30-Minute Dinner/ Dinner/ vegetarian dinner

Cheesy Cauliflower Fritters

8 December 2021 By Aleksandra

If you’re wondering what to do with leftover cauliflower, these cauliflower fritters are the answer! They are cheesy, perfectly spiced, quick, and easy. They make a great snack or a meatless lunch.

A stack of cauliflower fritters on a blue plate.

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to make the recipe. Scroll down for a printable recipe card with measurements and detailed instructions.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make these fritters:

  • Leftover cauliflower – it can be boiled, steamed, or roasted.
  • Egg – to bind the ingredients.
  • Flour – I used all-purpose flour.
  • Parmesan cheese – adds amazing flavor and binds the ingredients.
  • Seasoning – these fritters are generously seasoned! I used Italian seasoning, onion and garlic powder, paprika, and grated lemon zest. You can use any seasoning that you like but I would really recommed using lemon zest – it really adds an amazing flavor.
  • Other spices that would go well:
    • Indian spices such as curry spice mix or garam masala.
    • Middle-Eastern spices such as cumin, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric.
Labeled ingredients for cauliflower fritters.

Step by step instructions

Cooked cauliflower in a pot. chopped cauliflower in a plate.

STEP 1: This recipe calls for cooked cauliflower so if you don’t have any leftovers, you need to boil or steam cauliflower.

How to boil cauliflower: divide it into florets, add to salted boiling water and cook for a couple of minutes until fork-tender but not too soft.

How to steam cauliflower: I use this method most often. You can steam cauliflower in a steamer or if you don’t have it, just use a pot with a sieve on top. Add some water to the pot (it should not touch the sieve), divide the cauliflower into florets, and place it in the sieve. Cover with a lid and steam for a couple of minutes or until the cauliflower is fork-tender but not too soft (steam coming from boiling water under the cauliflower will cook it).

STEP 2: Finely chop cauliflower. You can do that in a food processor but for such a small amount of cauliflower, it’s easy to chop it by hand.

Ingredients for cauliflower fritters in a blue bowl.

STEP 3: Add cauliflower to a large bowl with all the other ingredients.

STEP 4: Stir with a spoon until all the ingredients are well-combined and the mixture is no more dry and starts to get sticky.

Cauliflower fritters are being cooked in a black pan.

STEP 5: Heat 1-2 tablespoons of frying oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place about 2-3 tablespoons of batter (or just 1 heaped tablespoon) for each fritter.

STEP 6: Cook the fritters until golden on both sides.

Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels or a wire rack (they won’t get soggy).

Enjoy!

Serving suggestions

  • they are pretty great on their own
  • plain yogurt
  • simple yogurt dip: 1/2 cup yogurt + 1/2 ts lemon juice + 1 clove garlic, pressed + 1 ts chopped herbs (such as thyme) + salt and pepper to taste
  • yogurt-sour cream dip: 1/3 cup yogurt + 1/3 cup sour cream + 2 ts lemon juice + 2 ts fresh thyme or 1 ts dried thyme + 1 small clove garlic pressed + salt and pepper to taste
  • tzatziki
  • sunny-side-up eggs

Storage

They store pretty well – they will taste good but won’t be crispy. Store them in a closed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in a dry non-stick pan.

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Cauliflower fritters on a blue plate are being dipped into yogurt dip.

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Cheesy Cauliflower Fritters

If you’re wondering what to do with leftover cauliflower, these cauliflower fritters are the answer! They are cheesy, perfectly spiced, quick, and easy. They make a great snack or a meatless lunch.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 fritters
Calories 80kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely chopped cooked cauliflower 280g
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 45g
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons flour 50g
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • zest grated from 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste I added 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying

Instructions

  • Finely chop cooked cauliflower. Add to a large bowl with all the other ingredients. Stir with a spoon until all the ingredients are well-combined and the mixture is no more dry and starts to get sticky.
  • Heat 1-2 tablespoons of frying oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  • Place about 2-3 tablespoons of batter (or just 1 heaped tablespoon) for each fritter. Cook the fritters until golden on both sides.
  • Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels or a wire rack (they won’t get soggy).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • What to serve them with: they are pretty great on their own / plain yogurt / simple yogurt dip: 1/2 cup yogurt + 1/2 ts lemon juice + 1 clove garlic, pressed + 1 ts chopped herbs (such as thyme) / tzatziki / sunny-side-up eggs.
  • You can add less cheese (1/4 cup) if you like.
  • Calories = 1 fritter (1/8 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
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