Crispy Italian Paleo Cauliflower Poppers!

paleo fried cauliflower poppers

Growing up my mom would make us fried cauliflower. She would dip it in egg, and Italian breadcrumbs…and then fry it. It was dreamy and delicious. I wanted to create a grain-free version of this with some yummy dipping sauces! These came out amazing! The kiddos devoured them as an after school snack. There are many ways they can be changed up.

I was just thinking these would be great coated in buffalo sauce, minus the Italian seasonings!  Play around with different variations. I will give you the recipe I did, but feel free to change it up to your preferences! At the end of this I will list variations.

It all starts with a big ole head of cauliflower!

cauliflower - take a bite

head of cauliflower

I chopped it up into 1-2 inch pieces:

chopped cauliflower

Then I used a pot with a steamer basket and cover. I steamed the cauliflower over med high heat until tender (approx 8-10 min)

steam the chopped cauliflower

I set the cauliflower aside to cool, and made the batter.

Ingredients for Italian fried:

2 eggs

sea salt and pepper to taste

1 TBS onion powder

1 TBS garlic powder

1 TBS dried parsley

1 TBS dried basil

1/2 cup of tapioca starch

1/2 cup of Tropical Traditions red virgin palm oil or unrefined coconut oil for frying


Whisk the 2 eggs with some sea salt and pepper:

2 eggs, sea salt and pepper

Mix the seasoning in with the tapioca starch:

seasoning in tapioca starch

Warm the oil for frying over med-high in a frying pan (notice palm oil is red, hence giving the cauliflower a red hue):

oil for frying

Next dip the pieces of cauliflower in the egg, and then dredge them in the tapioca mix:

dip and dredge them

dip like this

dredge like this

Finally, fry the cauliflower in the oil flipping to brown on all sides:

fry that cauliflower

Finished cauliflower:

fried cauliflower fresh out of the frierfried cauliflower served

Dipping sauces:

This Paleo Ranch dressing that I created over the summer:

paleo ranch dressing

I also used marinara sauce:

marinara sauce

Happy Snacking!!!

mmm tasty

paleo fried cauliflower


Instead of Italian, you could make Indian inspired fried cauliflower with turmeric and curry. You can also make “buffalo” style with red pepper and dip in buffalo sauce before serving! There are plenty of ways to play around with seasonings to put in the the tapioca!



try different dipping saucestry different variations


  1. Yum these look so good! Will definitely make them.

  2. I could not get mine crispy!

    • primalblissnutrition says:

      Try adding a little more oil, put less pieces in the pan at a time, and turn the heat up a little more. Hope that helps!

  3. Lari Katz says:

    These are amazing! I have digestive issues with eggs, so I dipped them in cream, then the tapioca starch and they fried up wonderfully crisp. And good. And they need to be made again next week.

  4. I found your this on Pinterest and we made it for dinner tonight – WOW. It was amazing!!

    Thank you!

  5. Christina says:

    Just made these for lunch and they were delicious! Next time I’ll try a spicy curry version. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. These were fantastic! I did the italian version and served it with marinara for dipping but you didn’t even need the sauce they were so flavorful. Definitely trying the indian style next time with some cumin, turmeric and coriander.

  7. Can you make these with cocos flour instead of tapioca flour?


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