Cauliflower is a tasty, nutritious vegetable. It contains lots of vitamin C and folate – and is a good source of fiber. So I was thrilled to find a hundred-year-old recipe for Fried Cauliflower with Onion. The recipe was easy-to-make and delicious. This makes a great side dish.
Here is the original recipe:
I cut the florets from the stalk before putting boiling – though the head of cauliflower could be put in a large pot of boiling water to cook, and then the florets could be separated after cooking, if preferred.
And, here’s the recipe updated for modern cooks:
Fried Cauliflower with Onion
1 head cauliflower
1 teaspoon salt
1 large onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fat (cooking oil, shortening, or lard)
Cut cauliflower florets from the main stalk. Put florets in a saucepan and cover with water; add salt. Bring to a boil using high heat, then reduce heat and cook until tender, about 5 -7 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.
In the meantime, put fat in a skillet and heat until hot using medium heat. Add onions and fry until transparent and just beginning to brown while stirring occasionally. Add cooked cauliflower florets, and fry until lightly browned (about 10 minutes), while stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve.
48 thoughts on “Old-fashioned Fried Cauliflower with Onion”
We’re not huge cauliflower fans, but this looks tasty. Thanks.
It’s yummy, but this sounds like it’s not a recipe for you.
No, I’d give it a go.
LOVE cauliflower. Love the stalk too, but this does sound yummy.
I also usually use the stalk. I peel it, and cut it into several pieces – and combine it with the florets. It doesn’t look as nice as the florets, but it tastes good.
Simple but I’m sure so delicious!
Sometimes simple recipes are the best.
Nothing to get in the way of the flavor of the food, and the energy level of the cook!
Simple and yummy. I like cauliflower.
If you like cauliflower you’d like this recipe.
This actually sounds delicious.
It’s good to hear that it sounds delicious.
sounds and looks tasty………i bet the onion adds a lot of flavor…..
The onions add another flavor dimension.
Definitely a very healthy meal.
Lots of nutrients – though it probably would be slightly healthier if the vegetables weren’t fried.
This looks so good, I love the mix of cauliflower and onion.
Sounds like a great idea!
Onions and cauliflower were a new vegetable comination for me. I never would have thought of it if I hadn’t seen the old recipe.
I’ve used leeks with cauliflower before, and those go well.
Sounds yummy. Sometimes I think that leeks are an under-utilized vegetable.
This week we got a super sized cauliflower in our farm share. I don’t think I will fry it, but I am planning to air fry it.
Sounds like a good way to go.
A simple dish ,that I’m sure tasted great! Good for you is always a plus.
It was delish.
I often do summer squash this way, but never thought of trying it with cauliflower. It sounds great.
If I remember next year, I’ll have to try cooking summer squash this way.
It’s delicious. I carmelize the onions, then add the squash. Sometimes, I take the next step and turn it into the southern standby — a casserole.
🙂 Casseroles are a good standby here, too.
We love cauliflower in all its forms.
Cauliflower is a tasty vegetable.
I’m going to have to try this although I’ll probably steam my cauliflower….
I’m sure it would be healthier if the cauliflower was steamed.
I received the most beautiful orange cauliflower head in my farm-to-table delivery. I love it roasted.
I’ve seen orange cauliflower heads at the farmer’s market, but have never bought one. I may have to buy one.
They taste the same, but look lovely on the plate.
That does sound good! And easy to make, which makes it a great recipe in my book!
Easy is always good.
Simple but so delicious! Love it.xxx
Simple is good.
Frying cauliflower with onions sounds delicious, one to try! I’ve been boiling the flowerets and then mashing them like potatoes, then adding garlic and butter.
I’ll have to try mashing cauliflower. It sounds like a nice way to serve this vegetable.
Yum! I’m going to do that tonight.
I hope that you enjoyed it.