Cauliflower Latkes (Pancakes) Recipe

Cauliflower Latkes, topped with chutney and scallions
Cauliflower Latkes, topped with chutney and scallions. © Miri Rotkovitz
Ratings (9)
  • Total: 55 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 15 to 20 latkes (serves 3-5)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
538 Calories
49g Fat
18g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 15 to 20 latkes (serves 3-5)
Amount per serving
Calories 538
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 181mg 60%
Sodium 585mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 11g
Calcium 69mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

For a change from traditional Potato Pancakes, try these Cauliflower Latkes for Hanukkah, Passover, or as a side dish for winter meals. We also like to add steamed and mashed broccoli to the pancake batter. If you use a whole head of cauliflower and broccoli, just remember to double the rest of the ingredients. 

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • The original recipe called for 3 eggs; if this makes the batter too eggy and loose, reduce the number. If you have a very large head of cauliflower, you may find another egg useful for binding the batter, but will probably need to add additional flour as well. 
  • Instead of topping these delicate latkes with applesauce and sour cream, take a cue from Indian cuisine and pair them with your favorite store-bought or homemade chutney and sliced scallions or mint. If you're serving a dairy meal, add a dollop of cucumber raita.
  • Want to spice up your latkes? Try accenting the batter with a little curry powder, garam masala, za'atar, or Old Bay. 
  • If you're feeling intimidated by frying, don't fret. These latke making tips will have you turning out pancakes like a pro. And if you don't feel like standing over a skillet, never fear -- included below are instructions for no-fuss oven frying. 


  • 1 large head cauliflower (fresh, washed, and cut into florets)
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour or matzah meal (plus extra if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper (or black pepper)
  • 2 quarts sunflower or canola oil (or enough for frying)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large stockpot, bring a few inches of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets, reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the florets are soft enough to be mash easily with a fork.

  2. Drain the cauliflower in a colander. Mash lightly with a fork, leaving some texture rather than creating a puree. Set aside the cauliflower to cool a bit.

  3. Place cauliflower in a mixing bowl. Stir in the beaten eggs. Sprinkle with the flour or matzah meal, and mix well to create a pancake-like batter. (If needed, add more flour or matzah meal 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing after each addition). Season with the salt and pepper.

  4. To Pan Fry: Line a plate with paper towels. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, warm a few tablespoons of oil. When the oil is hot, drop the batter by tablespoonfuls into the pan, taking care not to crowd the pan. Flatten the pancakes a bit so they are not too thick to cook well in the middle. Fry approximately 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until the latkes are browned on both sides and firm in the middle. Remove from frying pan onto the paper towel-lined plate to drain off excess oil and cool.

  5. Add more oil to the pan, heat, and continue frying the remaining latkes in batches, until the rest of the batter is used. Serve hot. 

  6. Or, To Oven Fry: Preheat the oven to 425° F. Line 2 large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, and drizzle with a little oil. Drop the batter by the tablespoon onto the prepared sheets, and flatten slightly with the back of the spoon. Drizzle the pancakes with more oil. 

  7. Cook in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Carefully turn with a spatula and cook for 10 to 12 minutes more, or until the latkes are cooked through and golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately.