Braised Cauliflower with Anchovies and Capers / Lucy Beni / Katie Workman /
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Braised Cauliflower with Anchovies and Capers

Any time capers mingle with anchovies and garlic, I’m happy. This cauliflower dish if both soothing and self-possessed at the same time.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 76kcal
Author: Katie Workman


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained
  • Coarse or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 anchovies rinsed and minced
  • Splash dry white wine
  • 1 cup less-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley or 1 cup baby arugula leaves, roughly chopped (optional)


  • Cut the cauliflower into small florets.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy stockpot over medium high heat. Add the cauliflower and cook, stirring occasionally (not too often!) until it starts to lightly brown in some spots, about 5 minutes. Shove the cauliflower to one side and add the garlic, capers, and anchovies so that they hit the bottom of the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Stir into the olive oil until the garlic turns golden and you can smell everything. Stir the mixture into the cauliflower, and season with salt and pepper, so that the anchovy mixture coats the vegetables.
  • Pour in the wine and give everything a stir. Add the broth and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan, and reduce the heat so the liquid remains at a simmer. Cook until the cauliflower is just tender but not mushy, from 8 to 10 minutes. If there is more than ½ cup liquid left, remove the cauliflower with a slotted spoon and simmer the remaining liquid until there is less than ½ cup, then pour it over the cauliflower. Stir in or sprinkle over the parsley or arugula (if using), Serve hot or warm.


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 926IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg