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Lebanese Fried Cauliflower3 | Sift & Simmer

Lebanese-Inspired Fried Cauliflower

A delicious and flavourful fried cauliflower, inspired by a local eatery.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Lebanese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Michelle


  • 1 large head cauliflower washed and cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • oil for frying
  • flaked sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • handful of chopped cilantro optional
  • za'atar optional


  • Wash the cauliflower and cut into small florets.
  • Place onto a paper towel, set into a large bowl and put it in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours. This will ensure that the cauliflower is dry and won't splatter when frying in oil.
  • Heat oil in a small sauce pan over medium high heat.
  • When oil temperature reaches 350 F, dip the cauliflower into the cornstarch and fry in small batches, about 5 minutes. Drain onto paper towel.
  • Season with salt, lemon juice, and cumin seeds. Garnish with cilantro and za'atar if you wish.
  • Serve immediately.