflower floret at the stem, dip it in the batter, then in the breading (make sure it's coated well), then carefully lower it into the oil. Work in batches (4-8 nuggets depending on the size of your pot). Let them fry for 8 minutes until golden brown. 
  • Transfer the cauliflower nuggets onto a paper towel to remove excess oil. Repeat until you've used up all the cauliflower florets. They are absolutely delicious dipped in BBQ sauce or sweet & sour sauce! 


*You can adjust the consistency of the batter by adding more flour if it's too thin and more water if it's too thick. Ideally, it should be between a crepe (thin batter) and a pancake batter (thick batter).
**If you have a deep-fryer you can use it of course!


Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 1318mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 431IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 5mg