Battered Cauliflower (Other blogs Vs Reality) Gluten free and vegetarian

I’ve been scrolling through endless blog posts of battered cauliflower, which attempts to pass itself off as battered chicken. It either resembles popcorn chicken or chicken wings. Having been a vegetarian for around 13 years I’m always excited to find something new to try and so this week I decided to try it out for dinner.

I warn you now, my attempt looks nothing like the ones you will have seen on other people’s blogs – I suspect this is because I shallow fried them (and not because I’m rubbish at making things look pretty). They still tasted amazing though and it’s definitely something I will be making again!

I grabbed the cauliflower and two potatoes to make wedges with the battered cauliflower. I love making wedges, it’s so easy. I keep the skins on and just chop the potatoes up, then pop them in the oven with some oil and a sprinkle of salt for around 45 minutes.

In order to make the battered cauliflower you will need:

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (and extra for frying)
  • 4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 250ml milk
  • 15 tbsp gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 6.

To begin I chopped up the cauliflower and washed it.

I then added 2 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tsp cayenne pepper, a sprinkle of chilli flakes and some salt and pepper. I tossed the cauliflower in the mixture and then put it in the pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.

Whilst the cauliflower is roasting mix together your milk and flour in order to make the batter. 

I then add 2 tsps of cayenne pepper, 1 tsp baking power and some salt and pepper. The cayenne pepper ensured that the batter had a bit of a kick to it, however if you would prefer it didn’t have a kick then leave this out!

Once the cauliflower is roasted heat some vegetable oil in a pan. Drop some batter into the oil so you know when it is hot enough to cook the bater in.

At this point I thought all had been lost and I would have to think of something else to have for dinner – I mean just look at that mess in the pan!

I soon realised that because I was shallow frying the cauliflower the batter was all sinking to the bottom. I decided not to give up on it yet (I also didn’t want to have to cook something different) and so I kept turning the pieces to ensure that the batter cooked evenly and it coated the whole of the piece, rather than just sinking to one side. It took roughly 5 minutes for all of the pieces to cook.

It may not look as pretty as some of the other blog’s attempts but it tasted good!

Have you tried battering cauliflower?



16 thoughts on “Battered Cauliflower (Other blogs Vs Reality) Gluten free and vegetarian

      1. I’ve been doing wraps with seitan and lots of veggies, along with some quick seitan stews (it being deep winter here in Canada). I love the little insights you share on your blog, you are awesome!

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    1. It tastes amazing doesn’t it 😍 Have also used this batter recipe on some halloumi 🤤 I have some breadcrumbs in the cupboard, I’ll have to try it out and bake them! Whoever said vegetarians ate healthy 🙄😂

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