A large dark gray bowl with sauteed cauliflower sprinkled with slivers of almonds and chopped cilantro and two lemon slices as garnish.

Why I love this sautéed cauliflower recipe

Cauliflower is just one of those vegetables. People either like it or hate it – kind of like brussels sprouts, but I think it’s just a matter of finding a recipe you enjoy – like my roasted spicy honey brussel sprouts.

I used to love making cauliflower that was crusted in parmesan, garlic and breadcrumbs, but since that’s not an option anymore, I’ve been playing around with different ways to prepare cauliflower.

We love making creamy curried cauliflower and cauliflower chowder, but I have to say that this sautéed cauliflower is my absolute favorite. I think you’ll love it, too!

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

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How to make sautéed cauliflower

Sauté the cauliflower. Heat a large skillet to medium. Add the olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Let them cook until they’re fragrant and sizzling in the pan.

Add the cauliflower to the pan and sauté it until it’s tender. To let the cauliflower brown, make sure not to stir it too often.

Mix the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk the tahini and lemon juice until smooth. Set it aside for later.

Garnish and serve. When the cauliflower is tender, remove from heat and stir in the sauce until the cauliflower is evenly coated. Sprinkle the chopped cilantro and sliced almonds on top before serving.

A large dark gray bowl with sauteed cauliflower sprinkled with slivers of almonds and chopped cilantro and two lemon slices as garnish. A small bowl of chopped cilantro  and a bowl of lemon wedges on the side with 3 forks in a pile.

FAQS about sautéed cauliflower

Is it necessary to boil cauliflower before sautéing it?

No. You do not have to boil it before sautéing it. You can get flavorful, tender cauliflower by sautéing it with a bit of olive oil. Sautéing allows the cauliflower to caramelize and adds so much more flavor than other methods like boiling or steaming.

What is tahini?

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It’s commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine, and it’s one of the main ingredients in hummus. It can also be used in dressings and even baking.

I can’t find tahini. Is there something I could substitute?

If you don’t have tahini, you should be able to substitute almond or cashew butter. The flavor won’t be exactly the same but it will work just fine and your cauliflower will be delicious.

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A large dark gray bowl with sauteed cauliflower sprinkled with slivers of almonds and chopped cilantro and two lemon slices as garnish.
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Sautéed Cauliflower with Tahini and Cilantro

This flavorful sautéed cauliflower is cooked until golden brown and seasoned with creamy tahini, lemon and fresh garlic, then topped with fresh cilantro and crunchy, sliced almonds. This simple recipe will quickly become one of your favorite ways to cook cauliflower. Serve it alongside some grilled chicken thighs and crispy potato wedge for a complete meal.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Sautéing
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup toasted, sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet to medium. Add olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté until sizzling and fragrant – about 1 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower to the pan and season with salt. Sauté the cauliflower, stirring as needed, until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown.
  3. While the cauliflower is cooking, stir the tahini and lemon juice together. 
  4. Remove the pan from heat and add the tahini sauce. Stir until the cauliflower is evenly coated.
  5. Before serving, garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced almonds.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ½ Cup
  • Calories: 138
  • Sugar: 3.2 g
  • Sodium: 142.2 mg
  • Fat: 9.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 5.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Last Updated on October 14, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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