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This Nashville Hot Cauliflower recipe features Texas Pete®. 

nashville hot cauliflower

If you haven’t figured things out yet, I am having a moment with Nashville Hot Chicken. I just can’t get enough of that Nashville heat paired with that crispy fried coating. I was a vegetarian for eight years in my twenties and have gravitated more to a flexitarian diet these days. So, to satisfy my Nashville Hot Chicken craving, I decided to try Nashville Hot Cauliflower.

Nashville Hot Cauliflower

To begin, I picked up a fresh head of cauliflower and a bottle of Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce. Texas Pete® products are available nationwide and are the perfect balance of bold flavors and heat.

nashville hot cauliflower

Next, I sliced the cauliflower into steaks and prepared them for coating.

nashville hot cauliflower

For the first part of the recipe, I prepared a flour-based coating mixture that includes flour and an assortment of spices. Next, I prepared a hot sauce-egg mixture which included a 1/3 cup of Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce.

To prepare, I dredged the cauliflower flour coating, then in the hot sauce egg mixture, and finished once again with the flour mixture. I then fried the cauliflower in oil before tossing in the Nashville hot sauce.

Nashville Hot Cauliflower

About Texas Pete®

Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce is a great ingredient for your favorite recipe or just add Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce to spice up your delivery and takeout food. The wide versatility of Texas Pete® products allow you to “Sauce Like You Mean It to create the perfect recipe or dish.

Nashville Hot Cauliflower

And of course, no Nashville Hot Chicken is complete without a couple slices of pickles and a piece of white bread. So naturally, I served the Nashville Hot Cauliflower with bread and pickles.

nashville hot cauliflower

Nashville Hot Cauliflower

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course


Nashville Hot Cauliflower (coating)

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 TBS cornstarch
  • 3 TBS seasoned salt
  • 1 TBS paprika
  • 2 TSP cayenne pepper
  • 2 TSP black pepper
  • 1/2 TSP garlic powder
  • 6-8 cauliflower steaks (depending on size of cauliflower)

Nashville Hot Mixture

  • 1/3 cup cayenne powder
  • 2 TSP brown sugar
  • 1 TSP chili powder
  • 1 TSP garlic powder
  • 1 TSP paprika
  • 2 TSP Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Nashville Hot Cauliflower (coating)

  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and hot sauce and set aside.
  • Next add flour, cornstarch, seasoned salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper and garlic powder to a large container with a lid (I used tupperware) and shake to mix well.
  • Dip each piece of cauliflower into seasoned flour and then into hot sauce-egg mixture and then coat again with flour. Allow coated cauliflower to rest to allow flour-mixture to set.
  • Heat 2 – 2 1/2 inches of oil to a cast iron skillet or heavy bottom skillet and heat over medium high heat to fry the cauliflower.
  • Cook the pieces of cauliflower until the crust is crisp and completely golden brown.
  • Remove cauliflower from oil and place on paper towels or rack to drain. Finish cooking all of the cauliflower.
  • Once all the pieces have drained, transfer to a baking sheet and finish cooking in the oven for about 10 minutes to ensure the cauliflower is cooked completely inside.

Nashville Hot Chicken Mixture

  • Whisk together 1 cup of the frying oil you used to fry the cauliflower with cayenne pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder and smoked paprika until combined.
  • Tossed cooked cauliflower into Nashville Hot sauce mixture. Set aside.
  • Serve with pickles and sliced bread on the side.
Nashville Hot Cauliflower

This recipe is so flavorful and the coating is perfectly crunchy and crispy you don’t even realize you’re eating cauliflower. It is so satisfying.

Nashville Hot Cauliflower

And in the latest news from Texas Pete®, they are releasing new BBQ sauces to their line of products. Be sure to keep your eye out for these BBQ sauces, which come in a variety of flavors such as: Texas Pete® Traditional BBQ Sauce, Texas Pete® Sweet Flame BBQ Sauce, Texas Pete® Eastern Carolina BBQ Sauce and Texas Pete® Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce.

Texas Pete BBQ sauce

I hope you give this Nashville Hot Cauliflower recipe a try. I promise you won’t miss the chicken in this dish.


Nashville Hot Chicken

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