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Frozen cauliflower cooked in a skillet until brown.

Frozen Cauliflower (Stovetop Recipe)

Frozen cauliflower doesn't need to be bland. If you've got about 15 minutes, you can make great-tasting frozen cauliflower.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 40 kcal


  • 12 ounces frozen cauliflower
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes, optional optional
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Thaw cauliflower until warm but not hot. Drain and set aside.

    How to Thaw in the Microwave: Place cauliflower in a microwave-safe container. Add water. Cover. Microwave until cauliflower is until thawed but not hot, about two minutes.

    How to Thaw on the Stovetop: Heat ½-inch of water in a medium pan. Add the cauliflower. Heat until thawed, about three minutes.

    Frozen cauliflower in a dish.
  2. Heat olive oil in a cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until oil shimmers but does not smoke. Add the garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until lightly brown. Add the red pepper flakes and cook for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the thawed and drained cauliflower to the skillet. Stir the cauliflower together with the garlic. Cook without stirring until light brown spots appear on the cauliflower, about two minutes. Sprinkle with onion powder. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    Frozen cauliflower cooked in a skillet until brown.
  4. Serve warm. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.