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Crispy Cauliflower-Carrot Fritters with Smoky Garlic Aioli

Crispy Cauliflower Carrot Fritters with Smoky Garlic Aioli Recipe

Crispy Cauliflower Carrot Fritters with Smoky Garlic Aioli
For a few years, I worked as a periodicals clerk at a public library. It was a pretty sweet job because I essentially got paid to sit at a desk and read magazines. My actual job was to retrieve magazines for patrons who asked for them because we kept all of our magazines in a back room, but since that didn’t happen very often, most of the time I got to do whatever I wanted. And I wanted to read magazines! At the time, I had just moved in with Chris and I was just learning how to really cook, so the cooking magazines were my favorites. Ever since then, I have been a total Cooking Light fangirl. No, it’s not strictly vegetarian! But it has lots of inventive vegetarian recipes.

I was looking for dinner ideas a few weeks ago and came upon a recipe for Crispy Broccoli-Carrot Fritters with Yogurt Dill Sauce in a recent issue of Cooking Light and thought I would try making the fritters with cauliflower instead of broccoli. And the sauce? I replaced that with a cashew-cream based Smoky Garlic Aioli. I love me some cashew cream! If you don’t have a mayo-aversion like I do, you can use mayo instead and make a more traditional aioli.

Crispy Cauliflower Carrot Fritters with Smoky Garlic Aioli
The smoky aioli is perfect with the cheesy, crispy fritters. And these come together super quickly too—from start to finish, they’re done in about 30 minutes. While the batter might seem like it’s not going to hold together, have faith because it will! Use your spatula to press each patty into shape on the skillet and then flip them over carefully.

Crispy Cauliflower Carrot Fritters with Smoky Garlic Aioli

Crispy little veggie fritters served with a cashew cream-based Smoky Garlic Aioli. Adapted from Cooking Light's Crispy Broccoli-Carrot Fritters with Yogurt-Dill Sauce.
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 fritters


Crispy Cauliflower-Carrot Fritters

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup matchstick-cut carrots
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Smoky Garlic Aioli

  • 3/4 cup raw cashew pieces soaked for 4 to 8 hours
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Crispy Cauliflower-Carrot Fritters

  • Combine the water, cauliflower, and carrots in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook for 4 minutes, then drain well. Place the cauliflower and carrots on a few layers of paper towels and pat dry. Transfer to a cutting board and finely chop.
  • Place the chopped veggies in a large bowl; add flour and stir to coat. Fold in the cheese, salt, pepper, green onions, and egg.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, swirling to coat. Put the fritter mixture into the skillet 1/4 cup at a time, using a spatula to flatten each fritter into shape. Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes, then carefully flip over and cook for about 4 minutes more. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil if needed.

Smoky Garlic Aioli

  • Drain and rinse the cashews. Combine the cashews, garlic, lemon juice, paprika, and 1/4 cup of water in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed, add additional water 1 tablespoon at a time. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with the fritters.


This recipe makes a little extra aioli. Use it on burgers and sandwiches or as a dip for veggies. It will last in the fridge for a few days.


Serving: 2g
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    September 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I love these fritters. I haven’t tried the cashew sauce. I use wasabi mayo. Delicious!

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    December 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    My family absolutely LOVED these fritters and the cashew aioli! Thank you! I dried the veggies on a tray in a 350º oven for a few minutes after boiling to help dry them out instead of the paper towel method, worked well!

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      December 9, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Drying the veggies in the oven is a great idea!

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    Errin Ironside
    February 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    these were so yummy! I used plain greek yogurt instead of the aioli + tri-color carrots & peas. gorgeous & delicious:) thank you!

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    January 15, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    What type of flour could be used instead of all purpose? Whole wheat?

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      January 16, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Whole wheat should work just fine. 🙂

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    April 6, 2017 at 4:24 am

    For anyone interested in making this paleo or gluten free friendly…I used almond flour instead of regular flour and added another egg to hold it all together. It came out delicious and I’ll definitely be making it again. 🙂

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    October 11, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Has anyone tried baking these? They are amazing as is but I would love to cut some calories.

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    July 8, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    I improved these tonight! (On a budget) I didnt have much food, but I had frozen cauliflower, broccoli and carrots, some plain stuffing mix, eggs and sorghum flour. So I cooked the veggies in olive oil with salt n pepper, then chopped and forked them with the flour and 1 egg.Then I rolled them into my smashed stuffing mix, and heated them just the way you called for. Delicious!! I’m so happy I found this recipe and was able to use what I had. Made along with white rice that I Doctored with basil, cumin, curry powder and olive oil. Made for a delicious meal! Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

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