Smoky Caramelized Cauliflower

In an effort to try out new veggies, I cooked cauliflower with my MONGOLIAN BEEF.  I know, I know… cauliflower isn’t exactly a “new” vegetable lol… but usually we just eat it raw, not cooked 🙂  I saw the recipe online and it had our name written allll over it.  I didn’t add any changes this time, but next time I think I’ll add some cayenne for more heat.

I love how there’s hardly any prep to this side dish.  You just chop up the cauliflower 🙂  To make things even more simple, if your grocery store has bags of cauliflower florets in the produce section, you could just buy those and save yourself the chopping.  The most cost effective way however, is to buy a whole cauliflower and chop it yourself.  It doesn’t take much time at all, I promise you.  Here’s what a whole cauliflower looks like…




My inner biology geek likes how it looks a little like a transected brain… pay no attention to me lol

Just slice it in half and chop each half into the florets, and get them in the pan to get caramelized and spicy!


Getting spicy!


Glazing and caramelizing in the honey



This recipe partied at Fiesta Friday

Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma


Smoky Caramelized Cauliflower

A deliciously smoky and caramelized vegetable!
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 1 shallot - minced finely
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper - to taste


  • Cut cauliflower into 1" florets. You could also buy these pre-packaged to save yourself a little time.
  • Heat a skillet with 2 Tbsp oil and 2 Tbsp butter to medium heat. Add cauliflower and a pinch of salt. Cook 3-4 minutes. Toss or flip each piece over, cook for 3-5 minutes more.
  • Add 1 Tbsp oil, minced shallot, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika. Cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add honey and water, cook for another 2-3 minutes. Squeeze 1/2 lemon over the cauliflower, cook another 30 seconds. Remove to serving bowl and enjoy.


This would also be delicious topped with some smoky peppered bacon or pancetta as well!
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8 comments on “Smoky Caramelized Cauliflower”

  1. This sounds so delicious! I love cauliflower, but my husband is not as enthused about it;) I think he’d enjoy this though!

  2. Looks good! My kids love cauliflower, so I am always looking for new ways to cook it! Pinning!

  3. Hi Amanda I love the way you made this cauliflower dish. I absolutely love grilled vegetables and love all the flavors you have here – sweet and spicy – just perfect! thanks for bringing this dish to Fiesta Friday. You may want to link up your post to FF in order to be considered for a feature. thanks so much! Indu

  4. Awesome combo. .. sounds delish… 🙂