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Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms (Video)

Low-Carb Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms cooks in minutes, and this is a seriously delicious way to cook cauliflower! Use Cauliflower Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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Some people think of cauliflower as strictly a winter food, but cauliflower is such a great low-carb ingredient and I’m such a fan that I love to use it any time of year. Of course when it’s hot outside you aren’t going to want dishes like Roasted Spicy Cauliflower or Cauliflower Gratin that need the oven. But this Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms cooks quickly on top of the stove, and this cauliflower side dish is loaded with amazing flavor. I think this fried cauliflower is perfect as a season-spanning side dish.

When I first made this recipe (in 2006, yikes) I was following the low-fat aspect of the South Beach Diet pretty strictly, and I used pre-cooked bacon (and blotted all the bacon fat out of the pan.) This time I started with raw bacon that I cut in strips to fry, and I used a little bit of the bacon fat with butter when I cooked the cauliflower and mushrooms. That touch of bacon fat added great flavor to the cauliflower, but you can definitely wipe the pan out after you cook the bacon and even cook the veggies in olive oil or coconut oil and skip the bacon fat and butter completely if you prefer.

I was making this recipe to shoot new photos on a day when the weather got really dark and gloomy outside, so a few of the process photos are a bit blurry. But trust me when I say that these new photos are a huge improvement over the ones from 2006, and hopefully they will entice you to try this tasty combination with cauliflower, bacon, and mushrooms.

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Prep every thing before you start cooking: Slice bacon into thin strips, cut cauliflower into same-size florets, wash and dry mushrooms and cut in half and then into thick slices, and chop some parsley. Cook the bacon in the largest frying pan you have until it’s very crisp. Then remove bacon and drain it on a paper towel, keeping about 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat in the pan.

Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms found on KalynsKitchen.com

Heat the frying pan again over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon butter to the bacon fat, and let the butter melt. When it’s melted turn the heat to high, add the cauliflower and the mushrooms, and cook about 5-7 minutes, stirring often, or until the vegetables are starting to brown and the cauliflower is cooked through. Add the chopped parsley and the crisp pieces of bacon and cook 2-3 minutes more.

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Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve hot. Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated, but this is definitely best when it’s freshly made.

More Tasty Recipes with Cauliflower:

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cauliflower “Fried Rice” with Chicken ~ Fifteen Spatulas
The BEST Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onions ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Creamy Cauliflower Sauce ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen
Instant Pot (or Stovetop) Loaded Cauliflower Mash ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Old Bay Cauliflower Salad ~ Noble Pig

Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms (Video)

Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms takes just a few minutes to cook, and is a great way to cook cauliflower.


  • 4 – 6 slices bacon
  • 1 T bacon fat, saved after bacon is cooked
  • 1 T butter
  • (If you prefer not to use bacon fat and/or butter, you can replace either with an equal amount of olive oil or coconut oil.)
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, cut in half, then into thick slices
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare all the ingredients before you start to cook, because this cooks pretty quickly.
  2. Cut the bacon slices into crosswise strips.
  3. Cut cauliflower apart into smallish same-size florets.
  4. Wash mushrooms if needed and spin dry or dry with paper towels, then cut mushrooms into half and slice each half into thick slices. (You want mushroom slices that are all relatively the same size.)
  5. Chop the parsley.
  6. Cook the bacon over medium-high heat in a very large frying pan until it’s very crisp. (Use the biggest frying pan you have; I used my 12 inch Green Pan.)
  7. Then remove bacon to drain on a paper towels and remove all but about 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease. (Or if you prefer to use olive oil or coconut oil, remove all the bacon grease.)
  8.  Add the butter (or oil of your choice) to the pan and heat for 1 minute.
  9. Then add the chopped cauliflower and sliced mushrooms and cook over very high heat, stirring constantly, for about 5-7 minutes or until all mushroom liquid has evaporated, cauliflower is starting to brown a bit and the cauliflower is getting tender.
  10.  Add crisp pieces of bacon and parsley and cook 2-3 minutes more.
  11. Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper and serve hot.


This recipe adapted from Vegetable Love.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This is a good side dish for any low-glycemic or low-carb diet. Bacon and butter both are not recommended for the South Beach Diet but personally I’d eat this as a personal choice for South Beach, or make it with turkey bacon and olive oil if you prefer and it will still be delicious.

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    28 Comments on “Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms (Video)”

  1. Can frozen cauliflower be used in place of fresh? I have frozen cauliflower on hand now…

    • I haven’t ever made a recipe like this with frozen cauliflower and honestly I don’t think it will be as good. But if you thaw the cauliflower well, cook at high heat, and shorten the cooking time it might work. That is only a guess though. Would love to hear how it works if you do try it.

  2. This recipe was delicious. I modified a little because I wanted to use my cauliflower right away and I didn’t have any mushrooms. I just added 1/2 bag of medium sized cooked frozen (thawed) shrimp at the end. I also covered the pan and stirred often to soften the cauliflower.  After about 3 minutes with the shrimp, I sprinkled some shredded cheddar cheese on top til melted. Yum

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  4. Its really looking nice. It is a very simple and very healthy recipe. Thanks for your sharing.

  5. Hi Kalyn, this would be a great addition to the mushroom theme over at Food on Friday (which is on right now). Each month there are 3 different themes plus a Potluck – so you should always be able to share something. If you would like to join in the fun on a regular basis please schedule a reminder for the second Friday of each month (NZ time). Cheers from Carole's Chatter

    • Thanks for the kind invitation Carole. Unfortunately there are so many good blogs now that I've kind of given up on keeping up with blog events like that! Just too much to do all the time, story of my life!

  6. Wondering how Brussels sprouts would do in place of the mushrooms … cauliflower and bacon sound great and really want to try this …

  7. This looks delightful. I adore cauliflower, though I eat it primarily in the cold months (it has that bone-warming quality I like then). Fortunately, here in Maine … May is a cold month so I'm in luck — Can't wait to try this!

  8. Glad you brought this one back around. I bet I can make it tasty without the bacon too. 😉

  9. Cauliflower isn't my favorite food, but pair it with bacon…. well, that is hard to resist!

  10. Kalyn – I made the cauliflower dish again the other day and decided that since I have my own blog now, I’d post it. Gave you all the credit, though. Thanks much for the great recipe. http://tastingspoons.blogspot.com

  11. Carolyn, thanks so much for letting me know you like it. I need to make it again myself!

  12. Ever since you posted this recipe, I’ve been making it regularly (probably about 5 times). The quantities seem to be very adaptable, and I can hardly keep my fingers out of the pan, nibbling as it cooks. It’s just delicious. Thanks for sharing this one.

  13. Lisa, that sounds good to me. More bacon is always good. (Don’t tell the South Beach Diet police.)

  14. Cauliflower fan…NOT! So I used 1/4 of it and doubled the bacon and used some broccoli….it twasn’t bad at all! I guess you’d have to change the name!

  15. Watch for purple cauliflower next time.You will find it more interesting.I had tried purple ones.

  16. Kayln…this looks incredible! Some of my favorite things all in one dish. I’ll be making this very soon. Thank you for posting!

  17. This looks fantastic. I adore cauliflower, so I’ll have to try these variations.

  18. What a great way to enjoy cauliflower. Love the recipe.

  19. That looks great Kalyn, I’m going to have to re-think never pickin up a big bunch of cauli at the grocery store:)

  20. This looks fantastic. I’m thinking I could substitute the bacon for smoked ham and still feel great about eating it. Thanks for the recipe!