Cauliflower tempura

Cauliflower tempura

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins Ready in 30 minutes

A challenge

Serves 6
A healthy, Japanese-style snack

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal253
  • fat19g
  • saturates2.4g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars2.3g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.09g
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  • 1 small cauliflower, cut into medium-size florets



    A brassica, like cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower is a mass of tiny, tightly packed flower…

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs, separated



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. Cook the cauliflower in boiling water for 2 mins. Tip into a colander, rinse under the cold tap, drain well and set aside.

  2. Put the flour in a large bowl with a pinch of salt. Whisk the egg yolks and 175ml iced water together, then whisk into the flour with the oil to make a smooth batter. In a separate, clean bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the batter.

  3. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or large wok to 190C. Coat some of the cauliflower in the batter then use a slotted spoon to carefully lift into the hot oil. Deep-fry the cauliflower for 2-3 mins until golden and puffy. Drain on kitchen towel and continue with the rest in batches. Sprinkle the cauliflower with salt and serve with a bowl of aïoli or mayonnaise.

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Comments (13)

yaaczek's picture

"A healthy, Japanese-style snack" ??? what is healthy in deep frying? BTW, very teasty :)

la cuina de casa's picture

My first tempura recipe. Super easy. I served it with mayonnaise and humus dippings because we don't like spicy food. My husband and I loved it but my children (4 and 2 y.o.) prefer the cauliflower without the batter!

laurabat's picture

Lovely with a chilli dipping sauce!

sulayabd's picture

excellent batter I used it to jazz up some white fish as well.

souradeep's picture

Easy to make, and delicious...

kasiakoczwara's picture

FANTASTIC!!! Used Romanesco cauli and it was DeLICIOUS!

bridalzone's picture

delicious. Definately a keeper

jessmith's picture

Going to make some for the first time, but I am not sure why some other sites add few more stuff to it including ginger?

mrbadger's picture

Lovely light batter. We ate it with grilled chicken breast, bacon and pineapple, plus a light salad. Great meal...

kathryndonna's picture

Truly a recipe to convince a cauliflower hater that there is some merit to this vegetable. Grudgingly, my husband had to admit they were "an acceptable way" to eat it. Easy to make and absolutely delicious. A quick dip made from tomato ketchup with with added chilli sauce and Worcestershire sauce made them complete. A real winner and will become a regular.

nuffinbuttrouble's picture

Very light crunchy batter. Next time I will blanch the cauliflower for 3-4 mins as it was a bit undercooked. I served with a thai dipping sauce which worked well

peratinosruth's picture

I made this just to try it out.Everyone loved it. I served it with a garlic and chilli sauce. Will definitely make again

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