JFC Fried Cauliflower

JFC Fried Cauliflower
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JFC Fried Cauliflower is marinated in Popeyes marinade & 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. Nice Golden Batter and tender Cauliflower bites.

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Colonel Sanders Fried Cauliflower Recipe

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 Cauliflower Bites

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.

These also go into a Popeyes Style Marinade and straight to breading with JFC Breading.


Wash the Cauliflower and chop it 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

Colonel Sanders’s recipe 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.

I have since come up with my own version of a Popeyes Marinade and use it just the same across many dishes.

Cauliflower in Popeyes Marinade
Cauliflower in Popeyes Marinade

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.

To add more spice to the Cauliflower Bites, add the desired level of Hot Sauce to the marinade. Additionally, add Cayenne Pepper or Black & White Pepper.

JFC Fried Cauliflower Breading

The Seasoned Flour mix used is JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading. Since this is coating a smaller food item. The heat really comes through creating a Cauliflower bite with a very nice heat.

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
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JFC Fried Cauliflower

Marinated Cauliflower coated with JFC Frickin Good Chicken Breading. Deep fried until golden brown and tender. Serve these up just by themselves or with dipping sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Marinate30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Deep Fried Cauliflower, Fried Cauliflower, JFC Cauliflower, JFC Cauliflower Bites, JFC Fried Cauliflower
Servings: 4 portions
Author: JAH


  • Deep Fryer
  • Marinating Bowl
  • Breading Bowl



  • Chop the Cauliflower into bite-size pieces. Wash and rinse well.
  • Combine Popeyes marinade ingredients together and marinate the Cauliflower while the deep fryer is preheated to 350 F.
  • Coat the Cauliflower in JFC Breading. Transfer all of the Cauliflower to the deep fryer basket. Lower into the oil and shake so that none of the pieces get stuck together. Deep Fry at 350 F for 5 minutes.
  • Lift the Basket up and shake to get rid of any excess oil. Transfer to a plate and let cool before serving.


Up the heat to the desired level by adding Hot Sauce to the Marinade. Optionally, add in Cayenne Pepper, Black, or White Pepper.