Cauliflower Mash Recipe

This low-carb Cauliflower Mash recipe is delicious and hearty without the potatoes! It looks like mashed potatoes, its texture is similar to mashed potatoes and the taste is mashed potato-y enough to make those who are on the Paleo diet or low carb diet happy.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Why This Cauliflower Mash Recipe Is So Good

  • A low carb side
  • Fluffy and not dry!
  • Perfectly garlicky!
  • Rich and buttery from the sour cream and butter

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Light sour cream
  • Garlic salt
  • Black pepper
  • Chives

How To Make This Cauliflower Mash Recipe – Step By Step

  1. Separate the cauliflower into florets and discard the core.

  2. Bring about 2 cups of water to a simmer in a pot, then add the cauliflower. Cover and turn the heat to medium. Cook the cauliflower for 12-15 minutes or until very tender.

  3. Drain and discard all of the water (the drier the cauliflower is, the better) and add the milk, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper and mash with a masher until it looks like “mashed potatoes.” Top with chives.
 

 

bowl of Cauliflower Mash

Cauliflower Mash For Breakfast

It’s been a family favorite recipe, we have this dish at least once every couple of weeks. Leftover Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes make a great accompaniment for breakfast sausage. Simply form cold mashed cauliflower into flat patties, and lightly pan-fry a few minutes each side to get them nice and crispy.

A Chunky Cauliflower Mash Recipe

I like the mashed cauliflower to be a little chunky (like I like my mashed potatoes) so instead of using an immersion blender, I just use a potato masher to mash and stir with the butter and sour cream. 

Because the cauliflower is more tender than potatoes, the little chunks are really melt in the mouth – so good!

Cauliflower Mash Recipe use a potato masher

Additional Add Ons For This Cauliflower Mash Recipe

Top with chives (or whatever you normally like on your mashed potatoes) and you’ve got one heck of a side dish. Here are some add on options:

  • Sliced green onions
  • Oil — Olive, garlic or chili!
  • Herbs — Thyme, rosemary and parsley.
  • Curry powder
  • Diced bacon

Top Tips For This Cauliflower Mash Recipe

  • Save prep time and use cauliflower rice instead! Steam the rice or sauté in a pan with a little water until fork tender.
  • You can use light sour cream or opt for buttermilk if you want it even creamier.
  • To ensure mashed cauliflower is really light and fluffy (no one wants soggy mashed cauliflower) you must make sure you allow ALL the steam to escape before pureeing it. Cauliflower has a large surface area within those little florets, and it will happily retain much of its moisture.
  • Ensure all the water is drained from the pan once cooked, but ALSO leave the lid off for a minute and allow the steam to escape also.

Cauliflower Mash Recipe in a bowl

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Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Prep Time
8 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
28 mins
 

This recipe is very flexible. Feel free to use your favorite mashed potato toppings and seasonings. Some love adding a big spoonful of cream cheese. Or how about chopped crispy bacon on top? 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 120 kcal
Author: Jaden
Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons light sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • snipped chives
Instructions
  1. Separate the cauliflower into florets and discard the core.

  2. Bring about 2 cups of water to a simmer in a pot, then add the cauliflower. Cover and turn the heat to medium. Cook the cauliflower for 12-15 minutes or until very tender.

  3. Drain and discard all of the water (the drier the cauliflower is, the better) and add the milk, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper and mash with a masher until it looks like "mashed potatoes." Top with chives.
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.