The Edgy Veg

Chicken Fried Cauliflower

Chicken Fried Cauliflower Recipe

Chicken Fried Cauliflower RecipeI’ve made fried cauliflower into vegan chicken alternatives a number of times, but I guarantee today’s recipe will show you a new method to get the crispiest chicken-fried cauliflower ever!

This simple technique will level up standard cauliflower wings or florets and make them oh so crispy.Fried Cauliflower

Today’s fried cauliflower recipe uses a simple recipe to get a vegan fried chicken feel thanks to a bonus ingredient to get the crispiest texture. By adding rice crispy cereal to the coating, these become crunchy and savoury and you won’t believe you didn’t make these sooner. I originally discovered a gluten-free crispy rice breading version by my friend Mary’s test kitchen and wanted to try it with my own vegan chicken-fried methods!

Related Recipe: Vegan Buffalo Wings



This easy twist on the standard cauliflower wing recipe is a simple way to make cauliflower wings go from good to sensational. Don’t forget to make my super quick maple garlic dipping sauce for these!

Chicken Fried Cauliflower



5.0 from 5 reviews
Chicken Fried Cauliflower
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
By adding crisped rice cereal to the coating, these become crunchy and savoury and you won't believe you didn't make these sooner.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  1. Heat oven to 400F and roast cauliflower in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning after 15 mins.
  2. Remove cauliflower from the oven and set aside to cool.
  3. in a medium-size bowl, whisk together egg replacer, soy milk, and vinegar and set aside for a min of 5mins.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, nutritional yeast, paprika, sea salt, garlic salt, onion powder, and white pepper. Set aside.
  5. Place a wire cooling rack over a baking sheet.
  6. Transfer a few pieces of cauliflower into the seasoned flour, coat them completely and shake off the excess. Place onto the wire rack, and repeat.
  7. Now, add the rice cereal to the seasoned flour, and crush half with your hands.
  8. Now, let's dredge, dip each flour-coated floret into the soy milk mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Then coat in the seasoned flour with rice cereal, patting the rice onto the floret to help it stick, and place back onto the wire rack, repeat.
  9. To cook, you can use a deep fryer, a deep pan, or an oven. Frying will yield the crispiest, most flavourful cauliflower. It is the preferred method.
  10. If using a deep fryer, heat frying oil (I like peanut or vegetable) to 325-350F.
  11. If using a deep pan: pour enough vegetable oil to measure 3 inches inside the pan. Cover with a lid and heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  12. In batches, fry a handful of cauliflower in the hot oil at a time. Do not crowd or else the temperature will drop too much.
  13. Fry until golden brown and crispy in about 4-5 minutes, flipping occasionally.
  14. If you are using a deep fryer: lower into the oil and fry until golden brown and crispy about 3-4 mins.
  15. Remove cauliflower from oil and place back onto the tray, so that excess oil can drip from the cauliflower. Repeat.
  16. If using an oven: Place the coated cauliflower on a lined baking sheet and spray them generously with a cooking oil spray like coconut oil, or Pam. Bake them at 425F for 30 minutes, flipping at 15 mins.
  17. If using an air fryer, spray the air fryer basket with oil or cooking spray, place in a single layer, and spray them generously with the cooking spray. Cook on 375 F for 10 minutes. Flipping halfway through.
  18. Serve fried cauliflower with a sauce of choice to dip or toss in sauce, and serve with pickles, biscuits, roasted veg or macaroni salad on the side.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 373 Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 72g Sugar: 6.5g Sodium: 750.7mg Fiber: 9.6g Protein: 15.9g

Fried Cauliflower Edgy Veg

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!

Looking For More Vegan “Chicken” Recipes?

If you make this recipe, let me know what you think by leaving a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ star rating & comment below. It truly helps me & I really appreciate any support! Feel free to share your food photos on social and tag me @edgyveg so I don’t miss it!

Share My Recipe on Pinterest!Vegan Chicken Fried Cauliflower

Order Edgy Veg Cookbook

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

  • Great recipe! it was a big hit! I used bob red mill garbanzo flour as the egg replacer (6 tbs = 2 eggs) and it worked perfectly.

  • Haley Krauss says:

    Hi! How many cauliflower is 1 serving?

  • That method is great! I did not think of cooking cauliflower first before coating them with bread crumbs. Sometimes I don’t like deep fried food for some reasons, but one day I would get an air-fryer. I really enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for sharing it, Candice 🙂

  • Taylor says:

    Hi! Thanks for the recipe looks awesome im gonna give this a try this weekend 🙂 do you think this will be as good in the air fryer? If so how would you cook in air fryer?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      I’ve updated the cooking instructions! This recipe is definitely best when fried, but if using an air fryer make sure you spray them generously with cooking spray


        I ended up trying both ways, frying in oil was tastier but air fryer was also amazing 😍 thanks so much for sharing some amazing recipes!!

  • Emily says:

    This is my first recipe from you and I am so excited at how perfectly this turned out!!! So crispy, amazing flavor, simple instruction, my most favorite meal I’ve made since converting our family to vegan. I appreciate your channel so much, Candace! So delicious. Can’t wait to try another recipe!!! Will be buying your cookbook as well. Thanks again!

  • Beverly says:

    The flavour and crunch were awesome. I like heat so I added crushed red pepper flakes to the dry mixture…. it was my first time making cauliflower wings! I will definitely try it again!!! Thanks Candice

  • I’ll never need fast food again! Thank you candice


Cookbook on sale now

cook book

Easy Eats