JFC Fried Cauliflower

JFC Fried Cauliflower

JFC Fried Cauliflower is marinated in a wet slightly thickened batter and breaded with JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading. This recipe is inspired by Colonel Sanders Himself. Where the Cauliflower is placed into a wet batter and coated in Seasoned Flour.

These Cauliflower Bites are an excellent side dish or straight up as is, for a delicious snack with a dipping sauce.

Colonel Sanders Fried Cauliflower Recipe

This is Colonel Sander’s recipe. While his recipe states flour with White pepper, MSG, and Salt. In its place, I use JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading. Although if you don’t have this, then the original Colonel sanders recipe can be used outlined below.

Wet Batter

  • 2 Egg Yolks beaten until fluffy
  • Half a cup of Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 C Seasoned Flour below

Seasoned Flour

  • Flour 1 1/2 lbs – about 5 1/2 Cups
  • 1 1/3 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp MSG
  • 5 tsp Salt

Parboil Cauliflower in water with 2 Tbsp Salt and 2 Tbsp Sugar just until fork tender. Dip in batter, roll in flour mixture. Fry in hot deep fat.

The original recipe calls for 3/4 C of Seasoned flour for the marinade and I am not sure if that is correct. when I made this up myself it seems to be a bit too thick but the ratio of milk and flour at 50:50 seems to be more correct. It should be a thin pancake batter consistency. Adjust if necessary to get a thin pancake batter.

The 1/3 tsp is a measurement used in the old days. I would just round it up to 1/2 tsp or you can use 1/4 tsp + scant 1/8 tsp.

JFC Fried Cauliflower

This version is slightly different. First, there is no parboiling of the Cauliflower since these will get deep-fried for about 5 minutes to reach both the right tenderness and browning of the JFC Breading.

Secondly, we use JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading which also contains the salt for the marinade as well as the Breading. This breading also takes a bit of time to brown as suppose to the seasoned flour. This is also why we do not parboil the cauliflower. Which would result in a mushy cauliflower instead of one that has some bite.


Wash the Cauliflower and chop into bite-size pieces. Let them marinate in the Wet batter for 30 minutes or longer. Toss again before breading.

Wet batter for JFC Fried Cauliflower

This I believe is the original batter for a Popeye’s style chicken. Although Popeye’s adds Hot Sauce and Creole/Cajun Seasonings. But the idea of adding a Seasoned Flour into the Marinade before coating with Flour, it would seem originates with Colonel Sanders himself.

This batter is used to stick to the chicken with somewhat of a thick coating before being coated in flour which creates all those crevices that Popeye’s is known for.

Spicy JFC Fried Cauliflower

With the JFC Breading, the Fried Cauliflower is already on the spicy side, due to the breading coating a smaller item.

Below is the grading of heat in the Cauliflower should you want to decide your preferred level of heat. The JFC Breading in all cases is used to coat the cauliflower after the marinade or wet batter.

Mild JFC Fried Cauliflower

For a milder version use Cornstarch or Flour as the Flour mix that goes into the marinade along with 1 tsp Salt, 1/2 tsp MSG, and 1/2 tsp Sugar instead of the JFC Breading.

Spicy JFC Fried Cauliflower

Use the JFC Breading in the Marinade as well.

Hot JFC Fried Cauliflower

Use the JFC Breading in the marinade along with your favorite Hot Sauce.

Added hot sauce will also cause the breading to go darker so it may be desirable depending on how much hot sauce is added to deep fry at 325 F.

Flour Mix for JFC Fried Cauliflower

The Flour mix used is JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading. This is used as the Final coating as well as in the marinade to thicken the wet batter up some. Since this is coating a smaller food item. The heat really comes through creating a spicy Cauliflower bite.

JAH Frickin Good Chicken Seasoning
JAH Frickin Good Chicken Seasoning

Cooking JFC Fried Cauliflower

After coating in the wet batter and JFC Breading, deep fry at 350 F only until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. This amount of time is perfect to reach tender cauliflower with good browning of the breading.

Allow it to cool before serving with your favorite condiment sauce for dipping.

JFC Fried Cauliflower
JFC Fried Cauliflower

Fried Cauliflower

Spicy Marinated Cauliflower coated with JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading. Deep fried until golden brown. Make it Mild, Spicy or Hot.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Marinate30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Deep Fried Cauliflower, Fried Cauliflower, Fried Parsnips, JFC Cauliflower, JFC Parsnips
Servings: 4 portions
Author: JAH


  • Deep Fryer


  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 1 3/4 C JFC Breading – See notes for Mild, Spicy and Hot
  • 2 Egg Yolks – Beaten fluffy
  • 1/2 C Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt & Sugar


  • In a bowl add 1 1/4 C JFC Breading and set it aside. Use the remaining JFC Breading for the Marinade.
  • Add to another bowl 2 egg yolks and beat until fluffy. Add in Milk, Salt, Sugar and 1/2 C JFC Breading, mix well. Add cauliflower bites and leave to marinate for 30 minutes or more.
  • Coat the Cauliflower in JFC Breading. Deep Fry at 350 F for 5 minutes.


Mild uses Cornstarch or Flour with 1 tsp Salt, 1/2 tsp MSG, 1/2 tsp Sugar in the marinade. Adjust the consistency with more milk to get a thin pancake batter.
Spicy uses JFC Breading in the Marinade as well.
Hot uses JFC Breading in the marinade with your favorite Hot Sauce to taste. 1 Tbl or more.