Spicy fried cauliflower

Adam Liaw
Spicy fried cauliflower.
Spicy fried cauliflower. Photo: William Meppem

Boiled cauliflower was a staple in my house as a kid. If you've only ever had cauliflower cooked like that, then try it baked or fried – it'll blow your mind.


• 2 tsp salt

• ¼ tsp smoked paprika

• ¼ tsp curry powder

• ½ tsp chilli powder

• 1 litre canola oil, for frying

• 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

• 2 tsp finely shredded curly parsley

• black pepper, to serve

• lemon wedges, to serve


Combine the salt, paprika, curry powder and chilli powder and stir to combine. Heat the oil in a wok or large pan to about 180°C.

Add half the cauliflower florets and fry until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Drain and repeat for the remaining florets. While the cauliflower is still hot, sprinkle generously with the salt-and-spice mix, reserving any unused mix for a future batch. Scatter with parsley, grind over some black pepper and serve with lemon wedges.

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