14 Must-Make Cauliflower Recipes
There's something here for you whether you're vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto...actually, is there anything cauliflower can't do? Here's our 14 essential cauliflower recipes.
The low-carb craze brought cauliflower into the limelight, but now cooks are realizing that it's also just darn tasty. This versatile vegetable works well with Indian and Italian flavors as well as making a fine vegetable side dish or even a substitute for mashed potatoes or rice. It's also a textural marvel: Smooth and creamy when cooked and blended, but covered in crispy bits if roasted at high heat (or, duh, breaded and/or fried).
Cauliflower is also a nutritional powerhouse: It might look like a blank slate, but this cruciferous cousin to broccoli is low calorie, high fiber, and surprisingly high in vitamin C, iron, potassium and vitamin K. When choosing cauliflower at the supermarket, look for creamy white florets without brown spots. The leaves surrounding the cauliflower head should be crisp and unwilted.
Here are 14 of the best cauliflower recipes on Yummly — from easy Buffalo cauliflower to crispy oven-roasted cauliflower nuggets.
For sweet-and-fried Chinese takeout flavor sans chicken, Orange Cauliflower from Spicy Southern Kitchen scratches the itch. Fresh orange juice keeps the sauce's flavor bright. This has a sticky-sweet sauce like General Tso's chicken and is well and truly deep fried, so it's not health food by any means. Sometimes, though, deep-fried hits the spot.
Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
Roasting cauliflower gives it crispy edges and a meaty interior - perfect for stuffing in tortillas when you want to celebrate Taco Tuesday on Meatless Monday. This recipe is vegan - the sauce gets its creamy texture from avocado. Chickpeas make these extra filling, and the chickpeas go on the baking sheet right along with the cauliflower florets, so cleanup is easier.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Ah, the cauliflower pizza crust - a major contributor to this adaptable veggie's trending status. This gluten-free version bakes up crispy if you're careful to squeeze the extra water out of the cauliflower after cooking it. This recipe is actually for a full-on Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella and basil leaves, but the super-simple crust recipe could be adapted to any toppings. This one has "keto diet" written all over it - just 14g of carbs per serving, including the toppings.
Crunchy and hot-saucy, these are Buffalo chicken wings for the vegetarian set. The cauliflower florets cook up crispy (without being fried) thanks to a cornflake crust. The Buffalo sauce is even vegan if you use a plant-based butter alternative. Though: We'd serve these with blue cheese dressing for dipping, to be honest. Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe by It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken
Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Cauliflower doesn't often offer flash-and-dazzle, but when roasted whole like a Christmas goose, the unassuming veggie gains some wow factor. This is the next-gen version of cauliflower steaks. The total time that this curried cauliflower head bakes is over an hour (70-75 minutes), but your active time is just about 5 minutes, so you're free to do your thing in the meantime. Whole Roast Cauliflower Recipe by The Wonky Spatula
This three-ingredient, low-carb side dish offers a creamy, nutrient-rich substitute for mashed potatoes. A little olive oil makes this cauliflower puree creamy without the cream. The approach here is dead simple: Steam, whir in a food processor, heat and serve. Mashed Cauliflower Recipe by Elana's Pantry
Cauliflower Veggie Burgers
When you're looking to boost your veggie-burger game, these thick, crispy cauliflower burgers topped with cilantro-lime slaw are a lot more exciting than the frozen patties you're used to. Quinoa provides protein and breadcrumbs add body. These bad boys are both cheesy and spicy, which is a win-win in our book.
Cauliflower "Tater" Tots
Better-for-you (and yet cheesy) these cauliflower bites bake up into kid-friendly golden-brown nuggets. Your kids will be stealing them off the baking sheet before you even get to the table. If you use gluten-free breadcrumbs in the mix, these can be gluten-free treats. Cauliflower Tots Recipe by Skinnytaste
Bang Bang Cauliflower
Crispy from panko breadcrumbs and tangy from a creamy mayo-based chili sauce, this is craving-satisfying cauliflower. You've found your new favorite way to get your veggies. Bang Bang Cauliflower Recipe by Kirbie's Cravings
Vegan barbecue? Yep - complete with ranch-dressed slaw (the ranch is made with avocado instead of dairy). All of that either sounds amazing or sacrilegious to you, so act accordingly. Here, the sauced florets are stuffed into pitas for easy snarfing. Barbecue Cauliflower Pitas with Avocado Ranch Slaw Recipe by Connoisseurus Veg
When you're ready to graduate from cauliflower pizza crust, try these cauliflower tortillas next. They're grain-free and paleo, with just four ingredients (plus salt and black pepper). We've definitely thought about making these and then filling them with barbecued cauliflower. Too much? Cauliflower Tortillas Recipe by Recipe Girl
Easy, flavorful — and highly rated on Yummly— the two secrets to this Cauliflower Poppers recipe are high-heat roasting and smoked paprika. The result is crispy, snackable nuggets. Paprika adds smokey flavor. What's with the "II" in the recipe's name? This is the second version that Jo over at Jo Cooks has created - and it's got 19,000 Yums, so she's doing something right. Cauliflower Poppers II Recipe by Jo Cooks
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
This super-simple soup (just 5 ingredients) is creamy without cream - the low insoluble fiber content of cauliflower is the secret to its lovely texture. This recipe calls for a fancy high-speed blender, but a regular blender would also do the trick. Just don't use a stick blender: It just won't get you that velvety texture, in our experience. (Though, stick blenders are still awesome, just not for this.)
Another cooking method for cauliflower that sprang from the low-carb craze is riced cauliflower. This carb fake-out makes a moderately convincing rice substitute and can be dressed up with anything from parmesan cheese to cilantro and lime. The version here pays careful attention to texture and flavor: Some onion in the mix, as well as a careful pan-crisping, mean that this rice can stand on its own. Not that we wouldn't still top it with a layer of cheese or an over-easy egg. Or both. Just sayin'.