How to Make Tasty Fried Cauliflower that looks and tastes like Karaage

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two karaage fried cauliflower images collaged for pinterest with text overlay

This vegetarian Fried Cauliflower recipe takes its inspiration from the popular Japanese classic dish chicken Karaage[1].  Cauliflower marinated in soy sauce and sake is a great stand-in for chicken. Which is great news for Japanese food lovers who are also vegetarian and/or vegan as this recipe does not require any egg mixture.  

Fried cauliflower karaage served with shiso leaves in a shallow bowl

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What is Fried Cauliflower Karaage?

Fried Cauliflower Karaage is cauliflower florets marinated in soy sauce, sake, garlic powder, and ginger powder, coated with potato starch flour then deep fried in vegetable oil, just like Karaage chicken.

fried cauliflower karaage served in a shallow bowl with a small bowl of mayonnaise

Why you will love Cauliflower Karaage?

Deep fried cauliflower florets mimic the chicken meat and look like and have a similar texture to karaage chicken.  

It is a very simple and easy Japanese side dish recipe. 

Apart from soy sauce and sake, you can get all the ingredients easily from your local groceries. 

Because the cauliflower is marinated, you don’t need to make the hot sauce separately. Just serve with Japanese mayonnaise[2] with Shichimi Togarashi[3] (7 spices chilli powder) sprinkle.

a piece of fried cauliflower dipped into a small bowl of mayonnaise

Fried Cauliflower Karaage Ingredients

Cauliflower florets

1 tablespoon each of soy sauce and sake

1/4 teaspoon each of garlic and ginger powder

a pinch of salt and pepper

Potato Starch (Katakuriko)[4]

vegetable oil for deep-frying

cauliflower on a bamboo tray, soy sauce, sake, ginger and garlic powder, salt and pepper

The Step By Step Procedure For Making Cauliflower Karaage

1. Wash and cut cauliflower to make the florets looks like chunky chicken pieces. 

2. Remove excess water by patting dry with a kitchen paper towel.

3. Place the soy sauce, sake, garlic powder, ginger powder, and salt and pepper into a ziplock bag. 

4. Put the cut cauliflower florets into the ziplock bag. Zip the bag and toss the florets inside the bag so that the marinade covers the florets evenly. 

5. Marinate the florets for 15 – 20 minutes. 

4 photo collage showing marinating cauliflower florets

6. Place the potato starch into a separate ziplock bag. Drop the marinated cauliflower florets in with the potato starch and toss them around to coat them evenly. Shake off any excess flour mixture. 

7. Heat vegetable oil in a pan over high heat or in a deep fryer to around 365°F (185°C) and deep fry cauliflower florets pieces in batches until golden brown. 

8. Drain each of the cooked batches on a baking sheet covered with paper towels 

4 photo collage showing coating cauliflower florets coated with potato starch

9. Garnish with Shiso leaves.

10. Serve with a small bowl of Japanese mayonnaise sprinkled with shichimi togarashi.

4 photo collage showing deep frying marinated and coated cauliflower florets

Tips to make Fried Cauliflower Karaage

Remove the excess moisture with paper towels, so that the marinate will not be diluted. 

Use ziplock bags to marinate and coat with potato starch and just discard the bags. No washing up!

marinated cauliflower florets in a ziplock bag
karaage chicken drained on a kitchen paper towel
Karaage Chicken

FAQ

Is Deep fried cauliflower healthy?

The short answer is no, however, it is half healthy because you are using a healthy vegetable.

What kind of flour (wheat, tapioca, chickpea, rice, etc.) makes the best coating for frying cauliflower?

I usually use potato starch flour to deep fry Karaage, but if you don’t have potato starch then cornstarch can be used as a substitute for the potato starch.

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Fried cauliflower karaage is served with shiso leaves in a shallow bowl

Fried Cauliflower Karaage

Cauliflower is often eaten as an accompaniment to dinner. But this vegetable can be just as tasty on its own. Fried cauliflower Karaage is delicious, nutritious, and very easy to make

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Course: Appetiser, Side Dish

Cuisine: Japanese

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings: 2 serve

Calories: 43kcal

Cost: $3

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wash and cut cauliflower to make the florets look like chunky chicken pieces.

  • Remove excess water by patting cauliflower florets with paper kitchen towels.

  • Place soy sauce, sake, garlic powder, ginger powder and salt and pepper into a ziplock bag.

  • Add the cut cauliflower florets into the ziplock bag. Zip the bag and toss the florets inside the bag so that the marinade covers florets evenly.

  • Marinate the florets for 15-20 minutes.

  • Place potato starch in a separate ziplock bag. Drop marinated cauliflower florets and toss them around to coat them with potato starch

  • Heat vegetable oil in a pan over high heat or set deep fryer to around 365°F(185°C) and deep fry cauliflower florets pieces in batches until golden brown.

  • Drain cooked cauliflower florets on a paper towel.

  • Garnish with shiso leaves. (garnish is optional)

  • Serve with small bowl of Japanese mayonnaise sprinkled with shichimi togarashi.

Notes

*1 & 2 see Japanese food substitution post[14]
*3 & 4 You can use fresh grated ginger and garlic if you like.
*5 If you are not sure about this Japanese herb, see Shiso leaves post[15].
* nutritional facts as calculated do not include the vegetable oil nutritional facts. 

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 533mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

References

  1. ^ Karaage (www.chopstickchronicles.com)
  2. ^ Japanese mayonnaise (www.chopstickchronicles.com)
  3. ^ Shichimi Togarashi (www.amazon.com)
  4. ^ Potato Starch (Katakuriko) (www.amazon.com)
  5. ^ Youtube (www.youtube.com)
  6. ^ Pinterest (www.pinterest.com)
  7. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
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  10. ^ Print (www.chopstickchronicles.com)
  11. ^ Pin (www.pinterest.com)
  12. ^ Rate (www.chopstickchronicles.com)
  13. ^ Shihoko | Chopstick Chronicles (www.chopstickchronicles.com)
  14. ^ Japanese food substitution post (www.chopstickchronicles.com)
  15. ^ Shiso leaves post (www.chopstickchronicles.com)

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