Steamed Whole Cauliflower with Paprika Brown Butter

Photo: Marcus Nilsson
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • ½ cup panko

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • cup grated Parmesan

  • 1 head cauliflower, preferably green (about 2 pounds), leaves removed

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika, preferably Hungarian


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast panko in a large skillet over medium-high heat until golden, tossing occasionally, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; let cool, then stir in salt and cheese.

  2. Place a steamer basket in a pot filled with water to just below basket. Bring to a boil, then place cauliflower in basket; cover and steam 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low; steam until cauliflower is fork-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl.

  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat until browned, about 9 minutes. Remove from heat; swirl in paprika. Pour half of brown butter over cauliflower; sprinkle with half of panko mixture. Cut cauliflower into chunks with a paring knife. Pour remaining brown butter over top; sprinkle with remaining panko mixture. Serve.

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