Cauliflower “Shrimp” Cocktail Recipe

So, I really like cauliflower and it is one of the few veggies I actually find organic at my local Publix but the hubby detests it with a passion. The kids don’t mind it and to be honest, they HAVE to eat it because…well, I said so! But, that logic doesn’t work well on a 40 year old guy. So, when dear husband came across this recipe in a food magazine and said “Hey, hon, lets try this cauliflower recipe I almost passed out from shock!

Let me say that this is incredibly easy to make AND it is so very much like ‘real’ shrimp cocktail that if you closed your eyes you would swear you were actually eating shrimp! I don’t understand how that actually works but my husband inhaled this stuff and only stopped eating so he could give the kids their own serving. This one is going into the ‘make again and again’ section of my recipe box! We halved the recipe and it was plenty for the 4 of us.

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Cauliflower “shrimp” cocktail
Printable Recipe


1 cup dry crab boil seasoning
2 yellow onions — peeled and quartered
6 cloves garlic, peeled
3 lemons — halved crosswise
2 pounds cauliflower florettes
cocktail sauce

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1. Combine crab boil, salt, onions, garlic and 6 quarts water in large pot.


2. Squeeze juice from lemons into pot and add lemon halves.

3. Boil for 10 minutes.

4. Use a slotted spoon to remove onions, garlic, and lemons from broth.
5. While boiling, add cauliflower and turn off heat. Cover and let stand until califlower is slightly tender (5-10 minutes)

6. Drain and spread out on sheet to cool. (can be made a day ahead)

7. Chill and serve with cocktail sauce for dipping


1 thought on “Cauliflower “Shrimp” Cocktail Recipe”

  1. Wow! I would have never thought to do this with cauliflower. I actually love the stuff, but like yours, my hubbs isn’t such a fan. He does, however, love shrimp cocktail. Definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing it!


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