Crispetty Crunchety Roasted Cauliflower
This Crunchy Roasted Cauliflower is a delicious vegetable side that pairs well with all sorts of entrees. Cauliflower florets are battered in egg, spices, and rice cereal for a crunchy baked treat!
OH BABY. You can just see how insanely crunchy these are in the photo. The most amazing part is there is no oil involved, so these are healthy AND crunchy delicious. After my older brother told me how terrible he thinks cauliflower is, I set out to come up with a good recipe.
Every vegetable can taste good, it just needs to be cooked a certain way, and I will admit, cauliflower may need a little extra attention.
We all know that roasted vegetables taste good because they get all brown and caramelized, but what if you double the fun and make them super crispetty crunchety by coating them in rice chex cereal?
MAGIC! I made these with my friend Jess and she went wild over them (Jess gets food cravings for “crunchy things,” and this definitely passes the crunchy test).
Crunchy Roasted Cauliflower
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 4 cups rice chex cereal
- 1/2 +1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 +1/4 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 eggs
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut the cauliflower up into small florets.
- Whisk together the eggs until the yolk and white have blended, and season with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
- Smash up the chex by either pulsing the cereal in a food processor or sticking them in a plastic bag and bashing them with a frying pan. Season with the cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
- Dip the cauliflower florets into the eggs, then straight into the chex, then lay the cauliflower florets out on a baking sheet.
- Roast for 30-35 minutes until golden brown and crunchy. Serve the cauliflower florets hot out of the oven.
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
19 Comments on “Crispetty Crunchety Roasted Cauliflower”
Hi we dont have rice chex cereal in the UK I was wondeeing what we could use as an alternative as I dont know what Rice Chex is lol
Tried it with a twist as a spur of the moment “what else can I do other than boil?” I used a 50/50 mix of corn flakes and cheese Ritz crackers and chili pepper instead of cayenne with home made cheese sauce on the side. Went great together with a baked ham dinner!
Hi Ted, wow that sounds awesome! I’ll have to try that sometime.
I only used a few Heart to Heart Kashi crackers and added some multi-grain rice cereal in the mix.
The flavor was amazing with the egg mixture having a little kick ( I used sriracha hot chili sauce instead of cayenne pepper) the cauliflower cooled down rather quickly, so if I make this again I’ll be sure to serve this right out of the oven.
Hi Dottie, That is wonderful to hear about your rendition! Love the idea of the sriracha, love that stuff.
I am trying this recipe tonight. Looks like a good alternative to french fries.
Will let you know how it turns out. Oh I don’t have rice chex so I’m going to use Heart to Heart Kashi Crackers which have that chex texture. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
Made this and everyone loved it! I am gluten free decided to try and was delighted!
That is great, thanks for letting me know!!!
My 15 month old devoured these! Delish!
yum! roasting cauliflower is definitely the way to go – but never thought of adding such a crispy topping, love it thanks!
Cool! I love roasting cauliflower but have never tried it this way! Love the idea. Looks great.
I love it. This has become one of my favorite veggies. Great post…
Thanks =) Cauliflower has slowly grown on me over time….it just needs to be prepared correctly.
I love cauliflower.. will definatly try this! But what can I substitute the rice chex cereal
with, I know I won’t be able to find it in stores..
Hm….do you have any sort of puffed rice cereal available like rice krispies? Using bread crumbs wouldn’t quite be the same…it would probably still be good, just not as crispetty crunchety as the rice cereal.
Yea, I have tried bread crumbs before and they don’t get that crunchy.. I’ll try the rice krispies.. thanks!
Rice Chex is very common in the U.S. Even Walmart carries it. The nice thing about it is it’s a GF food so folks on zero-gluten diets can have this!
Yum, this looks like a great way to eat cauliflower. I’m excited to try it!
It IS! Let me know how you like it. My friend Jess and I demolished the entire sheet pan of cauliflower in 10 minutes, hahaha.