You will love these crispy, delicious cauliflower pancakes! They are low carb and keto, and contain no flour.
The idea for cauliflower pancakes occurred to me the last time I made cauliflower pizza crust. I was watching the magic of the cauliflower crust coming together in the oven. Suddenly I thought that I could use the same recipe to make pancakes.
We all loved the result – golden, delicious, and delicate savory fritters. Like all fried foods, there’s something crispy and addictive about them. But at least these are healthy!
The ingredients you’ll need
You’ll only need a few ingredients to make these tasty fritters (exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below):
- Fresh cauliflower
- Shredded mozzarella
- Grated Parmesan
- Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
- Olive oil
How to make cauliflower pancakes
- Process the cauliflower florets in your food processor into cauliflower “rice.”
- Mix the riced cauliflower with the remaining ingredients except for the olive oil.
- Fry in olive oil until golden brown.
There’s no flour in these pancakes!
I keep these tasty cauliflower patties keto and gluten-free by not using any flour in the mixture.
Making them does require patience and a gentle hand. So if you lack patience, and don’t mind grains/gluten, you could try adding 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to the mixture to make it a bit sturdier.
You can fry them in olive oil or in butter
I like to fry these cauliflower pancakes in olive oil. But if you prefer, I’m sure that butter would be wonderful too. As you probably know, grass-fed butter is actually good for you.
How to season these cauliflower pancakes?
I season them simply, with salt, pepper and garlic powder. You can certainly add more seasonings if you’d like. Perhaps add 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme. Both would complement this dish well.
The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below. Here are the basic steps:
What to serve with them?
Or you could serve them with a couple of fried eggs and a salad for a delicious meatless dinner. They’re extra delicious when topped with a dollop of sour cream.
Reviews of this recipe
Reviewers on Pinterest do seem to enjoy this recipe. Sarah thinks you should use 4 eggs rather than two – perhaps she used a bigger cauliflower head, in which case that adding eggs would make perfect sense.
Other suggestions include adding caramelized sweet onions, and keeping the frying pan nice and hot. I like the way Nori served her fritters with cold cuts and sliced cucumbers – nice and simple!
What to do with leftover cauliflower pancakes?
If you happen to have leftovers, they keep well in the fridge, in a sealed container, for 3-4 days.
They taste great when gently reheated in the microwave on 50% power, or even cold. I sometimes grab one for a quick snack, and eat it straight out of the fridge!
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- 1 small head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella (2oz)
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the cauliflower in a food processor and rice it – pulse until its texture resembles rice. Work in batches if needed. You should get 2 heaping measuring cups of riced cauliflower, about 280 grams (10oz).
- In a medium bowl, mix the riced cauliflower, eggs, mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet, over medium heat, about 4 minutes. Measure 1/4 measuring cup per pancake, flattening them thin with the back of a spoon after placing in the skillet. Fry the pancakes over medium heat (not higher) about 5 minutes, until the underside has formed a sturdy, golden-brown crust. Be patient – if you flip them too soon, they will fall apart.
- Carefully flip to the other side, and fry 5 more minutes, or until golden-brown on both sides and sturdy enough to lift off the skillet.
- Repeat two more times, adding a tablespoon of olive oil before each batch. Keep the cooked cauliflower pancakes in the warm oven while you make more batches.