Seared Cauliflower with Hazelnuts and Pomegranate
Prep time: 6 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 16 mins
Nutty and slightly sweet tasting cauliflower that has been caramelized to perfection studded with toasted hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds. A simply yet elegant side dish that just happens to be Paleo and is easy to prepare.
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 2 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons lard or ghee (any cooking fat works for this but these are my favorite to use, feel free to use any cooking fat you like)
  • ⅓ cup hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • optional additions: shaved parmesan or crumbled goat cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Slice the head of cauliflower in half, remove the core, and cut it into florets. Cut each floret into pieces about the size of a large grape. Place the hazelnuts in a small dry pan and turn the heat to medium. Toast them in the pan for 3-4 minutes shaking the pan often to prevent burning; until they begin to brown slightly. Pour them onto a plate to cool then transfer them to a cutting board and roughly chop them.
  2. In a pan large enough to hold the cauliflower florets in a single layer heat the lard or ghee over medium high heat until very hot. Add the cauliflower florets, season with salt and pepper and toss once to coat with the cooking fat. Let the florets sit in a single layer for 3 minutes and then shake and let sit for another 2-3 minutes, shaking only if the pan begins to smoke. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook for 3-4 more minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Grate the garlic cloves over the cauliflower, season once more and lightly with salt and pepper and stir to incorporate well and allow to cook for another minute or less. Zest the whole lemon over the cauliflower and add the juice from half of the zested lemon to the cauliflower. Turn off the heat and add the chopped parsley and stir.
  4. Serve cauliflower with chopped toasted hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds, and (if using) shaved parmesan or goat cheese on top.
If you love roasted veggies of any kind then you will love this, not to mention it's much faster than roasted veggies. If you want to cut your time in half you can simply try searing your cauliflower by using already roasted hazelnuts or without the adornments first and see what you think, I'm confident you'll want to come back to try the full recipe. I'm only saying this because I truly want you to be able to enjoy the experience of seared cauliflower and don't want you to be daunted by adding other steps. Although the adornments do make it quite an experience.
Recipe by Slim Palate at