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Spicy Fried Cauliflower with White Cheddar Ranch Dip

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  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Servings 4
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The perfect vegetarian party treat, spicy cauliflower is fried to a golden brown and served alongside a cheesy sour cream dip.
By Brooke Lark
Created May 27, 2013


  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 packet cheese powder (from box of white Cheddar macaroni and cheese dinner)
  • 1 package (1 oz) ranch dressing and seasoning mix (milk recipe)


  • 1
    In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  • 2
    Cut cauliflower into florets; discard stems
  • 3
    In medium bowl, beat eggs and milk with whisk. In large bowl, stir together Bisquick mix, cornstarch, paprika, chili powder, ground red pepper and salt.
  • 4
    Dip cauliflower florets into egg, then into Bisquick mixture; dip again into egg and coat with Bisquick mixture. Place in hot oil; fry until golden brown. Transfer fried cauliflower to clean plate lined with napkins or paper towels.
  • 5
    In small bowl, beat sour cream, cheese powder and dressing mix with whisk until well blended.
  • 6
    Serve cauliflower immediately with sour cream dip. Enjoy!

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To ensure even cooking of the cauliflower, fry in oil heated no higher than medium on your stovetop.
  • tip 2
    Like it spicier? Double or triple the amount of ground red pepper (cayenne) in your recipe. Don't want it spicy? Feel free to leave the cayenne out!


Nutrition Facts are not available for this recipe
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