Watch out people, Kentucky Fried Cauliflower is a game changer…I’ve had an addiction to crispy, salty fried chicken for years. All those delicious spices and textures going on, it’s one of my food heavens. One of the best things about food though, is being able to share it. With a hardcore vegetarian wife, sharing chicken often proves challenging. To resolve this issue I’ve been playing around with alternatives. It turns out, deep fried cauliflower wings are a winner!
Deep-frying anything is hardly going to score any healthy points and the use of flour no longer makes this low-carb, so for me it’s a perfect ‘Cheat Day’ meal. That said, cauliflower is packed with vitamin C and K, you might lose a little by making deep fried cauliflower wings, but there’s got to be some residual goodness left over! The beauty of this Kentucky Fried Cauliflower, is that the coating goes wonderfully crispy whilst the cauliflower essentially steams inside, resulting in a thoroughly satisfying bite.
Kentucky Fried Cauliflower – Deep Fried Cauliflower Wings
- 200 g plain flour
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp onion granules
- 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp sea salt finely ground
- A good grind of black pepper
- 284 ml buttermilk
- 1 cauliflower cut into 1.5" pieces
- veg/peanut oil to fry
- thyme sprigs to garnish
- Your choice of hot sauce Frank’s Red Hot Wings or a really garlicky aioli are my faves!
- Combine all coating ingredients and pour into two bowls, pour buttermilk into another. Dredge cauliflower in spiced flour, shake off excess. Dip dredged cauliflower into buttermilk, then into next bowl of spiced flour. Lay pieces on greaseproof lined tray.
- Fill a medium or large saucepan one third full of oil, or prepare a deep-fat fryer. Heat to 180’C (2). Carefully drop coated cauliflower into oil (3). Fry for 3-4 minutes until deep-golden in colour, drain onto kitchen paper. Sprinkle with sea salt.
- To finish, carefully fry thyme sprigs for a few seconds until crisp, sprinkle on cauliflower and serve with your favourite sauce. Prepare to be mobbed by anyone in your household.
To seal the deal and create the perfect Kentucky Fried Cauliflower, you need to create the ultimate coating. To do so, I took inspiration from the great American chef Thomas Keller. His fried chicken is dredged in flour that’s packed with smoky, savoury spices, then dipped in wonderfully thick buttermilk before going back in for a second coating of spicy flour. Seriously, it is delicious! I used a similar blend with these deep fried cauliflower wings, serving them up with a simple cider vinegar dressed slaw and a spot of hot sauce, the results are divine. They’d go really well with this Cajun pork belly dish too. If you’re looking for a party food recipe that is sure to be adored by meat-eaters and veggies alike, you’ve just found it. Make plenty because the deep fried cauliflower wings it won’t hang around!