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low carb cauliflower fritters recipe

Low Carb Cauliflower Fritters (Pancakes) with Cheese and Almond Flour

June 21, 2021

Learn how to make cauliflower pancakes, also known as cauliflower fritters. These low carb cauliflower fritters with cheese make an excellent savory breakfast or snack. They can also replace bread in a sandwich or be served as a side dish for a light lunch or dinner.

low carb cauliflower fritters recipe

Low Carb Cauliflower Fritters

I’m always trying to add more vegetables to my diet. These low carb cauliflower fritters are a delicious way to eat more veggies and make a low carb substitute for bread or crackers. They are delicious for breakfast, lunch or dinner, so they are a versatile recipe to have in your recipe box.

I use cauliflower to make cauliflower pancakes, but you can also use broccoli or a combination of the two. It’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables. I make them for myself as a savory breakfast option or as a healthy low carb snack when I’m entertaining guests.

These vegetable fritters with almond flour make a great addition to a keto diet for a savory meal idea. Learn how to make my healthy cauliflower fritters recipe plus get tips for cooking vegetable fritters with cauliflower, discover cauliflower health benefits, learn how to reheat vegetable fritters and find out what to serve with low carb cauliflower fritters for healthy dinner ideas.

healthy cauliflower pancakes

Health Benefits of Cauliflower Fritters

These healthy cauliflower pancakes have several health benefits for you due to the high cauliflower content. Cauliflower is low in calories, but it’s packed with vitamins. Cauliflower has only 25 calories per cup, but it has 3 grams of fiber.

Cauliflower also has the following vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus

Cauliflower is also high in antioxidants to protect your body from free radicals and can even reduce inflammation in the body. Specifically, cauliflower is high in isothiocyanates, glucosinolates, flavonoids and carotenoids.

When you learn how to make cauliflower pancakes, you’ll be enjoying a low carb food that can replace grains or legumes. There are 5 grams of carbs in a cup of cauliflower, but a cup of cie has 45 grams of carbs. White flour has 95 grams of carbs per servings, so these healthy cauliflower pancakes have quite a bit fewer carbs per serving. If you’re limiting carbs, these low carb cauliflower fritters can make a great substitute for grains or legumes.

cauliflower fritters with cheese

Tips For Cooking Vegetable Fritters With Cauliflower

These low carb cauliflower fritters are easier to make than other vegetable fritters because cauliflower is low in water. If you use a vegetable with a higher water content, like zucchini, you’d have to dry the squash before making cauliflower fritters with cheese.

Here are some more tips to making perfect low carb cauliflower fritters:

  • Unlike a traditional pancake, you do not want a lot of batter. The cauliflower should not ooze out batter that spreads in the pan. Your low carb cauliflower fritters should be formed and hold their shape.
  • However, you will cook your healthy cauliflower pancakes similar to a regular pancake in that you need to cook it for a longer time on a lower heat. Do not cook on high because the outside will be browned before the inside cooks.
  • Be patient and allow the cauliflower fritters with cheese to cook completely on each side before you flip them.
  • Use only enough oil to cover the bottom of your pan or you risk having oily cauliflower fritters with cheese. Add more oil to the pan as needed.
  • These healthy cauliflower pancakes can be used in place of bread in a sandwich.
  • Replace the cauliflower in your keto cauliflower fritters recipe with broccoli if desired.
  • Cook large cauliflower fritters to make a low carb flat bread for a salad or sandwich.
  • You can substitute the mozzarella cheese in this recipe to make cauliflower cheddar fritters.

How Do You Reheat Vegetable Fritters?

If you microwave leftovers from this cauliflower fritters recipe, then they can get soggy. Instead, I recommend reheating them in oil on the stove or baking them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 to 10 minutes. You can also cook them in an air fryer at the same temperature and time.

how to make cauliflower pancakes

What Goes With Veggie Fritters?

This low carb cauliflower fritters recipe is a delicious side dish for any of the following main dishes:

  • Baked or grilled fish
  • Salmon
  • Marinated chicken
  • Shrimp pasta
  • Scallops
  • Pasta salad
  • Salad
  • Steak tips

You can eat healthy cauliflower pancakes alone or with a sauce. I like a dollop of sour cream and some sliced green onions or chives when I eat them for lunch or dinner. For breakfast, I like to dip them in applesauce.

Ways to Enjoy Low Carb Cauliflower Pancakes

I eat these keto cauliflower fritters as a savory breakfast or as a side dish. They also make a great low carb substitute for bread in a sandwich. If you learn how to make cauliflower pancakes, you can make a large one to use as a flatbread to make an open faced sandwich or eat with a salad.

ingredients to make low carb cauliflower pancakes with cheese

Savory Cauliflower Fritters Ingredients

To make low carb cauliflower fritters, you will need the following ingredients:

low carb cauliflower pancakes recipe

How to Make Cauliflower Pancakes

Here’s how to make low carb cauliflower pancakes:

1. Begin by using a sharp knife to chop the cauliflower into small florets. Once chopped, steam or boil the cauliflower florets until they are fork tender. You should be able to pierce the vegetable easily with a fork. However, be careful not to cook too long. Otherwise, the cauliflower can get too watery.

drain cauliflower for veggie fritters

2. Next, drain the cauliflower and allow to cool. Once the cooked cauliflower is cool enough to handle, place it inside a clean tea towel. Then squeeze the cauliflower to remove the excess water. Set aside.

beat eggs with spices to make savory vegetable fritters

3. Now beat two large eggs in a medium sized bowl. Once beaten, add the smoked paprika, fine ground sea salt and the ground pepper. Stir well to combine. Then add the cauliflower to the egg and spice mixture, using a potato masher to mash the cauliflower until it breaks down into small pieces.

add almond flour to keto cauliflower fritters

4. Add the almond flour to the veggie fritters mixture, then stir to mix. The fritter dough should look like a soft dough that holds its shape. If needed, you can add an additional tablespoon of almond flour to the fritter dough.

add cheese to low carb cauliflower fritters

5. Now fold in the shredded mozzarella cheese. Mix well to evenly distribute the cheese throughout the veggie fritters mixture. (If you’d like to make cauliflower cheddar fritters, simply substitute cheddar cheese for the mozzarella.)

pan fry veggie fritters in olive oil on hot skillet

6. Finally, heat a skillet over medium heat with a drizzle with olive oil. Cook the cauliflower fritters until browned, then flip and cook the other side until browned. Serve immediately so your fritters don’t get soggy.

cauliflower pancakes

How to Store Leftovers

Now that you know how to make keto cauliflower pancakes, learn how to store them. Leftovers will last in the fridge for about 4 days in an airtight container. Reheat leftovers on the stove in oil just as you cooked them. You can also reheat them in an air fryer or in the oven. Heat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-10 minutes or until warm.

You can also freeze leftover from this cauliflower fritters recipe. Let the cooked cauliflower cheddar fritters cool completely and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in the freezer until frozen. Then transfer to a freezer bag and freeze up to two months. You can bake them from frozen at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Yield: 8 cauliflower fritters

Low Carb Cauliflower Fritters

keto cauliflower fritters pancakes low carb

Make delicious low carb cauliflower fritters with cheese and almond flour for a savory breakfast idea. These veggie fritters are both keto and gluten free.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼-⅓ cup almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Chop the cauliflower into small florets. Steam the cauliflower or boil it until it’s fork tender. You should be able to pierce it with a fork. Be careful not to cook too long or the cauliflower can get too watery.
  2. Drain the cauliflower and let it cool so you can handle it. Then put it in a clean tea towel and squeeze to remove excess water. Set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs in a medium sized bowl. Add smoked paprika, salt and ground pepper and stir well. Add cauliflower to the egg and spice mixture and use a potato masher to mash the cauliflower until it’s in small pieces.
  4. Add ¼ cup almond flour and stir. It should look like a soft dough that holds its shape. Add 1 tablespoon of additional almond flour if needed.
  5. Fold in shredded mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
  6. Heat a skillet to medium. Drizzle with olive oil and cook the low carb cauliflower fritters with cheese until browned. Flip and cook the other side until browned. Serve immediately.

Notes

If desired, you can substitute the mozzarella cheese with cheddar cheese for cauliflower cheddar fritters.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 99Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 6g
how to make cauliflower fritters

More Low Carb Recipe Ideas

If you like this recipe for low carb cauliflower fritters, then be sure explore these other low carb recipes:

This recipe for keto cauliflower pancakes originally appeared on Becca Ink.

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