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Cauliflower's mild flavor and year-round availability makes it a smart choice for a fresh vegetable side dish at any meal. Cooking cauliflower is simple and enables chefs to experiment with a variety of preparation methods and flavor combinations. The quick preparation of pan-fried cauliflower is a welcome relief to a harried dinner party host, while its delicious flavor will impress the guests. Parents of picky eaters who add favorite flavors to pan-fried cauliflower will discover an inexpensive dish children will gladly eat.

Pour a small amount of olive oil in a skillet to coat the bottom. Add 1 tsp. of salt and place on a stove top set on medium heat.

Wash a head of cauliflower and cut off the florets. Discard the trunk.

Place florets in the hot skillet and leave for one minute. While waiting, add your preferred combination of spices and seasonings.

Turn frequently with a large spatula for about five minutes and stir in 1 tsp. of lemon juice. When the cauliflower is lightly browned, remove from heat and serve.


Experiment with seasoning combinations such as garlic and Parmesan cheese or nutmeg and butter flakes. Cauliflower mixes well with a wide variety of flavors, so the possibilities are nearly endless. Try serving variations by adding cauliflower as a topping to a bowl of chili or an egg salad sandwich.

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Adelaide Tresor has been a technical writer and book editor since 2006. Her work has been published by Thomson Reuters and Greenhaven Press, including several "At Issue" titles. Tresor holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and is also a certified teacher with experience in English, mathematics, chemistry, and environmental science. She currently teaches AP Physics.