Mashed Cauliflower

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Mashed Cauliflower is essentially a creamy cauliflower puree that makes a delicious low-carb or keto alternative to mashed potatoes.

Mashed Cauliflower is essentially a creamy cauliflower puree that makes a delicious low-carb or keto alternative to mashed potatoes.
Mashed Cauliflower

If you’re not concerned about cutting the carbs, it’s also just a delicious way to prepare cauliflower and makes a great side dish to accompany any roast or chop like Garlic Lover’s Roast Beef, Pork Chops with Dijon Sauce or Rosemary and Lemon Roasted Chicken.

Mashed Cauliflower is essentially a creamy cauliflower puree that makes a delicious low-carb or keto alternative to mashed potatoes.

This easy mashed cauliflower recipe is made with just 5 ingredients–cauliflower, garlic cloves, buttermilk and butter.  Will it taste like mashed potatoes? Pretty close! But of course, it’s cauliflower so keep that in mind. If you want more of a potato texture, you can do half mashed potatoes with half cauliflower similar to this Baked Potato Soup recipe.

How To Make Cauliflower Mash

If you can boil water, you can make this easy dish! Simply boil or steam the cauliflower in water or broth until it becomes tender. Then puree it with liquid in an immersion blender until it becomes smooth. This is the immersion blender (affil link) I use. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use your regular blender, just be careful not to over-process it and turn it into soup.

Tips and Variations

I like using buttermilk because it’s creamy, and low-fat. If you don’t have buttermilk, light sour cream also works great. Adding a touch butter gives it that creamy, mashed potato flavor. You can add herbs, cheese, bacon, etc like I did in this Loaded Cauliflower Mash Bake.

Mashed Cauliflower is essentially a creamy cauliflower puree that makes a delicious low-carb or keto alternative to mashed potatoes.

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Mashed Cauliflower

4.89 from 36 votes
2
Cals:62
Protein:3.5
Carbs:8.5
Fat:3
Mashed Cauliflower is essentially a creamy cauliflower puree that makes a delicious low-carb or Keto alternative to mashed potatoes.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Mashed Cauliflower is essentially a creamy cauliflower puree that makes a delicious low-carb or keto alternative to mashed potatoes.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 3 /4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut up into florets
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/3 cup 1% buttermilk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp salted butter, plus optional more for serving

Instructions

  • Steam or boil cauliflower and garlic until soft.
  • Drain the cauliflower, then add buttermilk, butter, salt, pepper and purée with an immersion blender. (If you don't own a hand blender, you should consider getting one. It is one of my most used gadgets in my kitchen, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it!) A regular blender would work fine as well.

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Nutrition

Serving: 3 /4 cup, Calories: 62 kcal, Carbohydrates: 8.5 g, Protein: 3.5 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 67 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 3 g

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176 comments on “Mashed Cauliflower”

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    Steven Jesseph

    Did mashed cauliflower last night for the first time and used this recipe. THANK YOU! It was great and got rave reviews from the lady friend I invited for dinner. This is now part of our meal planning.

  2. I just made this and it came out GREAT! Thank you so very much for posting your recipes. I’ve been making the same foods over and over and over for the kids and myself, so much that we are so sick of the same. My best friend told me about your website. Earlier today, I made the cream cheese pumpkin muffins and they were delicious! I managed to stop after eating 4!! I put the rest in the fridge. Tonight I made the cauliflower mashed potato for tomorrow’s dinner and I’m making the Salisbury meatballs and sauce to go with it, along with green beans.

    Thank you very much for posting your recipes – it is really kind of you!

  3. I’m so far behind this trend. Why did I wait so long?!?! This is delicious. I didn’t have buttermilk, so I used a little
    Cream cheese and sour cream. Damn delicious 🤤 

    Thank you! 

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    Stephanie Hundley

    Do you include the garlic into the rest of the recipe or do you just steam with the cauliflower and then trash the garlic?

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      Vanessa Keegan

      I sauteed whole crushed garlic cloves on low heat with butter. It gives it more of a roasted garlic flavor so it’s more subtle and totally delicious.

  5. Tried making for the first time and it turned out perfect! Followed directions exactly as written and there was nothing left! Awesome, straightforward and simple recipe!

  6. You’re right, the immersioin blender made all the difference! I’ve been using cauliflower and couldn’t exactly get the consistency right until now. Thank you

  7. You don’t need 4 cloves of garlic! The garlic made my batch so bitter tasting that I had to throw the whole thing away. I wish I would of sautéed the garlic a little bit first to help with the taste or used garlic powder instead. 

    1. I think garlic is for people’s preferences. I actually added 5 garlic cloves and think it’s wonderful! But I get it – I can’t stand anything even slightly spicy and others love it. I love garlic (and apparently so does the cook who made this recipe), but it’s not your fav.

  8. Finally a recipe that tastes great. Perfect mashed cauliflower-will not miss potatoes with this recipe. Thank you.

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    Leah Richardson

    This recipe was so easy and delicious. I made it vegan (for a client) by using a little homemade cashew cream. They loved it!! Thank you, Gina for another home run.

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    Raquel Villagomez

    I was alittle disappointed that it wasn’t smooth. Had I read the introduction instead of the Instructions I would have known to left the liquid. The instructions said to drain Cauliflower and that’s what I did. ☹️

    1. I drained my liquid. Mine came out very smooth and creamy. I added the butter and buttermilk to the blender. I did stir it it and keep turning my blender on until it was perfect. 

    2. I drained the liquid, definitely. I did add the butter and buttermilk and kept blending it (had immersion blender) until smooth. It took a little while. I think if you don’t have the immersion blender, you can blend it in the blender until it’s smoother. You could prob even do it the next day.

  11. Hey Gina, instead of buttermilk I add 2 laughing cow light wedges when I mash. Oh it is good and because I am a potato addict this has absolutely taken their place. You can find it on my table nearly every night. Easy and delicious and to me it IS mashed potatoes!!

    1. Hello, Lyn.

      I was wondering if I can sub the buttermilk for fall free half and half.

      Thanks so much!

  12. I make this every night for dinner. My go-to for potato substitute and absolutely delicious. Instead of butter or buttermilk, I simply add laughing Cow light and BOOM! Wonderful and simple and I am completely satisfied.