Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

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So I’m still on the quest to find delicious vegetable side dishes.   I was doing really well for a while and was trying a bunch of new recipes.  Then I got to a busy time in my life and I went back to roasting every vegetable known to man.  It’s just so easy to throw vegetables on a roasting pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook for 20 minutes.

As you know I’m a little bit picky about my vegetables.   I don’t like every vegetable which makes finding vegetable side dishes even harder for me.  I’m not a fan of tomatoes as a side dish and I don’t like beets.   Sweet potatoes are not one of my favorites and I do not like to eat turnips.  I have however started eating asparagus and Brussels Sprouts if they are cooked correctly so that’s something.

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I do really like cauliflower and broccoli so those are usually the vegetables I start with.  I searched for vegetable recipes using either one and found a fried Parmesan Cauliflower Bites recipe that sounded easy and really tasty.

It’s pretty much cauliflower dipped in eggs and then in a mixture of flour, Parmesan cheese, and seasonings.  The original recipe called for Creole seasoning but I didn’t have any so I added in a bit of garlic, some paprika, and a hint of chili powder instead.  The cauliflower is then pan fried in a skillet to a golden brown color.

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These are really good.  They are crispy and flavorful with a strong Parmesan flavor.  They were great on their own but I think next time I’m going to make a few different dipping sauces for them.  I think a buffalo dip, a marinara dip, and possibly a Ranch type dip would be really good for these.

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The bites made a delicious side dish for the meal.   If I end up serving them with dipping sauces next time I also think they would be good as an appetizer.  Either way if you like cauliflower this is a tasty way to eat it!

Kids don't like vegetables? They'll change their mind with these awesome Fried Cauliflower Bites!

Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

Pieces of cauliflower dipped in a seasoned Parmesan mixture then fried to a golden brown.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Hezzi-D


  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 c. Panko
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 c. cauliflower florets
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 3 eggs


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.
  • In a shallow dish combine the panko, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, paprika, chili powder, and salt.
  • Pour the flour into another shallow dish. Whisk the eggs in a third shallow dish.
  • Dredge the cauliflower florets in the flour, dip into the eggs, and then dredge in the Parmesan mixture.
  • Add the cauliflower to the skillet 5 or 6 at a time and fry, turning every 30 seconds or so, for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cauliflower to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.


Recipe adapted from Complete Recipes

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  1. Sounds like a great recipe! I am also always working on new ideas for vegetable side dishes. I do like most vegetables, but you’re right, sometimes life gets in the way. I am a sucker for throwing veggies in the oven and doing a quick roast. It takes a little motivation to get back into finding new ideas!

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