These beer battered and fried cauliflower florets are a quick and easy way to convert a simple, humble ingredient like cauliflower into something special. With intense Caribbean flavors and a delightful crust how you think of cauliflower will be forever changed!
Cauliflower gets a bad rap because of its moderate flavor profile, but in reality it’s a low carb alternative to potatoes and rice that meshes well with other flavors. It can be enhanced with rich sauces or zesty spices and served as a side, main dish or appetizer. In this fried cauliflower florets recipe, the cauliflower is seasoned with a mild jerk spice mix and fried in a beer batter mix. The jerk seasonings provide a pungent, and fragrant flavor owing to the allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
The jerk spice provides the primary flavor, but the batter creates additional depth and as an extra gives the florets that sexy caramel brown color and light crispy texture. The type of beer used is extremely important. Though all beers because of the carbon dioxide present keep the batter light and airy creating a light crunchy exterior with a moist, juicy center they deliver different taste profiles. Red Stripe beer provides a clean and crisp finish with that nutty bit of caramel flavor at the end.
We all know frying, like bacon, makes everything taste mo better. These fried cauliflower florets make for a great starter dish, a small appetizer to a more substantial meal, or perfect vegetarian side dish. Once you start popping them, you won’t be able to stop!