Crispy Oven Baked Cauliflower Tots Recipe

Crispy Oven Baked Cauliflower Tots: for People Who Hate Cauliflower

November 23, 2015 in Busy Family Recipes / Sides & Salads

Like cilantro, you either love it or hate it.  I’m talking Cauliflower!

Personally, I don’t know many people who don’t like Cauliflower, but I’ve seen the loathing online when it comes to this nutritious vegetable!  Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea family which also include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale. The milky, sweet, almost nutty flavor of cauliflower is prime from December through March when it is in season and most plentiful. Raw cauliflower is firm yet a bit spongy in texture.

Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid (B5), and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). It is a very good source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin. Additionally, it is a good source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), proteins, and potassium. Cauliflower is an excellent addition to family meals and most recently, has been playing a huge part in people looking to lower refined carbohydrates out of their diets.

Cauliflower is being used to make a healthy pizza crust, taco shells, fried “rice” and now Tater Tots.. only no Tater!

Today, I’m sharing one of my favourite ways to serve cauliflower that could very well fool any cauliflower hater out there!  These delicious Oven Crispy Baked Cauliflower Tots are very easy to make, healthy, and delicious!

Oven Crispy Baked Cauliflower Tots

All you have to do is coarse chop the head of cauliflower, pulse it in your food processor, Combine the rest of the ingredients, form them into the shape of little tots and bake!

Bake them in the oven for 15 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 10 minutes.  I like to leave mine in just a little longer because we like them extra crispy!

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Crispy Oven Baked Cauliflower Tots

Oven Crispy Baked Cauliflower Tots

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 39 minutes


  • 3 cups finely chopped cooked cauliflower (about 1 medium head of cauliflower)
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned panko bread crumbs (be sure they are seasoned)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs


  1. To prepare the cauliflower, chop and boil florets until soft. These can be larger pieces of cauliflower no need to make them too small.
  2. Once slightly soft, drain and finely chop with a knife, or pulse a few times in a food processor until it resembles large course crumbs.
  3. Add the 3 cups of chopped cauliflower, breadcrumbs, cheese and eggs into a large mixing bowl. Mix with a large spoon until everything is combined.
  4. Preheat oven to 400F. While oven is preheating, shape cauliflower mixture to form small cylinders that look like tater tots. Make sure to first press the mixture together between your palms before shaping, so that the ingredients stick together better. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes and then flip tots over and bake for another 10 minutes. If your tots are larger, you may need to bake longer so that they are crispy.
  6. Serve with ketchup or other dipping sauce. Enjoy!
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  • Reply TrailMom January 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    These were pretty good! I actually liked them even more the next day warmed up for a few seconds in the microwave. I would use a little less bread crumbs next time or use fresh bread crumbs. I think these are a great blank canvas for fun flavor combinations. They were just a bit bland for my families taste. Try with some Old Bay sprinkled on after your pull them out of the oven to kick them up a notch.

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  • Reply Cheryl December 13, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I came back to add this to Yum!! So good 🙂

    • Reply admin December 21, 2015 at 3:06 am

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Reply Nicole a December 10, 2015 at 4:18 am

    I am excited to try these with my family!

  • Reply Amanda December 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Yummy! We usually have tots on taco nights, I love that I can make these and my kids won’t know the difference.

  • Reply Cheryl December 5, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I love cauliflower!! And I love tater tots!! I am so gonna have to try these!! 🙂

    • Reply admin December 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      You’re going to love them Cheryl!! Enjoy!

  • Reply aliyadaya December 5, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I am honestly not a big fan of cauliflower… BUT this looks delicious and I will have to try it!

    • Reply admin December 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      This recipe has converted the most people who dislike cauliflower! Try it, you never know!

  • Reply kristen visser November 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    omg i totally have to try this!!! I LOVE cauliflower … hubby not so much. but i know he would love this

  • Reply Shauna Torres November 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Well, we are a family WHO LOVES Cauliflower and we would love these. I have never blanched cauliflower before… i will be trying this recipe. Thanks so much…

    • Reply admin November 26, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      You’re welcome! Hope your family loves it as much as mine does!

  • Reply Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs) November 24, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I love cauliflower. It’s one of my favorite veggies. This sounds really good!

    • Reply admin November 24, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Hope you love it as much as we do!

  • Reply Jennifer November 24, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Those look delicious. I think this might be the first time I’ve ever seen faux tater tots before.

    • Reply admin November 24, 2015 at 10:35 am

      They are delicious! A healthier alternative 🙂

  • Reply Erika November 24, 2015 at 10:05 am

    I am a huge fan of cauliflower. It is my favorite vegetable and this sounds fantastic.

    • Reply admin November 24, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Me too! I can’ believe there are people out there who dislike this delicious veggie!

  • Reply Krystal's Kitsch November 23, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I’ve been trying to find a way to eat cauliflower that I actually ENJOY! This might just be the way to do it. YUM!

    • Reply admin November 24, 2015 at 10:00 am

      They are quite delicious!

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