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4-Ingredient Cauliflower Pops

4.25 from 4 votes
These are like a cauliflower version of potato tater tots! Processing the cooked cauliflower really creates this really smooth and almost creamy consistency, that were rolled into small balls before being fried until golden! These can be baked as well.
These are a delicious vegan finger food, perfect for snacking!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Fusion
Servings 2
Calories 202 kcal


  • 650 g cauliflower florets , from 2 medium heads
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour or other flour, plus more as needed
  • Neutral oil for frying

For Serving

  • Chopped basil for garnish
  • Tomato ketchup or other dipping sauce of choice


  • Steam or boil the cauliflower florets until cooked through. Drain from the water.
    Process until it turns into a very fine consistency, almost like mashed potato. Transfer mixture into a bowl. Add in the minced garlic, salt, and flour. Mix well.
  • Scoop around 1/2 tbsp of the mixture. Form into small balls. If you find that your cauliflower mixture is too wet and doesn’t shape well, feel free to add more flour and mix well.
  • Heat enough oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. I added enough to submerge the balls. over medium high heat. Baking steps below.
    Once hot, add in the balls. The balls should immediately sizzle. You make need to cook them in 2-3 batches depending on the size of your pan.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the balls are golden brown on all sides.
  • Remove the balls from the pan and then place in a strainer or plate with paper towels to drain excess oil. Dont cover the freshly cooked balls so that they don't get soggy.
    Turn off the heat once all balls are cooked.
  • Garnish with some chopped basil, if desired. Dip in your favourite dipping sauce--I used ketchup for mine. Enjoy!

Baking option

  • Heat oven to 350F. I use an oven toaster with temperature settings. Place balls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Brush the balls with some oil. Bake for 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until balls are brown on each side. Note that when baking the balls will not be evenly golden brown compared to frying.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1262mg | Potassium: 1023mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 158mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 3mg
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