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Smoky cauliflower popcorn recipe

Smoky cauliflower popcorn recipe

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The ultimate veggie treat, perfect for dipping. This smoky, sticky cauliflower will have the meat-eaters asking for more. See method

  • Serves 4 as a snack
  • 5 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 337 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • 1 large cauliflower, leaves discarded, broken into florets
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 60g plain flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 100ml semi-skimmed milk
  • sunflower oil, for deep-frying
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 1 tbsp honey​
  • 2 tbsp olive oil​
  • ½ garlic clove, crushed

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    24g 34%
  • Saturates

    4g 19%
  • Sugars

    11g 12%
  • Salt

    0.6g 10%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 24.2g Protein 9.8g Fibre 5.1g


  1. Blanch the cauliflower in boiling water for 2-3 mins to slightly soften. Drain; set aside to cool.
  2. Stir together the smoked paprika, cumin and four in a mixing bowl with a pinch of salt. Mix in the egg and gradually whisk in the milk to make a batter.
  3. Pour enough sunflower oil into a large saucepan to reach one-third up the side. Heat the oil over a medium heat until it reaches 180°C on a thermometer, or a small piece of bread browns in 1 min.
  4. Dip each cauliflower floret into the batter mixture and, working in small batches, add to the hot oil and sizzle for 2-3 mins until golden and crisp. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower and batter.
  5. Meanwhile, mix the chipotle paste, honey, olive oil and garlic with 1 tbsp water in a small bowl.Serve alongside the cauliflower popcorn for dipping.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze cauliflower popcorn only. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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