Cauliflower Piccata is pan-seared cauliflower florets or steaks in a lemon caper butter sauce. This is a vegetarian version of the beloved and often meat-based piccata. Serve it on its own or over pasta or rice to soak up the delicious sauce.
Meet the vegetarian version of one of my favorite meals – Chicken Piccata. We make chicken piccata often, but that dish is really all about the sauce. It’s just as delicious with a vegetarian base as with chicken. You get the same great flavor in that same delicious lemon, butter, caper sauce and your veggies are already built in!
This meal looks all fancy when it’s done, but it’s actually a pretty easy one-pan meal. Here’s how to make it!
Step 1: Steam Cauliflower
I prefer to do this in the Instant Pot, but any method will work. Slice it into steaks or use the florets, or a combination of both. (You can also use frozen cauliflower florets for this recipe. Just defrost them first.)
Step 2: Set out ingredients
The most important step in making this recipe is to measure and set out all ingredients ahead of time. Once you start cooking, you won’t have time to measure out the ingredients needed for the next step, so take a minute to prep in advance. (This includes prepping charred lemons. Charred lemons give this dish maximum flavor. To get them started, toss thinly sliced lemons with garlic and sugar.)
Step 3: Dredge and Sear Cauliflower
Coat the cauliflower in flour and then sear in a pan with some oil. (This is basically a method for shallow frying the cauliflower. It will get golden brown on all sides and turn slightly crisp.) Set cauliflower aside.
Step 4: Char Lemons
Add the lemons, sugar, and garlic to the pan and cook for a couple minutes. This will draw out the lemon flavor. Set the lemons aside.
Step 5: Make Sauce
The sauce is the key to great cauliflower piccata! Add shallots and oregano to the pan. Cook until shallots are tender. Add a bit of flour and then white wine and vegetable broth. Simmer everything together until a thick, creamy sauce forms. (Note: Be sure to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan as you do this. Those will add lots of flavor!) Remove from heat and whisk in butter and capers.
Step 6: Combine and Finish
Now that the sauce is done, add the cauliflower, lemons, and garlic back to the pan and gently toss everything together. Top with parsley!
Other Vegetarian Recipes
- Crispy Skillet Home Fries
- Sesame Noodle Salad
- Greek Pizza with Feta, Spinach and Olives
- Black Bean and Quinoa Veggie Burgers
- Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
- Lodge Cast Iron Skillet – Any skillet will work, but I love my cast iron. It’s important to use the largest skillet or saute pan you have for this recipe.
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