There's no better time than the present to work a few more cauliflower recipes into your cooking repertoire.
Cauliflower is a trendy (yet sneaky) vegetable that mimics the taste and texture of potatoes, pasta and more when roasted, mashed, sautéed and pureed. But it's not as heavy in the carb and calorie department as cauliflower's white, starchy counterparts.
Living that keto life? You can still enjoy many of these cauliflower recipes because they're low in carbs! And some are vegan recipes to boot. There are also lots of cauliflower crust options for pizza and pork, plus cauliflower fritters, meatballs and egg cup ideas.
These 51 best cauliflower recipes range from main dishes and dinners to appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and more. There are the usual suspects—roasted cauliflower, cauliflower rice, cauliflower soup and baked cauliflower—but there are also genius meals where you won't even notice the cruciferous veg is present. Cauliflower mac and cheese anyone? Or how about Cauliflower Carbonara, Buffalo Cauliflower Bites or Shellfish Paella with Cauliflower Rice?
Best Cauliflower Recipes
Roasting broccoli and cauliflower brings out their nutty sweetness. In this recipe from PARADE chef Jon Ashton, the two veggies get sprinkled with basil and cheese once out of the oven, for extra yumminess.
A warming, creamy soup that's perfect for winter. Top with crunchy croutons, a sprinkle of chives and a drizzle of olive oil and you're ready to dig in!
A cauliflower soup classic. Sprinkle with crystallized ginger or sliced scallions.
There's nothing like Chinese fried rice from your favorite restaurant, but if you're trying to eat healthier, enter cauliflower fried rice. The best part is that you can eat as much as you want AND add bacon without feeling a twinge of guilt!
As the nights turn chilly, we crave satisfying dishes like this one. Penne with Cauliflower and Breadcrumbs is a winter home run in the pasta department.
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It’s always nice when you come up with a recipe that not only tastes great and the family loves, but is also so easy to prepare and works as a perfect weeknight meal idea. This is the best shortcut way to make a saucy glaze for your shrimp or chicken recipes.
Sam Kass wants to take the stress out of healthy eating. The key, says the former White House chef, is not to worry so much about making the “right” choice. Instead, just do as the title of his cookbook says: Eat a Little Better. One simple swap? Give grilled veggies the starring role at your barbecue.
In this dish, roasted cauliflower (which is one of the easiest ways to cook it) comes together with Jerusalem arties (a.k.a. sunchokes), and the payoff is huge: You get great flavor and a delightful texture.
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Here’s an easy way to keep your New Year’s resolution to eat lighter: a creamy (but cream-less) soup from Parade Chef Jon Ashton. Once cooked and pureed in a blender, cauliflower and onions transform into a velvety, comforting bowl made even more delectable by a crispy garlic topping.
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Craving fried rice, but not into the extra fat and calories that come along with it? Try Chef Jon Ashton's low-carb cauliflower fried rice bursting with Thai flavors.
Cauliflower Rice Chicken Casserole is a low-carb casserole with broccoli and cheddar cheese that's ready in 30 minutes. Swapping regular rice for a bag of frozen cauliflower rice ups the nutrition stats, saves time and lends a heartier texture to this clever riff on a casserole classic.
This dump-and-go dip from wife and mother Kalisha Blair is the perfect starter for all your summer get-togethers. And it features a surprising ingredient—cauliflower—which adds texture and sneaks a vegetable into this dip that’s always a crowd pleaser.
This recipe for Tequila-Battered Cauliflower Tacos, adapted from MasterChef judge Aarón Sánchez, proves vegetarian tacos can be downright decadent. Tequila-battered fried cauliflower tossed with a zippy chimichurri sauce is served on chipotle-mayo-schmeared tortillas and showered with queso fresco.
These spiced-up seafood and veggie patties from PARADE Chef Jon Ashton make excellent party food, or a fun, interactive dinner. The yogurt sauce calls for harissa, a chile paste from North Africa, which can be found in international grocery stores or sold alongside hot sauce.
If you're trying to cut carbs, but not flavor, cauliflower recipes can be your best friend. Healthy food blogger and cookbook author Kale Me Maybe (Carina Wolff) recently made this Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza with buffalo cauliflower, mozzarella, green onion, parsley and ranch, but you can customize it with different pizza toppings or even make it dairy free.
Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that is good anywhere and everywhere along the textural spectrum—from raw to mush. This high-temperature treatment allows it to be a bit of both—very well cooked (to the point of singed, but in a good way) and utterly tender, but also crisp and crunchy.
Mashed potatoes are always a popular dish at the dinner table. Mixing in cauliflower helps to create a smooth consistency that's nutritious and delicious.
Roast Coriander Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Grilled Chicken Salad packs well in a cooler or over frozen water bottles. If you're serving the salad as part of a Thanksgiving dinner, omit the chicken, since you'll probably be having turkey. Its contrasting crunchy texture would be a welcome addition to a meal that usually contains a lot of mushy dishes.
Cauliflower boosts the vegetable quotient in these vegetarian "meatballs," while quinoa adds fiber and protein. Look for riced cauliflower in the supermarket produce or freezer section, or pulse fresh cauliflower florets in a food processor. Chilling the mixture and freezing the helps them keep their shape as they cook.
There’s no room for starchy potatoes in a low-sugar breakfast, but it’s easy to replace them with tasty, healthy cauliflower, as in this full-bodied hash. You’ll want to keep the cauliflower crunchy for the best texture and flavor here, so be sure you don’t overcook it.
The secret to falling in love with cauliflower is roasting it. Of course, adding a little cheese never hurt either. Especially if that cheese is laced with horseradish. This soup packs a punch and tastes divine, especially topped with lemon basil croutons.
This dish can easily be a meal itself. The cauliflower itself is super-flavorful, from the water bath and then the roasting—and the cheese sauce just really takes it over the top. This is a great addition to a brunch menu. It's also good party food.
This veggie-filled omelet is all it's cracked up to be.
Crunchy and delicious, these tots are a healthy spin on a popular snack food, thanks to cauliflower standing in for traditional spuds.
In The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook, Dr. Loren Cordain uses chopped fresh cauliflower to create light and tender cups that he fills with herb-infused ground lamb (or pork) for a perfect Mediterranean appetizer.
Everything a roasted, cheesy cauliflower dish should be—and then some.
This Shepherd’s Pie is a bit different from the traditional. For one thing, it uses cauliflower instead of potatoes as a topping, making it lower in carbs. And it incorporates lean protein and tons of veggies instead of lamb, all the while maintaining the comforting touch of the original.
This soup is packed with good-for-you ingredients. Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower boast vitamin K and C, fiber and iron, promoting good bone, muscle, gut and blood health. The antioxidants found in these wonder veggies may also reduce inflammation and give your immunity a boost. The combination of turmeric and black pepper also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making this recipe a must for cold and flu season.
Throughout the year, don't we all crave something light and bright—and a little nontraditional? This gorgeous starter or main dish from British chef Nigella Lawson fits the bill.
For the most dramatic effect, the vegetables are cut into large pieces. A fresh mint garnish brightens the curry flavors.
Pureed cauliflower takes the place of heavy cream in this saucy, lightened-up dinner. It sneaks in a serving of vegetables that picky eaters won’t notice, can be made ahead of time and there’s enough sauce to use later in the week on steamed broccoli or pizza.
Cauliflower moves to the center of the plate in this recipe, one of Ree Drummond's favorite dishes from her book, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. The former vegetarian says this gloriously golden and flavorful dish is supremely versatile. “If you’re happy with a big, beautiful cauliflower main dish, serve it within an arugula salad," she suggests. "Or maybe as a side with roasted chicken or fish."
Crispy and healthy doesn't always fall into the same sentence. This Japanese Katsu Pork with Wasabi Lime Aioli is the exception to the rule, however. Breaded with Cauli Crunch—bread-free bread crumbs made from all-natural cauliflower—it still has that crunchy coating, just minus the gluten, fat and calories.
Danny Seo, author of Naturally Delicious: 100 Recipes for Healthy Eats That Make You Happy, calls cauliflower "the 'meatiest' of vegetables." One of his favorite ways to prepare it: Treat it like steak, searing it in a hot cast-iron skillet and drizzling it with chimichurri sauce.
Meatloaf becomes a weeknight meal thanks to fast-cooking individual portions. Switch out the cauliﬂower for potatoes or other vegetables; vary the ﬂavor by subbing ¼ cup whole-grain mustard for the barbecue sauce.
If you're watching carbs, this is a great way to do it! These little gems are cauliflower with cheese, herbs and spices all baked in mini muffin tin pans. Perfect for brunch, an appetizer before a big meal or a great take along to a party!
Creamy, comforting and ideal for a cold weather pick-me-up, thanks to a side of crunchy garlic bread soldiers.
Cauliflower makes a great low-carb stand-in for regular white rice in this quick and easy stir-fry that satisfies for Chinese take-out.
Tossing the cauliﬂower and beans in a spice mix amps up the ﬂavor—as does the high-heat roasting, in this recipe from blogger Erin Clarke of wellplated.com.
Many recipes for roasting whole heads of cauliflower call for blanching the vegetables first, but Seinfeld's smart technique enables you to skip that step. Both no-cook sauces are delicious with any vegetables or chips of your choice.
This plant-based Buffalo cauliflower snack uses baked cauliflower instead of chicken and the North African hot sauce harissa instead of traditional wing sauce. It's a delicious illustration of how plant-based fare can be very indulgent.
The secret to this Indian-inspired cauliflower recipe is that it needs to be browned on low heat to help caramelize its sugar and bring out its natural flavor. It’s traditionally cooked in a karahi or Indian wok and this version adds tomatoes, then stir-fries the vegetables in a skillet on high heat.
This casserole’s spicy, creamy sauce transforms ho-hum vegetables into something everyone will love.
Known for its vibrant yellow color and starring role in Indian cooking, turmeric is an earthy and sweet ancient spice with newly discovered health benefits. Recent research suggests that curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, may protect against the development of Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer and depression. A relative of ginger, turmeric also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means roasted cauliflower gets the gold for health and hue.
Give your morning a boost with make-ahead Cauliflower Hash Egg Muffins. Cauliflower isn’t just a low-carb substitute for potatoes—it’s a good source of choline, a B vitamin proven to enhance brain development, cognitive function and memory retention. And if you wanted even more vegetable-packed power in these little cups, feel free to throw in extra frozen or fresh veggies you have laying around.
Swap meat for shellfish in this better-for-you paella that also stars cauliflower rice as the base.
A khichuri (or khichdi) is a classic rice and lentil mélange, prepared differently all over India. This particular red lentil variation is from Bengal. It is distinct in its use of fried onions to imbue rich flavor and cauliflower, potatoes, green peas, and a beautiful drizzle of cumin-scented ghee round out this hearty, comforting dish.
Cheesy Baked Cauliflower is guaranteed to be a star dish on your dinner table all winter long! Take everyday, mundane cauliflower, add some ooey-gooey cheese, extra flavor with garlic and thyme and you have a veggie casserole everyone will be fighting over seconds of.
Love mac 'n' cheese? Try this low-carb alternative! Blanch the cauliflower up to 2 days ahead. Prepare the sauce up to 2 days ahead and refrigerate; warm over low heat, combine with cauliflower and bake.
Ground turkey replaces lamb or beef in this twist on classic Shepherd's Pie. Swapping the traditional mashed potato topping for mashed cauliflower makes it a comforting low-carb meal.
To create this low-carb side dish, substitute cauliflower for potatoes.