This delicious recipe will help you replace starchy potatoes with lower calorie cauliflower. One pancake made with cauliflower vs. potatoes will save you approximately 50-100 calories. There are 160 calories in a cup of cooked potatoes vs. 60 calories in a cup of cooked cauliflower!

Cauliflower and Parmesan pancakes with chives are perfect served with any source of protein such as a roasted chicken, a pork chop or a juicy steak. The addition of Parmesan gives the pancake a little “je ne sais quoi”. For a more chewy gooey feel, you can replace the Parmesan with cheese.

This recipe is very easy and quick to realize because you are not really cooking the cauliflower.  A few minutes in the pan will be enough to cook the cauliflower, yet keep it a little bit crunchy. The eggs are keeping the pancakes together.

This recipe will serve approximately 6 to 8 pancakes (size of a palm each).


  • 1 large cauliflower, cleaned
  • 2 to 3 eggs
  • ½ to 2/3 of a cup grated fresh Parmesan (optional). Can be replaced by another good quality cheese like Swiss cheese
  • 1 large onion or 2 medium ones, cut in quarters
  • A few chive sprigs to decorate the pancakes when serving
  • Coconut oil, olive oil or butter for the pan
  • Optional:  2 cloves of garlic, pureed
  • Optional: You can serve with Greek yoghurt or sour cream.




  • Grate the cleaned cauliflower, only the white parts, on a manual grater or in a food processor
  • Add the quartered onions in the food processor
  • End product should be the size of small nails, but bigger than a cauliflower rice
  • Mix the grated cauliflower/onions with the eggs, cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well
  • Mold a few pancakes with your hands, you should be able to make 6 to 8, the size of your palm
  • Fry in coconut oil, olive oil or butter for 3 to 4 minutes on medium heat, on both sides
  • Make sure you get a golden crust and be patient before turning the pancake over otherwise it may fall apart
  • Serve with chopped chives on top. You can add a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream.