Caramelized Cauliflower

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It makes for a great snack, healthy appetizer, or side to accompany a heavy meal.

Cauliflower can do so much more than just look sad on a veggie tray! For example, caramelized cauliflower has become very popular as a sweet, exciting side dish. Well, like all of our SkinnyMs. recipes, this version of Caramelized Cauliflower will be welcome on any clean-eating meal plan. Our recipe uses simple seasonings, then caramelizes the cauliflower before topping them with roasted hazelnuts, sage, and Parmesan cheese.

It makes for a great snack, healthy appetizer, or side to accompany a heavy meal. Guests and family members alike will love these sneakily healthy treats! Don’t forget to make a big batch if you’re sharing.

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Caramelized Cauliflower

This delightful cauliflower is a welcome addition to any healthy-eating plan and perfect as a side, appetizer, or even a snack.
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 slice (about 1/2 cup)
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 cups water cold (more or less if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sage fresh, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnuts roasted, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese low-fat, shredded


  • Remove leaves from the cauliflower and cut the head into 1/2 inch thick slices. Slices should be large and resemble a slice of bread. Remove any core on the slices.
  • In a large skillet, place cauliflower slices and cover with cold water. The water should reach halfway up the sides of the cauliflower. Add the oil, honey, lemon, salt, and pepper, Cover and cook on high until water is evaporated. Cauliflower should be golden brown on one side. When the cauliflower begins to brown, reduce heat to low. Once the cauliflower is deep brown, flip and cook the second side for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with sage, hazelnut, and Parmesan. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1slice (about 1/2 cup) | Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 434mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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    1. Kim, Not necessarily. If you prefer add the sage the last 5 minutes prior to removing cauliflower from the oven.

  1. I’m a little confused on what this looks like in the skillet. If the slices are only 1/2″ and water is only going halfway up the cauliflower, then I only have 1/4″ of water in the base of the pan. Correct?

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