Cauliflower Pancakes

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These cauliflower pancakes are a savory low-carb side dish that even a cauliflower skeptic will enjoy! This is a healthy, delicious, gluten free recipe that goes well with lots of different main dishes.

Cauliflower pancakes on a plate

Cauliflower has always been one of my favorite vegetables. I love the flavor on its own, but it’s also great for absorbing other flavors, like in my cauliflower chickpea curry. It’s a great low-carb addition to so many different meals.

Cauliflower rice is very popular these days, and it’s the base for these cauliflower pancakes. I pulse raw cauliflower in the food processor and add some diced shallot, eggs, flour, baking powder, and salt. The result is a tender, savory pancake that goes well with all sorts of different meals. This recipe makes 16 pancakes, so you can freeze some for another day.

How to Make Cauliflower Pancakes

Cauliflower rice in a food processor

Step One: Make cauliflower rice

Pulse the raw cauliflower in a food processor or high-powered blender until it reaches the consistency of rice. Set aside.

Ingredients in a bowl

Step Two: Prepare the batter

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the eggs, shallots, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the cauliflower and stir to combine.

Cauliflower pancakes cooking in a skillet

Step Three: Cook the cauliflower pancakes

Heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Scoop the cauliflower mixture into the pan in 1/4 cup portions, and flatten each one with a spatula to make a pancake shape. Cook the patties in the skillet over medium heat for four minutes on each side, carefully flipping once the first side has turned golden brown.

Visit my gluten-free pancake roundup for more savory and sweet pancake recipes, and try my Instant Pot cauliflower if you want to enjoy this veggie all by itself.

Cauliflower Pancakes

These cauliflower pancakes are a savory low-carb side dish that even a cauliflower skeptic will enjoy!
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5 from 5 votes
Cauliflower pancakes on a plate
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower (8 cups of florets)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbs diced shallots or onions
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil

Instructions

  • Cut the cauliflower florets into pieces. Discard the hard stem, and place the remaining pieces in the bowl of a food processor. (You may need to do this in 2 batches depending on the size of your food processor.) Pulse the raw cauliflower until it’s broken up into little bits that are the size of rice. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, shallots, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the cauliflower and stir to combine.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Scoop the cauliflower mixture into the pan in 1/4 cup portions, and flatten each one with a spatula to make a pancake shape. (I do 6 at a time in my large cast iron skillet. You can get multiple pans going at once if you don’t have a very large skillet.) Cook the patties over medium for 4 minutes, then carefully flip each pancake. They’re a bit delicate, so they may not flip properly if you try to flip them before 4 minutes. Cook for 4 more minutes on the second side, until golden brown on each side. (Turn the heat down just a little bit if they’re getting too dark.) Continue this process with the remaining batter, adding the final 2 tablespoons of oil when the pan seems dry.
  • Serve warm.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.004g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 8
Calories: 120kcal
Cost: $.52 per serving

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Cauliflower Pancakes Price Breakdown

This recipe costs a total of $4.16 to make, or $.52 per serving (2 pancakes). Try these savory cauliflower fritters for a delicious side dish that even the biggest cauliflower skeptic will enjoy!

Note: This post was first published in 2016, and it was updated in 2024.

10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is such a smart way to use cauliflower! I’m always looking for new ideas so this is perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    These look amazing! I have been loving cauliflower recipes lately. And so many sauces would go so well with these! Can’t wait to try them!

  3. I have been loving cauliflower rice and so do my kids and husband! I made cauliflower crust pizza a few weeks ago and that was good too. Can’t wait to try these pancakes. Did you serve them with any sauce or something to dip into? I know my kids will want something!

    1. Thanks, Jessica! I hope you like these. They would be great with a sour cream or Greek yogurt dip. You could even do applesauce, which we always have with potato pancakes.

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