Turmeric Cauliflower Egg Skillet

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Turmeric Cauliflower Egg Skillet | @naturallyella

I love whipping up lunches that have no recipe and sharing them on Instagram. Sometimes, I use it as a metric for what I should post on this site. If I post a meal to Instagram and it's not popular, it most likely won't ever see the blog. (Unless I love it, of course. Then I still might share it.) However, if I get a bunch of "Where's the recipe?!?" in the comments, I know it's time to remake the recipe and nail down the ingredients.

This cauliflower egg skillet is the first to make the transition from Instagram to the blog. I made this recipe to play with turmeric. I thought it was good but honestly didn't think anyone else would agree. Turns out I was wrong.


Turmeric Cauliflower Egg Skillet

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: Serves 1


  • 4 teaspoons coconut oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • Lime juice, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Apple Chutney, for serving


  1. Over medium low heat, melt 2 teaspoon coconut oil in an 8 to 10 inch skillet. Add in the onions, followed by the cauliflower. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions and cauliflower are slightly brown and tender, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Squeeze in the lime juice and scrape up any stuck pieces. Add in the turmeric, ginger, and cayenne (if desired). Cook for 1 minute more, just to warm the ginger. Melt in the final 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in the skillet then create a well in the center.
  3. Crack the eggs in the center, reduce the heat to low and cover the skillet with a lid. Cook until the egg whites are set and the egg yolks are at your desired firmness, 8 or so minutes for over-easy eggs, longer for more firm yolks.
  4. Serve with extra lime juice, minced cilantro, and apple chutney (if desired).


Tips & Tricks: The cauliflower stays fairly crisp (which is what I prefer). If you want your cauliflower more tender, you can parboil or steam it first.

I'm a little heavy handed with the coconut oil in this recipe, you can reduce it but know the eggs and cauliflower may stick. As such, I recommend using a well seasoned steel pan.

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: turmeric, coconut oil

Plan ahead: find this recipe in the Naturally Ella Real Plans upgrade.

Cauliflower Egg Skillet


The flavors in this skillet are fairly straightforward. I rely heavily on ginger as the turmeric doesn't have a strong presence. As for the apple chutney, feel free to use a homemade or store bought version. The end result is slightly spicy, slightly sweet skillet (thanks to the chutney) and one hearty meal. Great for breakfast or lunch.

Add vegetables: Add in other vegetables that would cook well in a short amount of time such as parsnips, carrots, or even small cubes of sweet potato (I personally think sweet potato would be amazing in this dish).

Vegan: Instead of doing the skillet all the way out, make the cauliflower and then mix it with your favorite grain. This cauliflower would be excellent mixed in with quinoa for a grain salad (but I'd still recommend the chutney)!

Chile Paste: I used cayenne but the third time around, I mixed in some chile paste for an even spicier kick. It's good, but I prefer the ginger/turmeric to be the stars and not be overpowered by heat.

Turmeric Cauliflower Egg Skillet with Apple Chutney | @naturallyella

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14 comments on “Turmeric Cauliflower Egg Skillet”

  1. this looks lovely and I can relate; I use instagram as a way to test out pictures and recipes too. The response is instant so really helps if I need to make a relatively quick decision of what to post. Nice to hear I'm not the only one πŸ™‚

  2. Wow, this looks amazing! I recently bought a piece of fresh turmeric that I grated onto my cauliflower which was fun! I still have some left that I can use for this recipe πŸ™‚

  3. YUM! Love any turmeric + egg + veggie combo. Such a lovely spice made up of feel-good/wellness properties. Will definitely be trying this with the chutney addition, so fun.

  4. This looks like one of those holy trinity dishes - good tasting, filling, and low calorie (or at least not super high calorie). Getting two out of three is pretty easy, but getting all three is quite a task it seems. I'll have to try this one myself πŸ™‚


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