Garlic Lemon Baby Cauliflower Recipe

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Garlic Lemon Baby Cauliflower Recipe – pan fried baby cauliflower loaded with tons of lemon and garlic flavor for an easy vegan side dish that is keto compatible and low carb!

baby cauliflower and lemon slices in a white bowl on a marble countertop.

This delicious, easy side dish is keto diet compatible, naturally low carb and gluten free, can be made completely vegan (skip the butter and only use olive oil), and is great alongside all of your favorite main dishes like pork tenderloin, air fried steaks, baked ranch chicken thighs, and more!

If you love my delicious (and crazy easy!) 10 Minute Broccolini recipe, you’re going to love this lemon-packed cauliflower twist!

Be sure to check out our Meyer Lemon Broccolini, Lemon Parmesan Roasted Broccoli, Lemon Garlic Parmesan Baked Chicken Wings, The Best Easy Lemon Bars Recipe, Easy Lemon Jello Poke Cake Recipe, and our Lemon Drop Martini Recipe if you have a craving for lemons!

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What is Baby Cauliflower

Baby cauliflower (one brand being CAULILINI®), is a young, immature version of cauliflower, that is picked when it is still in a tightly packed bundle instead of a big round ball.

Baby cauliflower is less bitter, and can have a delicious, light flavor – but does need to be cooked a bit longer to soft.

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How To Pan Fry Baby Cauliflower

These methods will help you get perfect cauliflower that isn’t bitter, every time.

  • Cook to soft, but don’t overcook. Mushy baby cauliflower is pretty flavorless, so you’ll want to cook to soft, but not mushy.
  • Brown baby cauliflower well. You should have lots of browned charred bits – they add SO much delicious buttery flavor – don’t stir or flip too often, and let cauliflower really crisp and brown in the pan.
baby cauliflower and lemon slices in a white bowl on a marble countertop.

What To Serve With Baby Cauliflower

Some of our favorite easy meals to serve with this baby cauliflower include favorites like swiss steaks, roasted turkey, air fried salmon, and lasagna.

To see our complete main dish recipe archives, click here.

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Other Low Carb Sides You’ll Love

If you’re looking for additional low carb side dishes, we’re sharing our favorites:

To see our complete keto side dish recipe archives, click here.

baby cauliflower and lemon slices in a white bowl on a marble countertop.

Recipe FAQs

How long can I store baby cauliflower?

This recipe can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to four days.

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Garlic Lemon Baby Cauliflower Recipe

Garlic Lemon Baby Cauliflower Recipe – pan fried baby cauliflower loaded with tons of lemon and garlic flavor for an easy vegan side dish that is keto compatible and low carb!
Course Vegetables
Cuisine American
Keyword baby cauliflower, lemon cauliflower, pan fried cauliflower
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 67kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large pan, heat butter until it is melted on medium high.
  • Add olive oil and garlic, toss until fragrant (about 30 seconds.)
  • Add baby cauliflower, toss frequently until browned and bright green, about 5 minutes.
  • Add salt, toss over broccolini.
  • Add lemon juice and water, cook until liquid is cooked down and baby cauliflower is soft, another 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 294mg | Sugar: 1g

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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2 Comments

  1. Amy Ruth Schalnat says:

    Wondering when the 1/4 cup of water comes in to the recipe preparation???

    1. Katherine says:

      The water and lemon juice go in the pan at the same time to steam the cauliflower to soften it. I updated the recipe card, thanks for letting me know!