Cauliflower Nuggets

Put your hands up in the air if you’re one of these people who cannot simply like stuff but instantly become obsessed with it.

See? I knew I wasn’t alone.

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

Erm. You may lower your hands now. Next, close the tab. Just run away and don’t go around places with a strong wifi signal that allows you to check out these nuggets. Otherwise, chances are high that you’ll spend the next 16 days sitting in a dark corner, spending your fortune away on cauliflower heads AND mindlessly munching on cauliflower nuggets like it’s your job.

Not that I know something about that.

I’m warning you – leave now or you’ll have to spend the next few years doing one of these 12 step rehab program. I really hope they make one for cauliflower nugget addicts because oh boy, I’ve fallen so hard for these!

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

These nuggets are that addictive. Crispy on the outside, a bit spicy (or super spicy if you wish – your chili flakes jar, your decision), creamy on the inside and cheeeeeeesy. You cannot go wrong with cheese, can you? Naaaah. I tell you that these nuggets are so much better than those chicken ones.

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

By the way, I think it’s time to tell you that I recently went fully vegetarian (one month and a week now) so I’m really not kidding when I say that I can (and I will) eat a ton of these nuggets in a sitting and make a living on them alone. Fear not, things will keep the same around here: I’ll keep commenting on all of your posts, my meat recipes will be still on my index and I won’t get too obnoxious about it.

But you better expect an increase in my cauliflower-based posts. Seriously, is there anything that cauliflowers can’t do?????

a) Nope   b) I don’t think so!   c) Absolutely not, cauliflowers are boss!

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

Let’s talk nuggets again, shall we? K. Nuggets are fab, they’re like the Jon Snow of food. Mmmm, like you know, handsome and additive???


I’m pretty sure that if these nuggets could talk they’d have a pretty dark, deep sexy voice. 

((Ah yes, don’t take me too seriously now. It must be all these withdrawal symptoms because I might or might not have gone without these nuggets for THREE WEEKS. Never. Again. NEVER))

Cauliflower Nuggets: creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE! Much healthier than most versions too!

Give me nuggets or give me death.

Ok I’ll stop now.

But  promise that you’ll be going to the store to get the biggest cauliflower in sight to make the nuggets, please guys. They’re so worth getting addicted to.

I’ll see you all in cauliflower-nugget-rehab. Please come and say hi. Don’t be shy, I won’t bit you…. unless you look like a lovely little cauliflower nugget, that is. In that case, run for your life.

ps: why are you reading this now and why aren’t you in the store? You rebel.


Cauliflower Nuggets
Creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside and SO ADDICTIVE.
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  1. 1 kg head of cauliflower
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  4. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 60 grams cheddar cheese
  7. 50 grams shredded mozzarella
  8. extra breadcrumbs to roll nuggets on
  1. Steam the cauliflower until tender enough to mash with a fork.
  2. Squeeze all the liquid out of the cauliflower.
  3. Mix cauliflower, salt, seasonings, breadcrumbs, egg, mozzarella and grated cheddar until a ball is formed.
  4. Form ball into nuggets.
  5. Roll nuggets in extra breadcrumbs.
  6. Heat about 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil and fry nuggets until golden.
  1. Other strong cheeses such as manchego or parmesan can be used in place of cheddar.
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 EDIT: it won’t let me edit the orginal recipe plug in as this is an old one, and I’m no longer using Recipe Card, but you can make these with egg and dairy substitutes as well. However, they need to be deep fried, not fried in little oil, as they will crumble to death otherwise.

By the way, thanks for the comments in my last posts! I did have such a fabulous vacation and now I’m more than ready to be back blogging! Can’t wait to get on track. But excuse me if it takes me a bit of time to answer your comments and read blogs. There’s just sooooo much to do with the ebook and everything! I hope you guys understand!

Enjoy your weekend,




  • Reply Penni August 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    These look delicious! Do you think yet would work with just mozzarella? Thanks

    • Reply Consuelo August 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Sure they do! I’ve tried that version as well and it’s quite nice. But I still prefer the cheddar one 😉 xxxx

      • Reply marsha January 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm

        how do you squeeze the liquid out of the cauliflower? sorry, but I am new to this. thanks!

        • Reply Consuelo January 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm

          Using a kitchen towel. Please, look for pics on the internet as English is not my mother language and I’m having trouble finding the right words to tell you how. Deeply sorry about that xx

  • Reply Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron August 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    You are hilarious, I love how John Snow makes it into all of your posts 😉 And these cauliflower nuggets are genius! Guilt-free nuggets…awesome!!

  • Reply whiskandshout August 23, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Your writing makes me dieeee 🙂 These look amazing (guilt-free is the best kind of food!). And congrats on vegetarianism!

  • Reply Jo @ The Contented Baker August 23, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    These look delectable!! Need to get some cauliflower 😉

  • Reply Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods August 24, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Such a delicious way to enjoy cauliflower! They look really delicious!

  • Reply Monica August 24, 2014 at 2:42 am

    I love cauliflower and this is such a creative way to use it! I bet I would gobble up a full plate in a heartbeat. Glad to hear we’ll be seeing lots of vegetarian dishes to come!

  • Reply Davida @The Healthy Maven August 24, 2014 at 3:34 am

    hand is definitely still in the air….cannot help my obsessive personality! Speaking of which, I neeeeeeed these in my life!

  • Reply Sugar and Cinnamon August 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I just put my hand up when I read this haha 🙂 These look delicious! I’ve become obsessed with cauliflower! Especially baking it. Haven’t tried nuggets though, they’ll have to be next on the list!

  • Reply Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} August 24, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    You went fully vegetarian!? That’s awesome. I’d love to do that, but my parents won’t let me 🙁 Argh, so annoying!
    Anyway, these nuggets look absolutely amazing. It can’t be hard going vegetarian when you have these lovely nuggets to chew on 😉 Yummy yum

  • Reply Julie @ This Gal Cooks August 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Congrats on going full vegetarian! I’ve tried it a few times but I always go back to meat. :/ But these nuggets, OH MY! They look so amazing, Consuelo. And maybe I could go full vegetarian if I had an abundance of these at my house!

  • Reply Jess @ whatjessicabakednext August 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    These nuggets sound amazing, Consuelo! I’ve been cutting down on eating meat and have been eating mostly vegetarian lately- so this recipe will be brilliant to try out! 🙂

  • Reply marcie@flavorthemoments August 24, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I love my cauliflower, so I’m crazy over these! They look so crispy and amazing, and they so need to happen soon!

  • Reply Long Distance Baking August 25, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Don’t hate me…but I don’t think I’ve ever tried cauliflower as an adult! Must’ve had a traumatizing moment with them in my childhood or something. But the way you describe these…I’m willing to give them a chance! Bring on the nuggets!

  • Reply Alyssa @ My Sequined Life August 25, 2014 at 2:37 am

    These nuggets…yes please!! Oh man they look so great, Consuelo! I love all the seasoned breadcrumbs and cheese in the mix. This is my kind of meal! 🙂

  • Reply PumpkinnSpice August 25, 2014 at 4:07 am

    These nuggets look amazing, Consuelo! I love that you used cauliflower in these little beauties. Definitely a recipe that I need to try out!

  • Reply Monet August 25, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Holy cow. I’m going to be making these tomorrow (and then probably every day for the next three months).

  • Reply bakerita August 25, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I need this!!! These look so delicious. I’m in awe.

  • Reply Tiff August 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Ahhh woman, these look amazing!!! I’m in the process of moving right now, but I’m going to absolutely make these when I’m in my new place. I love cauliflower & I’ve only really used it as rice in terms of creative cauliflower recipes, but this…this takes the cake!

    I applaud you for going full vegetarian! I’m going to try to do that this month myself, so congrats to you! 🙂 I’m looking forward to your new veggie friendly recipes. 😀

  • Reply steworastory August 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Think my hubs would notices that there’s no chicken in these? Perhaps he would be distracted by the crunchy, cheesy goodness. These look amazing, and WAY tastier than chicken nuggets to me!!!

  • Reply Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor August 25, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Raises hand because I tend to get obsessed with things, especially food and can’t stop eating it! These little cauliflower nuggets look perfect. I love the crunchy outside texture and cheesy goodness. I can’t get enough of veggies!

  • Reply Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking August 25, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I can honestly say that I will never look at another head of cauliflower in the same way again! Now all I will see is how I can mash it up with some cheese and make cauliflower nuggets!!! I feel the obsession coming on…HELP!!!! Pinned…I so need these in my life.

  • Reply Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven August 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Both hands totally up in the air. It’s ridiculous how quickly I can become obsessed with certain foods. 😉 These nuggets… Self-control? What’s that again? These look totally amazing, Consuelo! I want to grab all of those gorgeous little nuggets outta my screen. 🙂

  • Reply Melanie @ Carmel Moments August 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    They look utterly amazing! And I’m thinking the kids would love them too which makes them even better. Pinned.
    Happy Monday!

  • Reply Johlene August 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    I love this idea.. I´m a huge fan of cauliflower and this way I know my family will eat it too 🙂 Thanks for sharing!! xoxo

  • Reply Mike @TheIronYou August 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Now, those are my kind of nuggets. Healthy and delicious!
    Great recipe Co!

  • Reply ashley August 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I’m the same way – i’m very extreme when I like something – I go all out!!! LOL Love these nuggets! (that’s a fun word to say) 😉

  • Reply cheri August 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    What a great way to enjoy cauliflower, I could eat these all day!! This is a keeper!!

  • Reply Sara {Home is Where The Cookies Are} August 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Oooo. I BET these are delicious. I love cauliflower ever single way I’ve ever had it. These will be stuck in my brain until I have a chance to make some! Football season is coming up – what a great game day snack!

  • Reply nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps August 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    These are SO pinned! I can’t wait to try these, I’m a chicken finger/nugget lover and always looking for healthier ways to eat it!

  • Reply makingthymeforhealth August 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I’m so proud of you for giving up meat! It’s not easy to do but it really forces you to get creative with veggies and other sources of protein. I love what you did with these nuggets too- they look much better than chicken to me! 😉

  • Reply Kristi August 26, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Hahahahaha! love how you make me laugh every single time. And girl, I’m going with option c, because I think that cauliflower is boss! I am so adding these to my menu. Pinned!

  • Reply olivia - Primavera Kitchen August 26, 2014 at 4:53 am

    I’ve never seen or heard about cauliflower nuggets, Consuello. What a clever idea! Love this recipe! These nuggets look awesome!! Pinned!

  • Reply Thalia @ butter and brioche August 26, 2014 at 5:21 am

    your right about these being super addictive, i made the recipe and loved all the cheesy cauliflower goodness. thanks for sharing it!

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  • Reply Chris @ Shared Appetite August 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Awesome! What a great healthier snack alternative! Yum!

  • Reply Michelle @ Feed Me I'm Hungry August 26, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Perfect appetizer!

  • Reply shashi @ August 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Oh wow – I could snack on these instead of chicken nuggets anytime!

  • Reply Sofía August 27, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I have to get out and get some cauliflower!!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen August 27, 2014 at 2:43 am

    These cauliflower nuggets really do look addictive! My daughter is going to love them!

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter August 27, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Both hands up! I would totally be obsessed with these cauliflower nuggets! They look insanely mouthwatering and I don’t think I would stop until I polished off that entire bowl! I clearly have no self-control when it comes to veggies 🙂

  • Reply Chantel Lefaye August 28, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Just finished making. Everyone loved them!

  • Reply Kelly August 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Yep, I would totally get addicted to these too! I am cauliflower obsessed already so these nuggets are right up my alley! They look amazing!!!

  • Reply Samina | The Cupcake Confession August 28, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    You know your love for Jon Snow compelled me to finally start watching GoT and now I TOTALLY understand why you’re so mesmerized! 😀 hehehe !!!!! If these cauliflower nuggets are the Jon Snow of nuggets, then I’d love to be an addict! haha!!! Your posts are so hilarious!!!! I love my veggies and I know for a fact that these beauties are going to be a staple at my home once I’ve made them! What a great post lovely!!!!! 😀 I am SOOOOOO waiting for your eBook!!!! I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

  • Reply foodrecipeshq August 29, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Even though I hate cauliflower I am sure I would love these nuggets. The good thing is that I don’t see cauliflower in them, they just look like delicious bites!

  • Reply Karyn October 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    These look so delicious! Has anyone tried to bake these instead of pan fry? Just wondering if they hold up well in the oven and brown the same. Thanks!

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  • Reply stacy October 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Have you ever tried baking them? We have such a large family I feel frying them would take forever.

    • Reply Consuelo February 4, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      you can bake them indeed! x

  • Reply Ella Imision October 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I love cauliflower! Will definitely try this.

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  • Reply Marisa Roberts November 16, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    These were SO delicious! I’m sending my husband out to get more cauliflower. I used a small amount of mozzarella cheese (I had a less than I thought) and the rest was Mexican blend cheese. I also used seasonal salt instead of salt. Since I didn’t have seasoned bread crumbs, I used unseasoned panko and just added a few dashes of salt to the panko.

  • Reply ddaisie00 November 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I’m curious IF anyone has tried to oven bake them after mixing, rather than fry in oil?? It seems like it might work?? I’m just curious!!

  • Reply Bryn December 6, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    what do you think about brocolli instead of cauliflower? im kind of curious to try it… 🙂

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  • Reply karihall December 23, 2014 at 5:28 am

    What are you dipping them in?

    • Reply Consuelo December 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Storebought bbq sauce! x

  • Reply kristen January 6, 2015 at 5:15 am

    I don’t have a kitchen scale….do you have an approximation of the cheese volume in cups?

    • Reply Consuelo January 9, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      I don’t, sorry 🙁 Try google xx

  • Reply Abby January 9, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Do you think you could bake them rather than fry?

    • Reply Consuelo January 9, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      They’re fried in just a drizzle of oil, so you’re not adding those many calories/fat if that’s what worries you 😉
      I haven’t tried baking them, but some of my readers have and they report great results. However, I still think that the lighly fried version would be better xxxxxx

  • Reply Mandy January 16, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Hi. We bake these stead of frying them, so you don’t need to use any oil! They take about 30 minutes in the over and taste just as good

  • Reply Fiona McAllister February 1, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Can these be frozen before frying ?

    • Reply Consuelo February 1, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Hi Fiona! I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work. Let me know if you do! xx

    • Reply Consuelo February 4, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Fiona! I haven’t tried, but I think you should be able to freeze them with no problem xxx

  • Reply sundari February 2, 2015 at 4:55 am

    Hi, tried today. What a genius idea!

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  • Reply Kittiy September 19, 2015 at 3:29 am

    I stumbled across these via Pinterest, and I’m so glad I decided to try them (mostly due to your witty post!)
    They are absolutely amazing!

    As a family that has recently moved meat from an every-night star of the dinner table to a once-weekly treat, finding really fantastic veggie-centric meals has been boy a joy and a chore.

    These are going to become a new staple in our home!

  • Reply maryalma November 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    These look great! We follow a low carb diet and my husband is terrible about eating vegetables so I am on the lookout for ways to get more veggies in our diet. Because of the low carb, any suggestions as to a low carb/gluten free substitute for bread crumbs? Thanks.

    • Reply Consuelo November 17, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      As someone who’s turned high carb after being low carb for quite a long time (and as a food science + nutrition + dietetics student) , I’d say that it’s best to substitute the lifestyle! A high carb diet is so much healthier for you 😉 I don’t have any substitions sorry! Carbs are great! xxx

  • Reply Rebecca January 15, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Consuelo,
    New to your blog but am loving the posts.
    Have successfully made these and loved them.

    Can I ask a couple of questions?
    – Would you say that this exact recipe makes 1 or 2 servings? As in how many people does it serve? Or is it one serving?
    – How well do we think these would freeze? If not well, how long would you keep them in the fridge before eating?


    • Reply Consuelo January 15, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Rebecca!
      So happy you like it! 🙂
      Personally, I dislike stating the serving sizesin a recipe since everyone has different needs and would eat as much as they need to. I don’t feel well stating what a person should eat!
      -I haven’t tried freezing them myself but some people have reported success! I would usually keep them 4-5 days in the fridge but they don’t last as much 😉 xx

      • Reply Rebecca January 18, 2016 at 5:23 pm

        Hi Consuelo.
        Thanks for getting back to me.
        That’s totally understandable about serving size.
        For me by themselves they’re a portion in itself.. as a side half.
        Made them again successfully and still as yummy as ever.

        Will avoid freezing I think as only made yesterday and think they’ll survive until Wednesday dinner 🙂
        Big thanks xx

  • Reply Patti January 15, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Looking forward to making these!!!!

  • Reply Patti January 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Since tater tots are frozen, I would think these would be just the same 🙂

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