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  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 C buttermilk
  • 2 C AP flour
  • 1/2 C rice flour
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • peanut or canola oil for frying
  • 1/2 mayo
  • 1 TBLS horseradish, prepared
  • 1 TBLS ketchup
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 dash tabasco
  • kosher salt and black pepper
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Crispy…Crunchy…and it’s a vegetable…so it has to be good for you, right? Who cares…this Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower is the bomb! Super easy to prepare and you just may get your kids to eat cauliflower? Win! Win! The dipping sauce is out of this world. You can adjust the heat level to your liking…even a simple ranch dressing would do fine!

a piece of buttermilk fried cauliflower

Take the outer green leaves off of the cauliflower. Cut away just a bit of the core…not too much as you do not want the steaks to fall apart…you can trim later. Cut the cauliflower into steaks, just less than an inch wide. Don’t worry if they are not perfect…that is the beauty of this recipe. You will also have smaller pieces from the cut and that is fine too.

a head of cauliflower cut into steaks

Heat enough oil in a cast iron pan for a deep fry. If you do not have a cast iron pan…or three in your kitchen…you need one! Click here for the one I used in this recipe.

Pour the buttermilk in a shallow bowl. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Combine the flour, rice flour, paprika, kosher salt and pepper in a pan. Place the cauliflower in the buttermilk and coat entire surface. Dredge each piece in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess.

Drop the cauliflower in the hot oil and allow to brown on both sides. You will probably have to fry the entire head in about three to four batches. Remove the fried cauliflower from the fryer and place on paper towels to drain any excess oil. Salt immediately.

As you are frying the cauliflower, prepare the dipping sauce. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust to your liking. I may have added just a touch more horseradish and Sriracha to my final version.

dipping sauce for fried cauliflower

You will be amazed at the crunch you get from adding the rice flour…you can substitute cornstarch if needed. Serve immediately. ENJOY this amazing Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower!!!

Love cauliflower? Check out this recipe for my Mashed Cauliflower…a perfect low-carb side dish!

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  1. […] This recipe will yield a lot. I would suggest freezing some for the upcoming chilly winter evenings. My version contains chicken stock. However, feel free to substitute with vegetable stock to make it vegetarian. Click here to watch a short cooking video I created on TikTok. Also, if you love cauliflower recipes, I have a great one for Roasted Cauliflower as a side dish. For a more indulgent recipe, check out my Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower. […]

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