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Fried Cauliflower with lemon slices in a blue bowl

Fried Cauliflower with Lemon

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: Cauliflower
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 194kcal
This Fried Cauliflower with Lemon is so flavorful and we just love the crunchy outside and the soft cauliflower on the inside. This is perfect for Chanukah or really any time of the year. So flavorful, and just so delicious!
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  • 1 large cauliflower cored and cut into 1" florets.
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper plus more, to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped, for garnish


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add cauliflower and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer to an ice bath, then drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Heat 2" oil a large saucepan until a deep-fry thermometer reaches 350 F.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, lemon zest, turmeric, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs.
  • Working in batches, dredge the cauliflower in flour, shaking off excess, then into the eggs, shaking off excess, and then back into the flour for another dredging.
  • Fry, flipping as needed, until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.
  • Taste, and season with more salt and pepper, if necessary
  • Place in serving vessel and sprinkle parsley on top.
  • Serve at once with lemon wedges on the side.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 337IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3mg