by: Yuri Elkaim

Paleo Cauliflower Hash Browns

If you’re a low-carb or paleo eater, cauliflower is probably one of your diet staples.

There’s a good reason for that. This versatile veggie can be used for so many recipe swaps:

Until last month, I thought I’d figured out most of the best ways to use cauliflower as a lower-calorie, low-carb option that’s friendly to nearly every whole-food diet.

But then I stumbled upon the idea of using cauliflower to make hash browns.

Savory Cauliflower Hash Browns

6-Ingredient Paleo Cauliflower Hash Browns

Prepping cauliflower for hash browns is a little different than prepping it for cauliflower rice.

See, when you’re making riced cauliflower, you either finely chop or use a food processor to prepare the florets for cooking.

But with this hash brown method, you actually pull out your cheese grater and grate both the florets and stem.

Warning: the process can be a bit crumbly – which is why it pays to be prepared.

Here’s a tip to keep your kitchen free of mess:

Line a deep-sided 9- by 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, and then grate into the pan. Or, you can grate into a bowl placed in your kitchen sink.

Either option will keep your floors free of snowy white cauliflower crumbs.

Fry It Up in a Pan

Once the cauliflower is grated, it can be fried in a pan, just as you would with traditional hash.

But to turn that cauliflower into serving-sized hash browns, we’ve found it simplest to add 2 eggs to the mix, which is also a great way to add extra protein.

This turns them into hash brown “fritters.” But before we get to the cooking, I like tossing in diced green onions for extra flavor.

To brown the hash browns, simply heat a small amount of oil in a nonstick ceramic pan, spoon in about a quarter-cup of the cauliflower mixture, and cook until golden brown. I’ve found a metal spatula works best for flipping sides.

You can serve the cauliflower hash browns with your favorite breakfast foods.

Or, you can enjoy them as a quick and simple, high-protein breakfast. The hash browns are great right out of the pan.

To add more creamy goodness, you can top them with a bit of coconut cream or plain coconut milk yogurt.

6-Ingredient Cauliflower Hash Browns

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6-Ingredient Cauliflower Hashbrowns
No potatoes needed for these easy pan-fried cauliflower hashbrown fritters! A low-carb way to enjoy your favorite breakfast side.
Paleo Cauliflower Hash Browns
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
hash browns
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
hash browns
Paleo Cauliflower Hash Browns
  1. Grate cauliflower with a cheese grater.
  2. Transfer to a bowl, stir together with eggs, green onions, salt and pepper.
  3. In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add about 1/4 cup of cauliflower mixture, use a fork to press to about 1/2-inch thick. Cook on both sides until brown, flipping with a metal spatula to cook other side.
  5. Transfer to serving plates. Top with coconut cream, if desired.

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Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim

Yuri Elkaim is one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts. A former pro soccer player turned NYT bestselling author of The All-Day Energy Diet and The All-Day Fat Burning Diet, his clear, science-backed advice has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 men and women and he’s on a mission to help 100 million people by 2040. Read his inspiring story, “From Soccer to Bed to No Hair on My Head” that started it all.