This Parmesan garlic cauliflower is ready in just 20 minutes. Serve with chicken, beef or eat as a light lunch. So delicious!

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I don’t know about you, but it feels like this is the first time I’ve sat down in weeks. WEEKS.

It was as if I blinked and all of a sudden it two weeks before Christmas and I had to go-go-go and buckle down to get my Christmas shopping, decorating and cookie making in check. As you probably know, I’ve been a little absent and I apologize for that but I got wrapped up in all things Christmas and planning for hosting not one but three family gatherings, that I found myself with little time to sit down and blog. Wah!

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But I’m back and with a yummy simple recipe for you too! A slightly spicy, majorly garlicky and cheesy cauliflower skillet side dish that I love oh-so-much. Oh and it’s ready in 20 minutes.

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To Make This Parmesan Garlic Cauliflower You Will Need:

  • cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • unsalted butter
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • fresh garlic
  • red pepper flakes
  • grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • ground black pepper
  • parsley

It doesn’t get any more simple than this.

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Start by breaking down a whole head of cauliflower into small florets.

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Melt two tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

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Tip in the cauli, toss in the butter/olive oil and season with salt before spreading it out into an even layer.

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Cook for 3 to 4 minutes without disturbing it…

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Once a golden crust forms, give it a stir and repeat.

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Meanwhile mince up 4 cloves of fresh garlic.

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Once all toasty golden…

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…and fork tender (about 10-12 minutes)…

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…then add in all that minced garlic. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

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Lastly, season with a 1/4 teaspoon of chili pepper flakes…

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…and a quarter cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Toss the cauli in the cheese until it’s melted and throughout. And wah-la! That’s all folks.

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Serve with fresh cracked black pepper, chopped parsley and more Parmesan if desired. Which in my house it’s always desired.

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I may or may not have eaten this as lunch the next day.

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So good it can be its own main dish. 😉

Ps. Caramelized cauliflower is the bestest.

The End.

Enjoy! And if you give this Garlic Cauliflower recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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20-minute Skillet Parmesan + Garlic Cauliflower
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

20-minute Skillet Parmesan + Garlic Cauliflower

This Parmesan garlic cauliflower is ready in just 20 minutes. Serve with chicken, beef or eat as a light lunch. So delicious!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cloves minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter with the olive oil in a large 10 or 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the pan is hot add in the cauliflower, season with salt, toss and spread into an even layer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes undisturbed. Stir and repeat until the cauliflower is fork tender.
  3. Reduce the temperature to medium-low, add in the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Next, add in the pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Toss until the cheese has melted and serve with seasoned with black pepper, chopped parsley and more Parmesan if desired.