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Old 04-23-2019, 03:20 PM
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Trader Joe's has a frozen Tempura Cauliflower, I like the concept and the taste but when made as directed the florets are quite watery. I just tried another recipe that batters the florets and oven bakes them with the same result, tasty but a bit watery. Anyone have a recipe (hopefully not requiring a deep fryer) that yields crispy florets? Maybe I should be looking at an air-fryer?
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Old 04-24-2019, 06:43 AM
 
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We LOVE this parm crusted cauliflower with agliata from Chef Anne Burrell. We like to have it as part of a tapas meal.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:44 AM
 
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We like crispy cauliflower, too. For us, the key is to pre-cook the cauliflower, let it cool and dry, and THEN batter and cook it.
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Old 04-24-2019, 08:49 AM
 
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Trader Joe's has a frozen Tempura Cauliflower, I like the concept and the taste but when made as directed the florets are quite watery. I just tried another recipe that batters the florets and oven bakes them with the same result, tasty but a bit watery. Anyone have a recipe (hopefully not requiring a deep fryer) that yields crispy florets? Maybe I should be looking at an air-fryer?
Like many other vegetables, Cauliflower is full of water. You will never get crispy if they are full of moisture. I would bake them unseasoned, uncovered for a good while at a low temperature to dry (dehydrate) them, then batter and fry. Also, maybe if you cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces that may help. Perhaps if you use club soda and rice flour/cornstarch that also may help. Oil Temperature may make a difference, higher is better, maybe 375f?

The air fryer may help, it's certainly not as much oil so it is healthier.
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:46 AM
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We LOVE this parm crusted cauliflower with agliata from Chef Anne Burrell. We like to have it as part of a tapas meal.

Sounds tasty, I just try to avoid frying in deep oil when I can, I haven't mastered how to do it without making a mess.
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:49 AM
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Like many other vegetables, Cauliflower is full of water. You will never get crispy if they are full of moisture. I would bake them unseasoned, uncovered for a good while at a low temperature to dry (dehydrate) them, then batter and fry. Also, maybe if you cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces that may help. Perhaps if you use club soda and rice flour/cornstarch that also may help. Oil Temperature may make a difference, higher is better, maybe 375f?

The air fryer may help, it's certainly not as much oil so it is healthier.

I thought about trying to dehydrate it a bit but thought that might make it too overcooked and mushy? I've never used an air fryer, can it be done with battered items?
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:50 AM
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We like crispy cauliflower, too. For us, the key is to pre-cook the cauliflower, let it cool and dry, and THEN batter and cook it.

Have you found it can be done in an oven or must there be somewhat deep oil?
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:56 AM
 
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Sounds tasty, I just try to avoid frying in deep oil when I can, I haven't mastered how to do it without making a mess.

Maybe baking at a higher temp would help...I don't recall my baked cauliflower as watery.

Another possible trick....toss cauliflower with olive oil, panko, parmesan cheese, bake at high temp. Mine comes out crispy and delicious.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:43 AM
 
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I thought about trying to dehydrate it a bit but thought that might make it too overcooked and mushy? I've never used an air fryer, can it be done with battered items?
Yes. You could also use Panko bread crumbs as mentioned, that always turns out crispy.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:46 AM
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Maybe baking at a higher temp would help...I don't recall my baked cauliflower as watery.

I usually saute it in olive oil with some cumin and S&P, good both hot & cold. Just been looking for other ways to try as I like cauliflower. Have made the following and enjoyed it:

Recipe: Anthony Bourdain's Roasted Cauliflower - The Crepes of Wrath


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Another possible trick....toss cauliflower with olive oil, panko, parmesan cheese, bake at high temp. Mine comes out crispy and delicious.

I may have to try that, still have ~ 1/2 head left from my other experiment.
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