The Best Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

cauliflower mash recipe

Cauliflower recipes are everywhere nowadays.

Cauliflower rice. Cauliflower pizza. Cauliflower tortilla. Are we getting sick of cauliflower yet?

No? Good; me either.

Cauliflower, in my opinion, is hands down the best healthy substitute for some of the heavy grains and breads that we may be resisting in this increasingly more popular grain- and gluten-free world. It’s filling, easy-to-cook, and can be done in a trillion different ways, making in nearly impossible to tire of. You can make a cauliflower fried rice one night and a buffalo fried cauliflower then next; same veg, entirely different flavors. It’s the most versatile veggie!

Regardless of all the different options for cooking and seasoning cauliflower, one super simple cauliflower dish is my absolute favorite: cauliflower mash.

Cauliflower mash is a stable side in my house — and is sometimes served as the main course, mixed with some dairy-free pesto and topped with a poached egg — because it’s so simple to make, beyond yummy and filling, and goes with almost everything. Throw it in a steamer with some garlic, salt and pepper, and fat, and then puree it. DONE.


  • 1 cauliflower
  • Ghee or grass-feed butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves


  • Wash cauliflower head and chop to remove florets.
  • Add cauliflower florets and garlic cloves to steamer.
  • Steam cauliflower; if you don’t have a steamer, you could boil to soften.
  • Add steamed cauliflower and garlic to food processor with salt, pepper and ghee. I add about 2 tablespoons of ghee and I am generous with salt and pepper, but you can add to taste and depending on how big your cauliflower is. Process until smooth and you’re done. Easy peasy. Top with dairy-free pesto (optional)

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