Vegan Crispy Cauliflower with Sweet Scallion Sauce

Updated: Dec 8, 2019

I really love cooking with cauliflower because of how versatile it is. It has a very light flavour so it pairs very well with different tastes and textures. This time around I made some crispy cauliflower with a side of a sweet scallion dipping sauce. I actually grew up enjoying the sweet scallion sauce with some fried tofu but figured that I wanted to try it out with some cauliflower for a change.

When preparing the cauliflower, I simply mixed all the ingredients for the batter and prepared the breadcrumbs. Afterwards, I dipped each floret in the batter before coating it in some breadcrumbs.

Once all florets have been coated in the batter and breadcrumb mixtures, I then fried them until they turn crisp and golden brown. Get the full recipe down below. Enjoy!

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Serves 2-3 people


2 small heads of raw cauliflower (around 600g total), makes around 3 cups of florets

Canola or other neutral oil, for frying


1/2 cup all-purpose flour 

1 tbsp corn starch 

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup room temp. water


2 cups Japanese breadcrumbs or breadcrumbs of choice

Steps (Baking options below!)

  1. In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the batter until it turns into a smooth, thick consistency. 

  2. Evenly coat the florets in the batter. You can do this in batches. 

  3. In another bowl or plate, add in the bread crumbs.

  4. One by one, place each cauliflower from the batter into the breadcrumb mixture. Coat well using one hand (this is to avoid messy hands—I usually use one hand for dry and one hand for wet when coating cauliflower). Press down the bread crumbs on the cauliflower. Set aside once coated.

  5. Heat a frying pan with some oil. Once hot (you can add in some bread crumbs to test the heat—it will start to bubble once hot), place the cauliflower florets and cook until golden brown, moving it around on each side every 2 minutes or so. 

  6. Once golden brown, set aside on a strainer to drain excess oil or you can put this on a plate with paper towels. Let cool for a few minutes then enjoy with your favourite dipping sauce!

Baking option: Heat oven to 350F. Bake the cauliflower for 35-40 minutes or until crisp. Flip halfway through cooking.

Sweet Scallion Dipping Sauce 

Makes roughly 1 cup

1/4 cup soy sauce 

3 1/2 tbsp warm water

2 1/2 tbsp brown sugar 

2 tbsp chopped scallions or spring onions 

Steps 1. In a bowl, place the brown sugar. Add in the warm water and stir until the sugar particles have dissolved. Add in the soy sauce and chopped scallions/onions. Mix well then enjoy as a dipping sauce! 

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