pan roasted cauliflower with pea shoots

by Heguiberto on September 16, 2011

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My cauliflower didn’t get to sear as much as I wanted for this dish because I was pressured for time. So you can’t see much of the blistering I was aiming for in the florets compared to this other delicious cauliflower recipe. Regardless the flavor was excellent: sweet, smoky with a slight crunch to it.

pan roasted cauliflower with pea shoots

pan roasted cauliflower with pea shoots

Roasting cauliflower either in the oven or on the stovetop brings out a whole new dimension of flavors to this humble cruciferous vegetable. I urge you to give it a try sometime. I complemented the natural flavors with lemon, lime, cayenne pepper and the pea shoots. Serve it a side dish.

pan roasted cauliflower with pea shoots

1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite size pieces
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp smoked paprika
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp olive oil
Kosher salt
Black pepper
2 cups pea shoots
4 cloves garlic cut into slivers

Toss cauliflower with salt, black pepper and 2 tbsp. olive oil. Place in on a non-stick pan and pan roast it for about 15-20 minutes or until soft but with a crunch. Towards the last five minutes, add garlic, remaining olive oil, then cook for a minute or so until raw garlic smell is gone. Add pea shots, cover pan and let them wilt. Remove from heat, squeeze in lemon and lime juices. Toss in cayenne. Taste, adjust flavors. Sprinkle with paprika and serve warm or at room temperature.

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rita tower September 16, 2011 at 10:54 am

Hi, I would love to make that. It seems relatively easy to prepare also. I like how you cook out the raw garlic portion. Pea shoots look cool too where do you get those?

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors September 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm

There are few things I adore more than roasted cauliflower but your addition of pea shoots pushes it over the top! Wonderful recipe for a weeknigt meal or a side with roasted meat.

love it!

chow 🙂 Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
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Erica September 16, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Simple and delicious dish!I love the addition of lime and lemon……Great flavors!
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tigerfish September 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Oh yes, I do agree! Cauliflower when roasted/pan-seared just taste so different, in a delicious way, of course.:)

OysterCulture September 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Ha! I picked up some pea shoots from the market and was wondering what to do with them. Mystery solved!
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