February 10, 2016

Mashed Cauliflower: How to Cook Cauliflower


When our family gathers together, we have so many different diets and eating preferences represented. Typically, I do not cater specifically to all the varying tastes, but when there’s a recipe liked Mashed Cauliflower that pleases both the low carb, high protein people, as well as giving the rest of us our five veggies a day goal, it’s the best of both worlds.

cooking cauliflower

Learning how to cook cauliflower is something I wanted my children to learn, and that goal has been accomplished.

I love a simple steamed cauliflower, which next to raw (with ranch dip, of course), provides the highest amount of nutrients. You may chop the florets large or small. The smaller the floret, the quicker they’ll quick, which will result in greater nutritional content.

In order to steam them,  pour one inch of water into saucepan, and then place the cauliflower in water, stem side down; cover. (If you have a steamer, place the steamer in the water, and put cauliflower on top.) Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low. Simmer around ten minutes until crisp-tender and drain. A fork should be able to pierce the florets. Add seasoned salt, cheese, or sauce, depending on the nutritional goal.

Considering that my sister in love and I split this huge box of discounted cauliflower, you can be assured that I played with many recipes for cauliflower.

how to cook cauliflower

Since Gourmet Mashed Potatoes are one of my favorite recipes, I was definitely going to attempt to recreate a no-carb substitute.

Trust me. Once you have tried this mashed cauliflower recipe, it will be a wonderful option to get those extra servings of vegetables in each day.


  1. I really need to get more veggies into myself and my kids so I will definitely be trying this recipe! I love raw cauliflower, but do not really like it cooked – but this sounds yummy!


  2. Oh I love cauliflower, but maybe this would help my family learn to love it too!


  3. I have a new love for cauliflower!! I haven’t eaten it in decades, but I recently started roasting it and we love it! I’m going to try your mashed recipe next :)


  4. Yum Jen. I am envious of your cauliflower stash. Did you end up freezing any? I can only imagine you guys used four heads, we split one and there are only two of us.


    Jens Reply:

    @Teresa@Where In the World?, I did freeze a little bit, but I was shocked at how long it lasted in our fridge. I had it fairly air tight and it lasted for a few weeks. I would have never thought that it would have, but it did. :) I did give one head to the chickens at the end….lol


    Teresa@Where In the World? Reply:

    @Jens, It wouldn’t be right if the chickens didn’t also win some of the bounty. That’s what I call being thrifty!


  5. I like cauliflower mashed potatoes, but I love cauliflower soup! This is the recipe I use (minus the bacon and whipped cream):



  6. I need to try this. I have just recently convinced my kids to try roasted cauliflower. It takes on almost a hash brown flavor when it gets crispy in the oven.


  7. This looks SO yummy! Even at 7am!


  8. OMG! If you still have some left, and you haven’t tried it roasted, you have to try this recipe- it is my absolute FAVORITE way to eat cauliflower… so DELICIOUS! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Roasted-Garlic-Cauliflower/Detail.aspx

    Hope you like it!


  9. We love mashed cauliflower. Well, by we I mean me and my husband. My son likes his cauliflower just plain and raw. :) I wish I had someone to split a bit ole case with me! I’d be in cauliflower heave.

    Have a great day!


  10. AllieZirkle says:

    Real quick, I found a typo. the quick they’ll quick?

    The smaller the floret, the quick they’ll quick, which will result in greater nutritional content.

    :) Allie


    Jens Reply:

    Thanks. I need about ten editors, and right now I think there are ZERO on my payroll….haha 😉


  11. Melissa says:

    This was great… so easy and you can improvise any ingredients you want.. Thanks for sharing!


  12. Love mashed cauliflower! Such a great side!



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