by Olena

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

by Olena

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with unbelievable taste and texture. Plus so easy to make! Save your calories for turkey. |

These cauliflower mashed potatoes came out FANTASTIC!!! On a scale of 1 to 10, cauliflower taste = 0.5. Whoever came up with an idea for a cauliflower mash as a faux mashed potatoes is genius! You could easily swap it for mashed potatoes any time. I love mashed potatoes and eat them occasionally but I would make this recipe for a lighter alternative.

Life is about balance, and not deprivation. These came out fluffy and light. Take 15 minutes to make and require minimum ingredients.

Just like with cauliflower biscuits and cauliflower breadsticks, mashed cauliflower potatoes do not taste like mashed potatoes because…cauliflower is not potatoes, that is correct. But it tastes pretty darn amazing!


How to Make Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Slow cooker cauliflower mashed potatoes is the same idea as with a stovetop method, just cooked in a slow cooker. During holidays and big gatherings, I like to make slow cooker cauliflower mashed potatoes to offer a lighter alternative without making my schedule and stove over crowded.

This video will give you an idea on the process and texture.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with unbelievable taste and texture. Plus so easy to make! Save your calories for turkey. |
All you have to do do is cook cauliflower until fork tender.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with unbelievable taste and texture. Plus so easy to make! Save your calories for turkey. |

This wonderful buttery waterfall…This was only a tablespoon, it was a lot and I was surprised how much is a tablespoon of butter. I love butter in mashed potatoes and would never replace it with anything else. Organic, preferably grass-fed butter (if you can find) is the best. It is totally healthy, in moderation.

And look, you can take cauliflower mashed potatoes even further just in 20 minutes =>>> Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie.

How to Make Cauliflower Shepherd’s Pie


Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe with unbelievable taste and texture. Plus so easy to make! Save your calories for turkey.

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings



  1. Separate cauliflower into florets and cut in smaller chunks. In a medium pot, combine cauliflower, garlic and enough cold water to cover the vegetables. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender. Drain.
  2. Add butter or olive oil, salt and ground black pepper to taste. Using an immersion blender (a food processor), process until very smooth or desired consistency. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, if necessary. Serve hot just like you would serve mashed potatoes.

Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

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  1. I toast bread crumbs in butter (or olive oil), with a little salt and perhaps garllic, if you like.Take the cauliflower apart into little pieces and undercook them just a minute. Put the verywell drained cauliflower-ets head first into the bread crumbs, cover for a minute to make it really hot, stir well so everyone gets their share of bread crumbs and serve. Yum. From Hungary.

      1. My electric pressure cooker works wonders here. Locks in all the nutrients and doesn’t stink up the house which was always my bigger problem with cauliflower before.

  2. I absolutely HATE cauliflower but I MUST say this recipe is beyond AMAZING!! I followed the recipe and used butter (out of Kerry Gold). I even sent this to my mom who hates veggies but I know will like this. Next I will try roasting with the garlic and red onions too. That sounds yummy. Thank you SOOOO MUCH Olena for sharing :).

    1. You are welcome. Yes, sometimes the way cauliflower is prepared the smell of it is bleck. Especially in desserts. But most of the times it is good.

  3. Delicious! Healthy alternative when craving mashed potatoes. I’m pairing the cauliflower mash with crock pot chicken pot pie!

  4. Not so much. It’s still cauliflower. It was enough of a treatment that I could eat it, but it did not fool the kids.
    Back to the drawing board for a way to cook this veggie AND make it taste good.

  5. This recipe sounds so easy and yummy! I actually have my cauliflower cooking right now so I can add this to my meal prep for the week.. Can’t wait to try it

    1. Awesome. I just cooked buffalo cauliflower soup yesterday which I am about to post and thought cooked chunky cauliflower did remind me of something. These mashed potatoes.:) Enjoy!

  6. Tried this with oilve oil instead of butter and I really loved it. I’m going to try and sneak it into one of my kid’s dishes, I’m sure she’ll like it!

    1. Hi Christina. Any type of fat will work. Even melted pork fat. Kidding but that is what we ate in Ukraine with fried potatoes.
      Um, my kids didn’t like mashed cauliflower. Oldest one said it is not bad but no thank you haha. Try and see. Never know! My kids still shock me sometimes with food choices. In a good way.

  7. We are dairy free so liked this method. I used 1tbs coconut oil and 1 tsp salt in vitamix. Did steam garlic with the cauliflower. May try oven roasted next time

  8. Steam the cauliflower in basket & use half butter &half cream cheese. Works for me!!!
    Thanks for the other suggestions !!!

  9. Hi Olena, I buy my Kerry Gold Butter from Costco and stock up, as it’s more expensive in regular grocery stores… thanks for the recipe, I’m going to give it a go tonight!

    1. Hi Sylvia. Costco in Canada doesn’t carry it.:( However, since I don’t use butter a lot it lasts forever. Let me know how you like these.:)

    1. I agree. There is also Kiwi brand. I also bought my local farm’s grass fed butter and it went bad really fast like real butter from childhood in Ukraine. It became dark yellow outside and tasted bitter. Ew but at least I knew that I had real butter. I didn’t expect that but now I know.

  10. I used organic free range chicken broth instead of the water and it was delicious! The broth gives the cauliflower so much flavor! Thanks for the recipe!

  11. So far my attempts at mashed cauliflower haven’t turned out too well, but your recipe looks terrific, and I like Suzanne’s suggestion of roasting rather than boiling to reduce the water content (and nutrient loss). I’ll give both methods a try, using your recipe. Thanks!

  12. I discovered that mashed cauliflower comes out much better if you roast it in the oven with a little olive oil, rather than steaming or boiling – less water content that way. I like to roast mine with garlic and red onion for extra flavor, before puréeing in the food processor.