Cauliflower Hash Browns (Low Carb, Keto Friendly) – WellPlated.com


Here to fulfill your breakfast fantasies, Cauliflower Hash Browns!

A plate of cauliflower hash browns

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This low-carb version of a classic breakfast fave is crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and perfect for pairing with your favorite brunch recipes.

Cauliflower hash browns give you that lazy weekend, diner breakfast satisfaction, in a more nutritious package.

You can even serve them as a kid-friendly side with dinner.

Dip ‘em with ketchup (or my personal favorite, hot sauce) and even the veggies skeptics won’t be able to resist!

While some healthy options taste like a shadow of the real-deal, as with my Sweet Potato Hash Browns, this good-for-you cauliflower twist is tasty enough to be true to the original.

Cauliflower hash browns on a plate

The recipe takes a few steps, but they are easy, and if you purchase pre-riced cauliflower (either fresh or frozen) it’s even faster.

Cauliflower hash browns also reheat like a dream, so you can prep a big batch at the beginning of the week, then enjoy them on demand.

How to Make This Recipe

Using cauliflower in recipes that traditionally call for potatoes is one of my go-to healthy swaps (this Cauliflower Casserole is another favorite).

If you’ve been looking for a way to enjoy hash browns that are good for you (or if you need hash browns you can eat on the keto diet, which is becoming more and more popular), this recipe is an ideal option.

While some brands sell pre-made frozen cauliflower hash browns, there’s no reason to look for where to buy them. This fresh recipe takes just a few simple ingredients and beats anything you’ll find in a freezer!


The Ingredients

  • Cauliflower. In addition to oodles of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and choline, this ultra nutritious veggie acts as a fabulous blank canvas. Its mild flavor makes it incredibly versatile and perfect for this low-carb take on hash browns.

Ingredient Tip

Whether you choose to make fresh cauliflower hash browns or use frozen riced cauliflower, you’ll need to start by steaming the cauliflower rice. I have directions to make the cauliflower rice yourself too in this post! It’s a snap in a food processor. Or, keep it quick and easy and purchase fresh or frozen cauliflower rice.

  • Egg. Helps hold our hash browns together.
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese. For an unmistakably cheesy flavor, sharp cheddar cheese is the best. It pairs wonderfully with the cauliflower and gives these hash browns spectacular flavor.
  • Parmesan. It’s the salty, cheesy, umami factor that makes these good for you hash browns actually reminiscent of the real deal!
  • Spices. A little salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika give the hash browns delicious depth and a tiny hint of spice. If you prefer a more spicy hash brown, add additional cayenne or top them with hot sauce.

Tip!

The key to crispy hash browns is to make sure you squeeze as much moisture as possible from the vegetables. I use a clean kitchen towel. The broiler will finish the job to make the exteriors gloriously golden.

The Directions

Finely chopped vegetables in a bowl
  1. Microwave the cauliflower rice. Cool the rice on a towel.
Water being squeezed from riced cauliflower
  1. Use the towel to squeeze moisture from the rice.
Cheese, eggs, and spices in a bowl
  1. Beat the egg in a mixing bowl. Add the cheeses and spices.
A mixing bowl with ingredients for cauliflower hash browns
  1. Stir in the cauliflower.
Vegetable patties on a baking sheet
  1. Create hash brown patties and lay them on a baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Broil on LOW for 5 minutes. Don’t let them burn. ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate hash browns in an airtight storage container for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat. Rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F.
  • To Freeze. Bake the hash browns as directed. Let cool, then lay hash browns in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen hash browns to an airtight freezer-safe storage container, and freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat from frozen.
Easy cauliflower hash browns with ketchup

Leftover Ideas

Use your leftover hash browns in this Whole30 Breakfast Casserole recipe, or serve them with sausage and an egg on top for a hearty, all-in-one breakfast. They also make a delicious, easy, and kid-friendly side dish for lunches and dinners.

What to Serve with Cauliflower Hash Browns



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