Cauliflower pancakes or fritters can be made in an air fryer or fried in a pan on the stovetop. Low carb Keto side dish or breakfast idea.
Looking for low carb pancakes that are savory and still taste amazing? Try cauliflower pancakes this morning or as an afternoon snack. We will share two ways to cook them but we love easy air fryer recipes so that is our favorite method of choice at the moment. (affiliate links present)
Call them what you wish really. If you have made mashed cauliflower before you already have the general idea down pat already. These have a crispy crunchy texture on the outside though which is way better if you ask me.
You could use your leftovers though to make these. I hate wasting food so if you’re anything like me you’ll love that idea.
Yes air fryer cauliflower is amazing, we make it often. When you want something a bit different though you can add all sorts of goodies into these. I mean, love bacon bits, add some into this mixture and fry those babies up! Please don’t deep fry them though, I just am so not into submerging my food in oil, just a spray will do here.
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Air Fryer Cauliflower Pancakes
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Are Trader Joe’s cauliflower pancakes healthy?
Versus the batter type, yes, and they’re gluten free. Of course homemade is always better and the healthiest choice. You can make these taste surprisingly similar to those and you don’t have to trudge to the store to get them either.
This is one cheap vegetable let me tell you. We live in a smaller town where produce is NOT inexpensive, but this is one thing that stays consistently reasonable and I can get it year round. Isn’t always the case with more unusual vegetables let me tell you.
Cheesy Cauliflower Pancakes
You could easily add some cheddar cheese into this mix. OR melt some on the top at the very end, inside is yummier though. Leave it out if you need a dairy free option or make half and half depending on whom you’re serving.
To break it down really easily just throw your florets into a food processor. If you don’t have one or would use it often just grab a small one you can pull out and cleans easily in your dishwasher. Some mixers or blenders will have an attachment for this as well.
Whisk all the other ingredients together in a bowl and then combine this fine mix into it so you have a batter of sorts. It should be a bit like playdough.
Pick up a ball and flatten it a bit. If it is too wet then add 1 Tbsp of almond or all purpose flour to bind it a bit better. You don’t want it falling apart in your pan or air fryer basket.
Healthy Cauliflower Fritters
These are great because you can use what you like and omit what don’t make your taste buds happy. Following a low sodium diet, no problem because you can leave that out or use Mrs. Dash salt free seasoning instead. Love adding roasted garlic to all the things, add some of that into your “dough”.
These are the ingredients we used and worked well for this batch;
- Whole head of cauliflower
- Almond flour, or all purpose works if that is all you have and works as a 1:1 ratio if substituted
- Diced onions
- 2 large eggs
- Salt and pepper
- Parmesan cheese is great but optional of course
- Garlic powder and/or any other seasonings of your choice
- Large skillet or machine to air fry
From there you could add 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro if you wanted, some bacon bits, green onions, a bit of shredded cheese….. Serve with a dollop of sour cream on top, a bit of salsa verde, whatever you like.
Air Fryer Cauliflower Fritters
If you are trying to watch your carbs and regular pancakes aren’t on the list of okays, then this will be a hit in your tummy. There is a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here is a quick look at how you make them;
- Chop your head of cauliflower into smaller florets. Put into a food processor and pulse until it is rice consistency.
- Empty on to a tea towel or a few folded paper towels. Press down to absorb as much water as possible.
- Pour into a bowl. In a pan on your stovetop cook onions with salt and olive oil until they start to turn clear. Add cauliflower. Cook together until softened.
- Whisk eggs in a bowl, add parmesan, flour, parsley and garlic powder. Add riced cauliflower into this bowl and stir to combine together.
- Scoop up into small balls and flatten with palms.
- If too wet add 1 more tbsp flour and stir again until it is the right consistency to bind together.
- On your stovetop – Pour about 1 tbsp olive oil into a skillet over medium heat and scoop up “dough” into your hands. Flatten into a pancake shape and fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- In your Air fryer – Preheat machine to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Flatten patties in your hand. Spray inside of air fryer basket with olive oil spray and lay patties inside without overlapping.
- Spray tops with olive oil spray and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Spray other side when flipped over.
Remove when they are as browned on both sides as you’d like, leaving the insides tender and soft like mashed potato cakes. My family loves these as a savory breakfast or dinner side dish.
Another idea: You can use this same mixture but these instructions for air fryer mashed potato balls or our air fryer potato pancakes. Add a bit of breadcrumbs to the outside to create a bit of a crispy crunch. They turn out as hand held bites of goodness stuffed with cheese or left plain.
They will look a bit like our air fryer zucchini fritters when they are done. Love that veggie too? You should make them too and get your kids to love vegetables! If it is fun and they are able to pick it up like finger food you’re more likely to have a win and smile from them.
Want to try this with an Indian twist? Our Instant Pot cauliflower curry is great as a vegetarian dish or side dish.
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- Chop cauliflower into florets and put into a food processor. Pulse until it is rice consistency.
- Pour on to a tea towel or a few folded paper towels and press down to eliminate as much water as possible.
- Pour into a bowl. In a pan on your stovetop cook diced onions with salt and olive oil until they start to turn clear in color. Add cauliflower. Cook together until softened.
- Whisk eggs in a bowl, add parmesan, almond flour, parsley and garlic powder. Pour cauliflower into this bowl and stir to combine together. Scoop up into small balls and flatten with palms. If too wet add 1 tbsp more flour and stir again until it is the right consistency to bind together.
- * Stovetop * Pour about 1 tbsp olive oil into a skillet over medium high heat and scoop up "dough" into your hands. Flatten into a pancake shape and fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
- * Air fryer * Preheat machine to 380 degrees F for 5 minutes. Flatten patties in your hand. Spray inside of air fryer basket with olive oil spray and lay patties inside without overlapping. Spray tops with olive oil spray and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Spray other side when flipped over.
- Remove when they are as crispy on the outside as you'd like.