Crispy Korean Cauliflower Bites
Everybody loves a great bar snack, and these healthy-ish crispy Korean cauliflower bites really hit the spot. They’re battered, fried and tossed in a rich, spicy gochujang sauce. Delicious and perfect for game day noshing!
As our children grow up, they give us more reasons to want to live a long and healthy life. Although, with age, little changes in health are inevitable, we all know diet and exercise play an important role in long-term health.
So, with that in mind, we try to make healthier choices. However, healthy food doesn’t have to be humdrum or bland. On the contrary, it must be delicious. If not, it’s difficult to eat better on a regular basis. And, it’s impossible to persuade your children to make better food choices.
Movie night or game day nibbles will always be with us. Those are times for tasty finger food that makes you want to grab an ice cold brew and go for seconds.
And, if you want to stick with a healthier eating plan, you need a variety of flavourful snack recipes in your arsenal. These crispy Korean cauliflower bites fit the bill.
They pack all the satisfying crunch of a great bar snack and are tossed in a bright red gochujang sauce that’s packed with rich, delicious flavours. With a big plate of these crispy, crunchy cauliflower bites on the table, you won’t miss the unhealthy alternatives.
What is gochujang?
If you’ve never cooked with this flavourful Korean sauce before, you’ll want to start. Gochujang is a fermented chilli soybean paste that’s sweet, savoury, and spicy. It adds a hit of umami to everything it touches and it’s positively addictive!
Historically, gochujang was an artisanal product. It was fermented in clay pots at home. However, with busy modern lifestyles, even most Koreans now buy their gochujang at the supermarket.
This spicy, delicious paste adds a funky backbone to everything from sauces, to marinades and dressings. It’s incredibly versatile and its flavour can range from fiery hot to relatively mild.
Gochujang can be found in Asian markets and large supermarkets. It’s usually sold in red plastic tubs. When selecting your gochujang paste, study the label carefully. You will find a bar coded chart on the side of the tub which will let you know how spicy or mild the gochujang is. It ranges from firecracker (extremely hot) to mildly hot. So, you will want to select the gochujang paste you purchase based on your family’s tolerance for spicy foods.
If you are vegan, you will also want to read the label carefully. Gochujang is traditionally vegan. However, it’s always best to check labels.
About this Recipe
Crispy Korean cauliflower bites are super easy to make. Nonetheless, I have a couple of suggestions to ensure you get the very best results.
- Bring your oil up to temperature before frying (176º C/350º F). Peanut oil adds a nice flavour dimension to the finished dish. However, any neutral flavoured oil will work just fine.
- Thoroughly drain any excess batter from the cauliflower before slipping it into the hot oil.
- Skim the oil thoroughly between batches to remove any excess batter that may have dripped into the oil.
- Ensure that there is plenty of space between your florets to allow them to fry evenly. In other words, don’t overcrowd the pan.
- Turn the florets as they fry to ensure even colour on all sides.
To Keep Crisp
- Preheat your oven to 180º before you begin frying. Turn the oven off. Then, keep the fried, salted florets in the hot oven until you are ready to sauce them.
- Toss the florets in the sauce at the last minute, just prior to serving.
I hope you and your family enjoy these tasty, crunchy Korean cauliflower bites every bit as much as mine does. Bon appétit!