Cauliflower Pancakes – Mock Potato Pancakes

Low Carb Cauliflower Latkes.

Edit January 2012:  I originally stumbled upon this recipe just before the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah 2010.  It was interesting and worthy of a post.  What I have found is that it transcends the holiday and is one of the most popular recipes on this blog.  Surprise.  Who knew?

Nechama Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of the Jewish Diabetes Association (JDA) and author of “EnLITEned Kosher Cooking,” shares this low-carb recipe for Cauliflower Latkes (Pancakes).

I have modified her recipe to eliminate the “low-fat” aspect.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small onion, peeled
  • 1 (2-pound) package of frozen cauliflower thawed and drained very well or 1 fresh head, steamed and drained very well
  • 2 tablespoons soy or whole-wheat flour – this can be made with a hard cheese instead of the flour.  Flax meal – works but they will not hold together as well. 
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil for frying – can be a 50-50 mixture of olive oil and butter – canola oil will allow for frying at a higher temperature.  Don’t skimp on the oil.


  • Process eggs and onion using a food processor and knife blade, until chopped well.
  • Add cauliflower, soy or regular flour and seasonings. Mix until finely chopped; do not over process or it will just turn to a liquid mess.
  • Add oil or oil-butter mixture to pan and heat to a medium heat – high enough to crisp up the pancakes.
  • Wait until the oil is hot and drop batter by tablespoonfuls into pan. Fry 4-5 minutes until firm and browned on both sides.

YIELD: 16 servings

TIP:  Be patient with these pancakes and fry them until they are firm and cooked through or they will fall apart when flipped.

SERVE with Sour Cream


  • Serving size 1 pancake 2 oz, 60 grams
  • Carbs 2.5 grams

VARIATION: Substitute and/or combine with spinach, broccoli etc. 

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margie
    Aug 29, 2015 @ 20:52:54

    I used coconut flour instead of flax meal. The pancake held together well.


    • TNT Man
      Aug 29, 2015 @ 22:36:26

      Thanks for the heads up – I’ll try that the next time.


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