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Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower is an easy-to-make side dish paired with any meal as a tasty low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. But don’t see it as just a substitute – it’s delicious! Like mashed potatoes, serve the tasty cauliflower side with Sunday pot roaststew, and roasted chicken.

Mashed cauliflower in a bowl.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Cauliflower: Break down a head of cauliflower into smaller florets or purchase a bag of pre-cut cauliflower.
  • Heavy Cream: Heavy cream is necessary for extra creamy mashed cauliflower.
  • Butter: Like mashed potatoes, cauliflower mash is best served with butter.
  • Parmesan Cheese: I prefer using freshly shredded parmesan cheese.

How to Make Mashed Cauliflower

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Boil or steam the cauliflower in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the florets soften.

Begin by breaking down a cauliflower head and boil the smaller pieces until they are tender.

Step 2: Add the cooked cauliflower to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Then, add cream, butter, and parmesan cheese, and mix well.

Place the tender cauliflower into the food processor to finish the mashed cauliflower recipe.

Step 3: Taste and season with salt and pepper, and enjoy!

Season the cauliflower with salt and pepper.

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Mashed cauliflower in a serving bowl with a tab of butter.

Serving Suggestions

What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
  • Freeze: Let the dish to cool, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container or bag. Mashed cauliflower freezes for 3-4 months. However, the texture may change some because of the dairy.
  • Thaw: When you’re ready to eat it, defrost the side dish in the fridge overnight.
  • Reheat: Warm leftovers on the stovetop or in the microwave!
  • Repurpose: Make cauliflower pancakes or risotto using leftover cauliflower mash.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make mashed cauliflower in the Instant Pot?

1. In an Instant Pot, steam cauliflower on manual high pressure for 2 minutes with a quick release.
2. Add cooked cauliflower to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Then, add cream, butter, and parmesan cheese, and mix well.
3. Taste with salt and pepper, and enjoy!

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Mashed cauliflower in a serving bowl with a tab of butter.

Mashed Cauliflower

Tressa Jamil
Savory mashed cauliflower is easy to make and a perfect low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes alongside any meal.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 189 kcal
Ingredients
  
  • 1 medium cauliflower head, cut into smaller florets
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • ½- 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, coarse ground, to taste
Instructions
 
  • Boil or steam the cauliflower in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the florets soften.
  • Add the cooked cauliflower to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Then, add cream, butter, and parmesan cheese, and mix well.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper, and enjoy!
Notes
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Cup | Calories: 189 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Protein: 11 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 9 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 38 mg | Sodium: 462 mg | Potassium: 320 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 458 IU | Vitamin C: 46 mg | Calcium: 325 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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5 from 4 votes (2 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating




Liam M

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

Mashed cauliflower, you've won my heart! It's not just a low-carb alternative. It's delicious and perfect with our Sunday meal.

Tressa Jamil

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

I feel the same way about mashed cauliflower. I am happy you enjoyed it.

Karen

Monday 13th of February 2023

I made this mashed cauliflower dish last night and it was amazing! I was a bit skeptical at first, but it turned out better than I expected. It was a perfect side to my roasted chicken and I loved that it was a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. Highly recommend giving it a try!