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These Keto Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steaks have all the crispy and delicious flavors of a traditional Country Fried Steak Recipe, but in a vegetarian keto recipe.
Looking for something different from typical keto cauliflower recipes?
Keto Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steaks might not be the first thing you think of when you search for paleo side dishes or dairy free keto recipes. Trust me: this recipe is sure to be a new favorite. Cauliflower really can do anything. These Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steaks get nice and tender on the inside with a deliciously spiced crispy crust on the outside. Serve with your favorite dressing, and you’ve got a great keto side dish or a low carb appetizer.
Not your average low carb side dish
If you think that a vegetarian keto recipe can’t be great on its own, these Keto Chicken Fried Cauliflower Steaks will change your mind in one bite. You can serve them with a variety of dressings and really customize the flavors. While I served mine with Blue Cheese and Chive Dressing, you could also use Dairy Free Keto Ranch Dressing or marinara sauce to make this the perfect Whole30 side dish.
How to make a keto breading substitution
The “breadcrumb” for this keto chicken fried steak is made from a pork rind base. I love pork rinds because you can find them everywhere, they’re reasonably priced, and you can grind them up with your favorite seasonings to customize the texture and flavor. Pork rinds are gluten free and very keto friendly (zero carbs). They make the perfect crunch and I’ve used them as a substitute for traditional breadcrumbs a ton of different recipes. If you don’t have a food processor, you can get pre-crushed pork rinds here. Even if you are not a fan of pork rinds, trust me when I tell you that when they are crushed up and used as breading, they are not off-putting at all. They just make an extremely crunchy breading. It’s truly perfect on this keto chicken fried cauliflower.
What is the difference between chicken fried steak and country fried steak?
First let’s start with the similarities – Chicken fried steak and country fried steak are both made with steak, typically tenderized cube steak, and are battered and fried. Sometimes pan-fried and sometimes deep fried. From there, they are smothered in a delicious gravy before serving. The gravy is often the main distinction between the two. Country fried steak is usually served with a brown gravy and served with potatoes and vegetables, for dinner. Chicken Fried Steak is typically served with a creamy, peppery white gravy and served with eggs and hash browns for breakfast. While these are some of the notable differences, you will still see the lines blurred on many menus. It’s all up to the chef. Personally, I am a fan of chicken fried chicken. But let’s not get started on all the other variations.
In addition to the keto chicken fried cauliflower steaks, check out some of my other favorite low carb side dish recipes:
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- medium head cauliflower
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup crushed pork rinds
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
- avocado oil, for frying
- Remove the leaves and trim the stem of the cauliflower. Slice it into 4 even steaks, slicing from the top, down through the core.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
- Place each slice of cauliflower into the boiling water for about 3 minutes each, until just tender. Remove from the water, dry with a paper towel, and set aside.
- Fork whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a second shallow bowl.
- Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons of avocado oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
- Dip each slice of cauliflower into the egg wash and then press each side into the breading mixture.
- Fry each slice for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until crispy and golden brown.
- Serve with Creamy Chive Blue Cheese Dressing or Dairy Free Ranch Dressing.
net carbs per serving: 3.5g
- Calories: 181
- Fat: 21.3g
- Carbohydrates: 5.3g
- Fiber: 1.8g
- Protein: 13g
Naomi is the force behind Naomi Sherman | Food Creative. She is passionate about recipe development, food photography and styling. An accomplished home cook who was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease eight years ago, Naomi started to explore the connection between healthy, whole food and her symptoms, and a new love was born. Naomi loves nothing more than to take old-school favourites and give them a healthy twist. “There is nothing more fun than creating an amazing dish and then being able to style and photograph it to share with the world” She fiercely believes that what you put in your body is one of the most important factors for your physical, and mental, wellbeing.
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