One of my favourite Lebanese restaurants serves a side dish called Arnabeet, which is a fried cauliflower recipe with tahini sauce. These vegan and gluten-free fried cauliflower bites are air-fried and taste just like a dish of Lebanese Arnabeet!
If you’re looking for fried cauliflower recipes, you came to the right place.
This simple recipe uses only 8 ingredients and is made in under 30 mins. Using a simple seasoning blend and a technique to ensure crispiness, you’ll have the flavours of a Lebanese dish in your own kitchen.
Cauliflower is a special vegetable that can be turned into almost anything. Cauliflower is often made into Cauliflower wings, pizza crust, tacos, or served in its more traditional ways, such as in curries or soups, puréed or roasted. It allows so much flavour to be added to it and the texture can be so varied based on the dish.
Related Recipe: Cauliflower Wings with Ranch Dip
FRIED CAULIFLOWER BITES
VEGAN | GLUTEN-FREE
This air-fried cauliflower bites recipe uses simple ingredients that turn a simple vegetable into a crispy, flavorful side dish. It is a healthy and simple way to incorporate nutritious cauliflower into any meal.
Related Recipe: Vegan Tahini Sauce
INGREDIENTS FOR FRIED CAULIFLOWER (VEGAN):
- Deodorized/Refined coconut, vegetable, or avocado oil
- Cornstarch, arrowroot, or tapioca starch
- Ground cumin
- Sea salt
- Fresh parsley
- My 1-Min Tahini sauce recipe or plain tahini to drizzle & dip
KITCHEN EQUIPMENT I USED:
Full Recipe Measurements & Instructions are down below!
HOW TO MAKE FRIEND CAULIFLOWER BITES:
- Dry out your cauliflower and place them into a large bowl.
- Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with starch of choice, cumin, and 1/4 tsp salt. Toss to coat completely.
- To Cook In Airfryer: Place cauliflower in an air-fryer at 400F in small batches. Be sure not to crowd, and air-fry for 20-25 mins, or until they are golden brown and crispy, shaking every 10 mins or so.
- To Cook In Oven: Preheat oven to 425, and place cauliflower on a lined baking tray. Bake cauliflower for 15 mins, toss and then bake for another 10 mins. A cooking tip to get them crispy, turn the oven to broil until you get some charred pieces (up to 4 mins), tossing midway. Monitor during broiling and make sure they don’t burn, but just get some char.
- Meanwhile prepare plain tahini or make my tasty tahini sauce.
Remove cauliflower bites from the air fryer or oven and sprinkle with salt, a pinch of cumin, parsley, and a drizzle of tahini sauce.
- Serve with a lemon wedge and additional tahini sauce on the side.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into small florets
- 1½ tbsp deodorized coconut, vegetable, or avocado oil
- 1 tbsp corn, arrowroot, or tapioca starch
- 1 tsp ground cumin + extra to garnish
- ¼ tsp Sea salt, to taste
- Fresh parsley, finely chopped
- Lemon wedge, to garnish
- My tahini sauce recipe or plain tahini to drizzle & dip
- Place cauliflower into a large bowl.
- Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with starch of choice, cumin, and ¼ tsp salt. Toss to coat completely.
- To get fried cauliflower bites, place the cauliflower in the air-fryer at 400F, be sure not to crowd, and air-fry for 20-25 mins, or until they are golden brown and crispy, shaking every 10 mins or so.
- If you don't have an air fryer, heat oven to 425, and place cauliflower on a lined baking tray. Bake cauliflower for 15, toss and then bake for another 10 mins. To get them cripsy, turn the oven to broil and with the oven door open, broil for 3 mins, or until you get some charred pieces, tossing once. Again, an airfryer would be the easiest and my preferred method.
- Remove caulforlower from the air fryer or oven and sprinkle with salt, a pinch of cumin, parsley, and a drizzle of my tahini sauce. Serve with a lemon wedge and additional tahini sauce on the side.
I’m Candice & welcome to The Edgy Veg! I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or by-products of animals. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!
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