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Crazy Crunchy Breaded Cauliflower

Crazy Crunchy Breaded Cauliflower

  • Author: Sharon Matten - Kosher Everyday
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetable
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Gluten Free
  • Diet: Kosher


Crazy Crunchy Breaded Cauliflower tastes just like your favorite fried cauliflower but it’s not fried!!! Perfect as a side dish or for a party, be sure to make a lot. These are crazy good!


Units Scale
  • 2 large heads cauliflower, broken into flowerettes
  • nonstick spray

For the Egg Mixture

  • 1/2 cup liquid egg
  • 1/4 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic oil

For the Breading Mixture

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup unflavored (gluten free) panko crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons (plant based) grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons dried green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

See below for ingredient substitutions


Pre-bake Preparation

  1. Preheat oven or air fryer to 400°F or 375°F Convection.
  2. Cover a large baking sheet with a silicone mat or foil.  If using foil, spray thoroughly with non-stick spray.  If using an air fryer, spray the tray with nonstick spray.

For the Egg Mixture

In a large bowl whisk together the egg, oil and Franks Red Hot Sauce until completely blended.  Set Aside.

For the Breading Mixture

In a large casserole, pan or bowl, toss together the corn meal, panko crumbs, dried onion, (plant based) parmesan, black pepper and salt.

To Finish

  1. Dip a single piece of cauliflower into the egg mixture.  Make sure it is completely coated.  Using a fork or tongs, lift the cauliflower out of the egg and let the excess drip off.
  2. Place the coated cauliflower into the breading mixture.  Coat completely, then place the cauliflower on the prepared baking pan.
  3. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower flowerettes, breading one piece at a time.  
  4. Spray the breaded cauliflower thoroughly with nonstick spray.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.   Bake additional 5 minutes at a time if not completely browned, until the cauliflower is crispy and golden.



It’s super tempting to dump all the egged cauliflower into the breading mix at once. DON’T DO IT!  The breading will get clumpy and won’t coat the cauliflower properly.  It’s worth the minimal extra effort to have the cauliflower properly coated.


  • 2 large heads cauliflower substitute 24 ounces frozen cauliflower, defrosted and thoroughly drained
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute 
    • 2 large (room temp) eggs
    • 1/2 cup plant based egg  replacement
  • 1 tablespoon garlic oil substitute  1 tablespoon canola oil + 1 crushed clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dried green onions substitute
    • 1 tablespoon onion powder
    • 1 tablespoon asafetida


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 253
  • Sugar: 7.1 g
  • Sodium: 701.3 mg
  • Fat: 5.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 43.2 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 12.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.2 mg

Keywords: Fried Cauliflower, Gluten Free, Breaded Cauliflower, Air Fryer, Convection, Pareve, Plant Based


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