Fried cauliflower tacos
Whether you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative or just want to try a new kind of taco, this battered and fried cauliflower is kind of magical: the cauliflower comes out both wonderfully crispy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside.
Pair with a quick cabbage slaw and an easy fish taco sauce for a complete meal.
You'll be eating in: 55 minutes
Active time: 40 minutes
Yield: 12 tacos
For the batter:
teaspoon garlic powder
teaspoon baking powder
cup sparkling water (or 1 cup water + additional 1/2 teaspoon baking powder)
For the cauliflower:
cups plain breadcrumbs
Neutral oil like canola or vegetable for frying
For the cabbage slaw:
head green cabbage, thinly sliced
red onion, thinly sliced
radishes, cut into matchsticks (optional)
a lime, juiced
teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
cabbage slaw (above)
Prepare the slaw
Toss sliced cabbage, onion, radishes, jalapeño, lime juice and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
Prepare the cauliflower
Divide the head of cauliflower into bite size pieces.
Make the batter
In a large bowl, mix flour, cornstarch, salt, garlic powder, and sparkling water.
Toss all of the cauliflower into the batter and mix until pieces are coated.
Remove pieces from the batter one at a time (remove excess batter to prevent clumping the breadcrumbs). Coat each piece completely with breadcrumbs.
Line a sheet pan (or a couple plates) with paper towels and set to the side of your frying vessel.
Heat ~1inch of oil to 325-350 degrees in a 10" or 12" cast iron pan (you can deep fry but I like this method because it uses less oil and shallow frying is an excellent way to season cast iron). Fry cauliflower pieces in batches until golden brown, careful not to crowd the pan (this can decrease the temperature of the oil and prevent proper browning), flipping a few times to make sure all sides are evenly browned. Drain cauliflower on prepared sheet pan and season with additional salt.
Layer tortillas with fish taco sauce, fried cauliflower, and cabbage slaw. Finish with additional lime and hot sauce to taste.
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Buffalo style: combine equal parts melted butter and Frank's red hot sauce and toss with fried cauliflower. Excellent with ranch or blue cheese dressing.