Fried Cauliflower “Chicken” | Vegan Soul Food


I call this fried cauliflower "chicken" because the recipe is based on southern fried chicken. It's so much better than the real stuff: juicy and delicious, no animals harmed, and much healthier for you and the environment!!
Shout out to Edgy Veg for the hot sauce inspiration 👅

FRIED CAULIFLOWER "CHICKEN" RECIPE updated recipe on my blog:
Makes 4 servings

1 ½ tablespoons ground flaxseed plus ¼ cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon white pepper
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
⅓ cup hot sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
5 cups safflower oil, or other frying oil
1 large head of cauliflower, cut into large florets

In a small bowl combine the ground flaxseed with ¼ cup water, stir well and set it aside to thicken for at least 3 minutes.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine the flour, salt, cayenne pepper, white pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, Old Bay, and nutritional yeast.

Into the bowl with the flax mixture add the hot sauce and Dijon mustard and whisk until creamy.

Preheat oil for frying in a large dutch oven or fryer. It should be around 350°.

Use one hand to carefully dip a cauliflower floret into the wet mixture, then drop it into the flour mixture. Use your other hand (it should be dry) to coat it completely. Dip it back into the flax mixture, and again into the dry mixture, keeping one hand devoted to wet and one to dry.

Carefully lower the twice coated cauliflower into the hot oil. Repeat with remaining cauliflower until you can’t fit any more into the pot. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, until the pieces are golden.

Transfer fried cauliflower to a large plate covered with paper towel to absorb excess oil. Continue to cook the remaining cauliflower.

Serve hot 😛

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  1. Sarah's Vegan Kitchen on March 28, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Cauliflower is so versatile! I ate a lot of fried chicken growing up lol. I had no clue it was just coated with flour like that — I thought it was some sort of special batter but this looks so easy I have to try it. 🙂 And that is my kind of salad for sure!

    • Claeon on June 20, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      SweetPotatoSoul Looks great. What’s a good dipping sauce?

    • Reyanna Wynters on January 4, 2021 at 7:34 pm

      Im going to try this for dinner 2nite. It looks so good! Fried Cauli-ken 😃❤️

    • Monae Reid on March 12, 2021 at 7:20 pm

      @SweetPotatoSoul where is the recipe link?

    • Deb Spencer on April 19, 2021 at 2:13 pm

      You should sell at Mac Donald all over the world please

    • Leslie Levine Photography on April 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      @Shawn Darling for familiarity and convenience

  2. Rosalind Owen on April 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Girl…..I tried this recipe in the oven. I replaced the flour with panko bread crumbs in a screaming hot oven….. absolutely delicious

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    • Hermosa Mock on January 11, 2022 at 9:11 pm

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    • Vienne Therapy on March 16, 2022 at 12:41 am

      Did you still double batter though?

  3. judy on April 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Girl you’re about to make me go vegan. I didn’t thinkIi’d be able to go vegan bc I didn’t think I’d be able to survive lol. I know vegans don’t only eat nuts and berries but you really have to be creative to feel satisfied. Especially coming from an ethnic culture where meat goes hand in hand with the foods. Your videos are really encouraging—give me hope!

    • Tony Jay on September 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Jenipher Rowry I completely agree that minimizing an issue is better than ignoring it. But I also stand by my statement that all natural beats mostly natural. I know minimally feeding of cancer and completely minimizing your chances through a full vegan diet may not seem like a big deal to you. But for those who want to lower their chances, (percentage wise) that 10 percent would be enough to make an adjustment.

    • Sofia D on November 9, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Judy Stubblefield yaaas go veg!

    • Anthony Johnson on November 24, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Judy Stubblefield lol

    • Mocha Mommy on February 28, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Judy Stubblefield

      You. An go plant based and have 90% of your food vegan. It helped my father loose over 30 lbs and come off his blood pressure meds.

    • Kristie Mao on May 27, 2018 at 10:16 am

      People still get cancer even while being a vegan. It’s partly genetics and other factors. Diet plays a role, but it doesn’t prevent all cancers. Linda McCartney was a vegan (and ate organic foods) and still developed and died from breast cancer. It won’t prevent all cancers.

  4. Cassandra on June 22, 2017 at 3:33 am

    So an hour ago at 10 pm I saw your video. I immediately hopped out of bed determined to make this recipe but i didn’t have hot sauce or Dijon mustard so i had to improvise. When I tell you that those cauliflower wings were so good 😋. I had to talk to myself so I could save it for my lunch tomorrow. I wanted to eat all of them

    • The COACH on December 28, 2017 at 1:31 am

      Cass B Please share the recipe and I have food on my ig page @coachthevegangfchef

    • Dulce Rissa on March 2, 2018 at 2:02 am

      I can give up meat it’s the milk and cheese that’s keeping me from going vegan :(.

    • S. Israel on March 9, 2018 at 12:58 am

      Dairy is a lesser evil so it seems. Milk has a large percentage of puss and blood in it, and cheese is the same just moldy and solidified.

    • Loren Wit on March 24, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      Dulce Rissa, try Ripple Milk and Love Your Heart and Daiya brand cheeses

    • lynej2011 on April 24, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      BetterFindBeckyWith TheGoatHair I think you just helped me get over my cheese addiction. The milk part grossed me out.

  5. Stephanie Petersen on October 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Made this for my family last night and they loved it! Thank you for sharing these recipes, you are helping with the transition to vegan for us!

  6. Elizabeth Roacher on December 2, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Delicious, my niece made this and I got hooked.After eating vegan fried cauliflower at her house on several occasions I decided to make it myself. Well, I’m happy to say I’m hooked, this time with my own cooking following your recipe. Thanks girl!!!

  7. Abdul Rokib on December 2, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Ok I’m sold. I now believe that soul food can be vegan. I miss soul food so much since transitioning

    • emotionalembryo on August 27, 2019 at 4:24 am

      Fucking SJWs

    • Princesslynn Jackson on December 9, 2020 at 3:28 am

      Vegetables are the REAL soul food❤

    • jron whitney on January 16, 2021 at 6:54 am

      Soul food never should have cilantro

  8. koolestman alive on December 6, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I did this today. It is soooo good. I’m eating as I type this. I cooked the first batch too long. So I adjusted the cook time and they are tender and juicy. Thank you for the great videos and tips

  9. kizze619 on December 6, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Let me tell you!!!! I’m sitting here eating this cauliflower chicken right now…… Thank you thank you thank you!!! My whole family is throwing down and raving about this recipe. ITS A KEEPER 💚💚💚

    • Jahara Ball on April 6, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      kizze619 girrrl yesssss it’s soooooo good I’m bout to make some more

    • priscilla divincenzo on September 24, 2018 at 12:38 am

      I tried it for the first time today and the flavor is wonderful however the batter didn’t stick, any advice?

    • Sharone Brown on March 1, 2021 at 12:54 am

      @priscilla divincenzo maybe double dip

  10. Dominique Mitchell on December 10, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    It was SO good. I haven’t had fried anything since I’ve been vegan. It’s life changing. Thank you💜

    • Sacred Aura on August 10, 2019 at 2:38 am

      You can fry broccoli as well

  11. It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken on January 4, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Oh that double batter has me drooling!!!! Those look incredible.

  12. Dani Terry on July 17, 2019 at 2:18 am

    This looks so delicious! I am preparing myself for this lifestyle.

  13. Jazmyne Ledae on August 14, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I know this video is old but I made it yesterday and soooo good and flavorful! The double batter really makes it and the flax egg is perfect for this. 🙏🏾

  14. Janet Wunder on April 19, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    I just finished making your cauliflower “chicken.” I had to double the flour mixture and the wet mixture to coat all the cauliflower. Not a complaint, just a mention. I also had some baby bella mushrooms, so I fried them with the mixture. Delicious. Thank you.

  15. Goddess 999 on June 10, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Omg this looks so good, I’m going to definitely try this recipe!! 😋

  16. Ladyd1908 on July 1, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Since becoming a vegan in January, this is the first fried dish that I’ve had. Omg!! This recipe is a game changer! I am not a fan of cauliflower but believe me, this was amazing and I can’t wait to make it again. Friends, vegan food is NOT boring!!

  17. T McDougal on July 14, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Tried this recipe with a few substitutes. Delicious!!!! Too much oil with frying though, and took so many pieces of paper towel to drain. I considered baking but didn’t know how that would turn out. Comments say just as good so I’ll try next time. SO GOOD! 😋😍👍

  18. Dee Richardson on July 24, 2020 at 1:47 am

    I tried this today and it was delicious!! Thank you for the recipe.

  19. BJW on August 4, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I tried this recipe 6 months ago according to my first post. The cauliflower fried chicken was delicious! I was surprised at how tasty it was. Thank you so much for this easy recipe.

  20. Mommie 39 on September 17, 2020 at 4:40 am

    OMG! I made this recipe tonight and it was so crispy and delicious!!! I will always make it this way now. Thank you so much!

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