Cauliflower mash

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Smooth, buttery cauliflower mash is just the perfect comforting side dish. Whether it’s Thanksgiving dinner or a simple weeknight meal, you can’t go wrong with this gluten free and low carb dish.

Cauliflower mash

The idea of cauliflower mash is quite a genius one. Let me start by saying that no, this is not exactly the same as mashed potatoes nor is it trying to be. I think if you’re following a low-carb diet, this makes a perfectly good substitution for good old mash but for me, it shouldn’t be treated as a “diet dish for those who can’t enjoy the proper thing”. Cauliflower mash or cauliflower mashed potatoes as some call it, is absolutely delicious and the fact that is in low in carbs and gluten free and very good for you just happens to be the cherry on top.

Cauliflower mash

How do you make mashed cauliflower?

With cauliflower mash, you have to be quite careful not to get the cauliflower too wet because once you start mashing, all that moisture will come out and you will be left with cauliflower purée. I steam the cauliflower and then allow it to air-dry for around 10 minutes before mashing it with a knob of butter. This results in a ‘firmer’ cauliflower mash, more akin to mashed potatoes.

Can you make mashed cauliflower without a food processor?

Yes, you can. You can use a regular potato mashed, a hand blender or a jug blender to make cauliflower mash.

Can you make cauliflower mashed potatoes ahead of time?

Yes. You can make the entire dish up to three days ahead of time and keep tightly sealed in the refrigerator. Re-heat over low heat and add more butter or a splash of cream if needed.

What to serve with mashed cauliflower?

  1. Lemon herb roast chicken
  2. Mayonnaise grilled rosemary garlic steak
  3. Beef shin stew
  4. Slow cooked lamb ragu 
  5. Pan roasted chicken with lemon garlic butter
  6. Salt and pepper pork belly with crispy crackling
  7. Sticky honey soy pork chops


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5 from 8 votes
Cauliflower mash
Cauliflower mash
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Smooth, buttery cauliflower mash is just the perfect comforting side dish. You can't go wrong with this gluten free and low carb dish.

Course: Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 as a side dish
Calories: 51 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
  • 1 large head of cauliflower trimmed into florets, stems roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Steam the florets and stems until cooked through.
  2. Allow to dry on a roasting tray/chopping board for 10 minutes before mashing with the butter.
  3. Season to taste and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower mash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 51 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 638mg 27%
Potassium 319mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 62.5%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Vickie

    Made and loved the cauliflower mash. I added a few drops of truffle oil and it turned out great.

    • Alida Ryder

      Oh yes! Love the idea of adding truffle oil.

  • Camilla

    Oh man, that looks so good! That butter!

  • Reply

    I’ve tried to sneak cauliflower mash onto Tom’s plate, but he’s onto me Alida! I’ll be enjoying this all by myself! He doesn’t know what’s good!

    • Alida Ryder

      C LOVES cauliflower so this is right up his alley. I started the kids off by adding half potato and half cauliflower and they never knew the difference. 😉

  • Doreen

    Love your tips! My cauliflower mash is always so watery and never looks as fluffy as yours.

    • Alida Ryder

      It definitely helps to keep the cauliflower as dry as possible when cooking. Hope you try and love this recipe!

  • Christine

    Just made this for dinner with pork chops and steamed spinach. Best cauli mash recipe And so simple.

    • Alida Ryder

      Oh yum! Wish I was having that for dinner. 😉

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