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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8th Jan, 2015
"A healthy, Japanese-style snack" ??? what is healthy in deep frying? BTW, very teasty :)
12th Sep, 2014
Really easy and so lovely, light and crispy! Would use recipe again and maybe also try the batter with fish or chicken etc. We had with but I can see how it would also be great with mayonnaise.
la cuina de casa
4th Feb, 2014
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!
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10th Oct, 2013
Lovely with a chilli dipping sauce!
28th Mar, 2013
excellent batter I used it to jazz up some white fish as well.
6th Nov, 2012
Easy to make, and delicious...
kasiakoczwara's picture
31st Mar, 2012
FANTASTIC!!! Used Romanesco cauli and it was DeLICIOUS!
21st Feb, 2012
delicious. Definately a keeper
24th Sep, 2011
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?
17th Jul, 2010
Lovely light batter. We ate it with grilled chicken breast, bacon and pineapple, plus a light salad. Great meal...


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