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Smoky Caramelized Cauliflower

A deliciously smoky and caramelized vegetable!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: The Chunky Chef


  • 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!