If you’re craving a side dish change, skip the spuds and try these Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes. It’s an easy way to eat more veggies and they taste almost as good as the real thing!

AA big bowl of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is almost better than the real thing; in fact, it might be the greatest all-vegetable comfort food in the world.

Recipe ingredients:

A big bowl of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is almost better than the real thing; in fact, it might be the greatest all-vegetable comfort food in the world.

Ingredient notes:

  • Cauliflower: You can use fresh or frozen cauliflower in this recipe.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Boil or steam the cauliflower until very tender.
    A big bowl of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is almost better than the real thing; in fact, it might be the greatest all-vegetable comfort food in the world.
  2. Drain off the cooking liquid and mash the cooked cauliflower with a ricer, potato masher, immersion blender, or food processor. Stir in the butter, fresh herbs, and salt and pepper.
    A big bowl of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is almost better than the real thing; in fact, it might be the greatest all-vegetable comfort food in the world.

Recipe tips and variations:

  • Cheese: Stir in grated Parmesan, shredded cheddar, or whatever cheese you are craving.
  • Cream cheese: For thicker mashed cauliflower, reduce the butter to 3 tablespoons and add 6 ounces softened cream cheese.
  • Garlic: Add a few cloves of roasted garlic for even more flavor.
  • Sour cream and chives: Stir in a spoonful of sour cream and some snipped fresh chives to taste.

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Cauliflower mashed potatoes in a white bowl with a silver spoon.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

A big bowl of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is almost better than the real thing; in fact, it might be the greatest all-vegetable comfort food in the world.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 119

Ingredients 

  • 3 pounds cauliflower about two medium heads, cut into florets (see note 1)
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons butter cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme finely chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried thyme)

Instructions 

  • In a large saucepan, add cauliflower florets , water, and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until easily pierced with a knife, about 15 minutes.
  • Drain well and return cauliflower pot. Mash well, then stir in butter, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper).

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Notes

  1. Cauliflower: You can use fresh or frozen cauliflower in this recipe.
  2. Cheese: Stir in grated Parmesan, shredded cheddar, or whatever cheese you are craving. 
  3. Cream cheese: For thicker mashed cauliflower, reduce the butter to 3 tablespoons and add 6 ounces softened cream cheese.
  4. Garlic: Add a few cloves of roasted garlic for even more flavor.
  5. Sour cream and chives: Stir in a spoonful of sour cream and some snipped fresh chives to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 155mgPotassium: 518mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 417IUVitamin C: 83mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg
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Meggan Hill

I’m the Executive Chef and head of the Culinary Hill Test Kitchen. Every recipe is developed, tested, and approved just for you.

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  1. Do you think that the cauliflower would break down well in a KitchenAid mixer with the whisk attachment? That’s how I whip boiled potatoes. Well, I guess I’ll just do the experiment. . .

    1. Hi David, I’m not sure. If I can get my hands on some cauliflower, I’ll try it out. Or let me know what happened! Hopefully it all went well. Thanks! -Meggan