Recipe: Cauliflower Fritters

by Cate on August 5, 2014

Similar to potato pancakes or latkes, these tasty cauliflower fritters are a fun, unexpected side dish.

Cauliflower Fritters

Until I discovered a few out-of-the-box cauliflower recipe ideas last year, I don’t think I ever gave cauliflower more than a passing glance. Aside from roasting it or pouring cheese sauce over it, I can’t say I had seen many, if any, other recipes to prepare it.

And now, it seems like they’re everywhere.

Case in point: cauliflower fritters.

I love these little things. It gives you the fried taste of a latke, without all the guilt that goes along with it. By using whole wheat flour, and swapping out the more traditional potatoes for cauliflower, you come away with a delicious little side dish that you can’t get enough of, and another cauliflower fake-out dish where you leave the table seeing cauliflower in a whole new light.

Unless you’re my kids. Because now even though I’ve made exactly 623 different version of cauliflower (I kid. Slightly.), they still don’t like it. Eventually they’ll come around and, in the meantime, these are all mine.

Well, ok, except for the ones I shared with our neighbors.

Make ’em.

Cauliflower Fritters

Hungry for more cauliflower recipes? Luckily I’ve got you covered.
These Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tots from Kalyn’s Kitchen were fun little bites to pop in your mouth.
If you haven’t made this ridiculously simple Three Ingredient Cauliflower Soup, you are seriously missing out.
This Buffalo-Style Roasted Cauliflower is one I keep going back to. So good and so easy.
This Roasted Cauliflower Spread is a riff off one that Sarah and I enjoyed at Tom Douglas’ Lola in Seattle.
Visually, this Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower is a showstopper, and I made it for a cooking challenge at the CIA recently.
If you haven’t had this Cauliflower Steak with Homemade Caesar Dressing, I don’t know how to help you.
This super simple Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is a great comfort food spin when you’re craving carbs and cheese.
These Cauliflower Bread Sticks were another great riff, and delish!
This Mock Shrimp Risotto was almost as good as the real deal.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza for fulfilling all your pizza loving dreams.
And lastly, Cauliflower Garlic Mashed Potatoes will satisfy your comfort food craving.

Cauliflower Fritters
Servings: 8 • Size: 2 fritters • Old Points: 2 • Weight Watcher Points+: 3 pt
Calories: 139 • Fat: 6 g • Carb: 14 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 7 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 269 mg  • Cholest: 61 mg


  • 6 cups roughly chopped raw cauliflower (from 2 small heads)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed (I used four)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 extra large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped (I used one tablespoon)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil


Steam the cauliflower in 2 1/2 cups water over medium heat until tender, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and quickly rinse under cold water to stop it from cooking. Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces with a knife once steamed and measure to make 5 cups. Set aside the rest for another use.

In a large bowl, combine the steamed cauliflower, flour, garlic, eggs, grated cheese, parsley, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper. Add water so that batter becomes slightly more dense than pancake batter.

Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, add 1 teaspoon of oil coating bottom of the pan. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form fritters. You can fit 4 fritters at a time, flattening them slightly with the back of the measuring cup. Cook until golden brown, about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining oil and batter 3 more times.

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Christie - Food Done Light August 6, 2014 at 8:58 am

Cauliflower is so good for you and totally under rated. I love this idea of a fritter.
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Laura O @PetiteAllergyTreats August 6, 2014 at 10:05 am

I LOVE anything cauliflower and thankfully my kids do too. Keep working on them, they’ll come around eventually. :-) I think my kids would love this to!
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Meg August 6, 2014 at 10:06 am

Loooove the sound of these. Cauliflower is woefully under-appreciated, though I’m guilty of mostly only steaming it and slathering it with butter! Will have to give these a try . . . my Polish side perked up immediately at the comparison to latkes. :)
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Tonia August 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

This might just be the best use ever for cauliflower!
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Kimberly August 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I have a large head of cauliflower in the fridge right now … and I think this is what I’m going to do with it!

Seriously, this recipe sounds delish … can’t wait to try it!
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patsy August 6, 2014 at 5:20 pm

I’ve made broccoli fritters, but never thought to make them from cauliflower! Yum!!!
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Joanne August 7, 2014 at 7:05 am

Latkes made out of cauliflower sound like an awesome substitution to me! Who needs all that potato guilt anyway.
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Bri @ Simple Delights August 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

These look delicious! I will have to make these soon!


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