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Cauliflower Tots

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Source: Adapted and modified from Skinny Taste

Make: About 28 cauliflower tots


200 grams cauliflower
35 grams onion, chopped finely
6 grams fresh coriander/ cilantro (leaves only),chopped finely
33 grams cheddar cheese, grated
30 grams breadcrumbs (note 1)
30-35 grams mayonnaise
½ – 1 egg white (note 2)
2 teaspoons corn flour
⅓ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Prepare the cauliflower – wash and cut off the stems. Cut the cauliflower into small florets. Steam a little for about 4-5 minutes (note 3) or until tender but not mushy. Drain well and pat dry on paper towel. Using a knife, chop the cauliflower finely and set aside 200g.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cauliflower, onion, coriander leaves, cheddar cheese and breadcrumbs. Then, stir in mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Followed by egg white (use accordingly and refer note 2) and lastly corn flour. With clean hand, mix up all the ingredients until well combined. Give the mixture a taste test. Before adding extra salt and pepper, do take into account the saltiness of the cheese.
  3. At this point, the mixture is a little soft to form small ovals but it is fine.
  4. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and transfer it to the fridge to chill for an hour or until it firms up slightly.
  5. After an hour, remove bowl from the fridge. Lightly oil both your palms. Scoop 1 tablespoon mixture and form into small ovals. Place on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil. Freeze for 1-2 hours until solid (note 4)
  6. Preheat oven at 200°C for 15 minutes. Prepare a baking tray lined with non-stick parchment paper (note 5). Brush the paper with oil.
  7. Five minutes before the preheating ends, remove the cauliflower tots from the freezer. Do not need to thaw.
  8. Brush a little oil on the frozen tots and place on the baking tray.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cauliflower tots are firmed enough to flip over.
  10. Gently flip the cauliflower tots over and bake for another 12 minutes or until golden. Turn the baking tray halfway to ensure even colour.


  1. I use homemade wholemeal breadcrumbs. You can use any brand that you like.
  2. You don’t need to use all the egg white. I only used about  ½ large egg white for binding.
  3. The time required for steaming should only be served as a guide. If you steam without any preheating, the time is about 10-12 minutes.
  4. These cauliflower can be frozen and cooked on a later date. Just pop the frozen tots into a zip lock bag or any Cook them direct from freezer. No need to thaw.
  5. To avoid that the cauliflower from sticking on your baking tray, use good quality parchment paper or greased proof paper. I used GLAD BAKE non stick baking and cooking paper.


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  1. This looks fantastic!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Can’t wait to try it out!!!

  2. Alice says:

    What a great finger food! My family not fancy cauliflower too, hopefully with this recipe, it would change their mind. 🙂

  3. Ashley says:

    Hi,is this corn starch same as corn flour? can i use plain flour instead corn flour?


  4. tigerfish says:

    I did not really enjoy cauliflower when I was a kid. I think I grew to like this veg more after trying Aloo Gobi – the Indian cauliflower dish, then I started preparing cauliflower in ways that are so much more tastier.

    Love your cauliflower tots definitely and I am sure they are very addictive and yummy!

  5. Ling says:

    Cauliflower is one of my childhood favourite veggie and my mom couldn’t stir-fry enough of it for me when I was a kid. 🙂

    The way you describe this dish got me into an adventurous mood of trying out new dishes. Will definitely want to try your recipe out. Just a matter of time 😀 Thanks a lot for sharing the important pointers so that we could enjoy your success too 😀

  6. Ling says:

    Love your traditional forks, btw 😀

  7. Wokandspoon says:

    Great idea to use up the cauliflower lurking at the bottom of my fridge. I always plan to eat more veg and buy lots on sale then forget about it.

  8. Yee says:

    Love your it ok if i deep fried it?

  9. Miki Ngu says:

    Hi… May i know is it okay if i omit mayonaise? Thanks

    • food-4tots says:

      Miki Ngu: Mayonnaise will add more flavour to these cauliflower tots. You may omit it if you want. Happy trying and looking forward to hearing your feedback! 🙂

  10. Looks so beautiful and perfect.. love it 🙂

  11. Shokora says:

    Really lovely recipe!!! Will give it a try.. do you have recipes for broccoli too?


  12. Mandy says:

    I tried this today. The mixture before cooking already smells so good! I used left over cauliflower I have, insufficient so I added some broccoli, then also added some left over button mushrooms since I have them in the fridge. Haha they taste great!

    Thanks for the recipe. Seems it is flexible enough to take different ingredients.

  13. Linty says:

    Hi, do you reckon I can use a basic bread toaster for this dish ? I dont have an oven right now. Thank you !

  14. Janice says:

    Hi, how do u make your own wholemeal breadcrumbs ? Jus toast the bread then smash it? Yr breadcrumbs in the pic looked really fine , did u use a food processor? Tks!

    • food-4tots says:

      Janice: I toasted the bread with low heat (with oven) and then put inside a plastic bag to smash into fine crumbs. You can also do that with a food processor. 🙂

  15. huiqi says:

    Do I have to frozen the cauliflower first before I can bake it?


    • food-4tots says:

      Huiqi: Freezing helps to hold the shape of these tots because the mixture is quite wet. You can skip freezing if you like. 🙂

      • huiqi says:

        I tried this by putting into freeze but half baking it too soft to turn over..
        do you face this problem?

        • food-4tots says:

          Huiqi: Different ovens have different temperature setting. If the tots are still soft, then you need to bake them slightly longer until you can flip them. Do note that these tots are quite fragile. So, you may need to flip them gently. It will be better to use 2 spoons than a tong to do the flipping. 🙂

  16. Kathy Carter says:

    Is there a source to find calorie ,fat etc. count? I want to make these for my grand kids but am worried about their nutritional value

  17. Carole says:

    Hi can you use frozen florets for this recipe.

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  20. ACH says:

    I think my daughter is allergic to eggs. Is there anything else I can use to replace egg in this recipe?

  21. Sherny says:

    Hi, Can I freeze the cauliflower tots overnight and bake it the next day?

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    These sound great! I am sharing this on Pinterest!

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