40 Creative Ways to Enjoy Cauliflower

Pizza, Wings, and So Much More

Buffalo "wings" made with cauliflower.
The Spruce

The versatility of cauliflower has been publicized to new heights in recent years, as creative cooks have transformed the cruciferous vegetable into everything from pizza crust to stuffing to gnocchi. There are countless methods for cooking cauliflower, including roasting, stir frying or sautéeing, steaming, and even microwaving.

Cauliflower—like its close relatives, broccoli, kale, and cabbage—provides many nutrients and health-promoting compounds. And with only about five grams of carbohydrates in one cup, the vegetable is also excellent choice for keto and low-carb diets.

From soups and casseroles to veggie roasts, you're sure to find a recipe from among these favorites.

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    Cauliflower Fried Rice

    Cauliflower fried rice in a serving bowl.
    Anita Schecter

    Cauliflower rice doesn't have to be bland and boring. This stir-fry is a great example of how cauliflower can be turned into a flavorful dish with lots of appealing color and texture. Make it a vegetarian main or side dish or add some diced chicken or shrimp for a simple low-carb entrée for meat eaters.

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    Grilled Cauliflower Steaks With Fresh Herb Sauce

    Grilled cauliflower with herb sauce.
    Laurel Randolph

    This grilled cauliflower is an excellent option when it's too hot to cook in the house. The cauliflower is cut into thick "steaks," then lightly seasoned and grilled to perfection. A delightful lemon and fresh herb sauce is the perfect finishing touch.

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    Cauliflower Gnocchi

    Cauliflower gnocchi with red sauce.
    Molly Watson

    Cauliflower replaces the potato in this delicious cauliflower gnocchi, making it a low-carb and keto alternative to traditional gnocchi, which is made with starchy potatoes. It can be made even lower in carbs if you use almond flour instead of wheat flour. Serve the gnocchi with a red sauce and Parmesan cheese, or drizzle it with brown butter or alfredo sauce. Looking for even more sauce ideas? We've got you covered.

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    Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

    Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad
    Diana Rattray

    A roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad is a delicious dish that's extremely easy to make. A simple fresh lemon juice dressing flavors the salad and almonds give it some crunch and texture.

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    Cauliflower Pizza Crust

    Cauliflower pizza crust with toppings.
    Molly Watson

    While bread items are off-limits to anyone on a low carb or keto diet, cauliflower is the surprising ingredient that makes it possible to enjoy a pizza. This cauliflower pizza crust is made with well drained cauliflower along with egg, Parmesan cheese, and almond flour.

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    Cauliflower Tortillas

    Cauliflower tortillas in a tea towel on a cutting board

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney 

    If you're following a keto, low-carb, or gluten-free diet, these cauliflower tortillas are a wonderful substitute for flour or corn tortillas. Soft and flexible, use them with your favorite taco fillings and fixings. They also can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen. A quick heat in a sauté pan and they're good to go.

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    Gluten-Free and Vegan Cauliflower Hummus

    Cauliflower Hummus

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo 

    This cauliflower hummus is gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-friendly alternative to traditional chickpea hummus. Cauliflower lends a lighter mouthfeel, while the tahini and olive oil still give it that classic silkiness. Paprika and cumin lend it a smoky quality that complements the sweetness of pan-fried or roasted cauliflower. (However, you can boil the cauliflower as well.) Use it as a dip with veggies, crackers, tortilla chips, or pitas. It takes less than 20 minutes to pull together, so it's perfect for your next party or even a Tuesday night dinner.

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    Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

    Cauliflower casserole
    The Spruce

    Green onions, cheese, and chopped red bell pepper make this a festive and flavorful choice for a holiday meal or family dinner. Buttery breadcrumbs are added to add a crunchy topping to this cauliflower casserole.

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    Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

    Cauliflower mac and cheese in the baking pan and on a serving plate

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph 

    When comfort food calls but gluten and carb issues mean macaroni is a no-no, turn to this cauliflower mac and cheese recipe. Cauliflower florets and stems take the place of pasta, but the requisite cheese sauce is still in place. It's made with cheddar, cream cheese, milk, spices, Dijon mustard, and a sprinkle of Parmesan.

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    Keto Cauliflower Lasagna

    keto lasagna
    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    It sounds complicated, but this keto cauliflower lasagna is a cinch to put together and doesn't require any special tools. The meaty sauce and cheesy layers may fool even the most committed pasta lover. But even if the low-carb "noodles" don't escape attention, the winning texture and flavor of this dish makes it a moot point.

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    Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

    Buffalo "wings" made with cauliflower.
    The Spruce

    This roasted Buffalo-style cauliflower is a great vegan alternative to chicken wings. The cauliflower is breaded, then baked in a hot oven and tossed in a spicy sauce. It's crispy on the outside, and decadently juicy on the inside. You won't miss the chicken in this tasty snack.

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    Cauliflower and Sausage Roast With Cheddar Cheese

    Cauliflower and Sausage Roast with Cheddar Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    This easy-to-prepare cauliflower and sausage roast is a delicious combination of cauliflower, smoked sausage, and cheddar cheese. The sausage and onions are briefly sautéed and tossed with the seasoned cauliflower before the dish goes into the oven. A topping of sharp cheddar cheese finishes the dish beautifully. Serve the dish with a light tossed salad or sliced tomatoes for a satisfying family meal.

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    Cauliflower Cheese Bread

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     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    With the help of a box grater or food processor, turn your cauliflower into a dough with just a few simple steps. This cheesy garlic bread is so good, you'll never miss the carbs. It's great for a gluten-free or Keto diet too. Pair this cheese bread with a salad for a full meal, or dip pieces into your favorite marinara sauce for a snack or appetizer.

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    Cauliflower Stuffing

    Cauliflower Stuffing

    The Spruce Eats / Anita Schecter

    Cauliflower takes the place of bread in this stuffing recipe. That's really the only difference between it and a classic stuffing, so making the switch is not difficult. This version, however, is low-carb and perfect for a keto diet. It can also become vegetarian by switching out the chicken stock, and vegan with an additional butter replacement. Versatile, healthy, and delicious, it's a great side dish recipe to have on hand.

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    Cauliflower Parmesan

    Cauliflower Parmesan

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo 

    Cauliflower Parmesan has the same great taste of the classic Italian dish, it simply switches from chicken or eggplant to roasted cauliflower. The recipe is quick and easy, and your family will enjoy the gooey combination of mozzarella and pecorino cheeses with the homemade marinara. It's a delicious low-carb vegetarian dish, but you can add ground beef, too.

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    Easy Cheddar Cauliflower Cakes

    Cheddar cauliflower cakes.
    Diana Rattray

    Top these baked cheddar and cauliflower cakes with creamed chicken or turkey, a seasoned tomato sauce, taco meat, or beans. The cakes are a surprisingly tasty alternative to biscuits or rice and there are only four grams of carbohydrates in each one.

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    Roasted Cauliflower With Chimichurri Sauce

    Roasted cauliflower with chumichurri sauce.
    Sarah Crowder/Katie Workman/themom100

    A vibrant green chimichurri sauce adds color and flavor to this roasted cauliflower. Feel free to use broccoli for the green element, or add some minced red chili pepper.

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    Cauliflower Tots

    Cauliflower tots with ketchup for dipping.
    Molly Watson

    If you love frozen fries and tater tots, cauliflower tots are the perfect low carb solution. The key to perfect tots is to squeeze as much moisture out of the steamed and processed cauliflower as possible. You'll be surprised by how crispy they get.

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    Loaded Cauliflower Bake

    cauliflower bake with cheese and bacon
    Diana Rattray

    This recipe is a combination of mac and cheese and a loaded baked potato but made a bit healthier with cauliflower. The vegetable is roasted first and then added to a cheese sauce studded with bacon and green onions. The mixture is placed in a casserole dish, topped with more bacon and cheddar, and cooked until bubbly and golden. A hearty and delicious dish the whole family will love.

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    Bang Bang Cauliflower

    bang bang cauliflower
    Leah Maroney

    If you like Bonefish Grill's bang bang shrimp, you will love this irresistible bang bang cauliflower. Breaded cauliflower is baked to crispy perfection and finished with the fabulous spicy sauce you'll want to put on everything.

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    Creamy Mashed Cauliflower and Leeks

    Mashed cauliflower and leeks in a bowl.
    Diana Rattray

    Mashed cauliflower gets an upgrade with the addition of soft sautéed leeks. The combination of the two vegetables makes for a flavorful low-carb side. For even more flavor and a pop of color, add some chives or parsley along with sour cream. You won't miss the potatoes.

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    Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Pomegranate

    Roasted cauliflower salad with pomegranate.
    Laurel Randolph

    A roasted cauliflower salad is a fresh way to serve a cauliflower side dish and it is perfect for summer entertaining. The addition of pistachios and pomegranate seeds lend color and texture to the salad, while curry spices and honey add to the flavor.

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    Cauliflower With Cheese Sauce

    cauliflower with cheese sauce
    The Spruce

    A creamy cheddar cheese sauce transforms plain steamed cauliflower into an irresistible side. The dish takes less 15 minutes to prepare and cook, making it a perfect choice for a busy day.

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    Roasted Cauliflower With Parmesan Cheese

    Roasted Cauliflower With Parmesan Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    This roasted cauliflower with Parmesan cheese is another easy way to enjoy the vegetable. Roasting brings out the natural, slightly sweet flavor of the florets, which are tossed with a savory mixture of garlic and Parmesan cheese.

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    Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

    Cauliflower steaks

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

    Roasted, thick-cut cauliflower turns into a delicious veggie steak when roasted. With a crisp crust and meaty texture, cauliflower steaks are worthy of main dish status. This recipe is prepared simply with cumin seeds, but feel free to serve your steaks with a spice rub or sauce, much like an actual steak.

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    Moroccan Fried Cauliflower

    Moroccan fried cauliflower.
    Christine Benlafquih

    Moroccan fried cauliflower makes a fabulous side dish or snack. The cauliflower florets are dipped in a zesty spiced batter and deep fried to golden brown perfection.

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    Cauliflower Chowder

    Cauliflower Chowder

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Cauliflower chowder is a brilliant way to transform the veggie into a hearty, flavorful soup. The recipe is easy, ready within an hour, and is packed with veggies. Serve it as a side dish or make it the star of the dinner table with a salad and crusty bread.

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    Cauliflower and Potato Soup With Cheddar Cheese

    Cauliflower Potato Soup
    Diana Rattray

    This cauliflower potato soup is rich and creamy with plenty of flavor and texture from a generous amount of sharp cheddar cheese. A little nutmeg and cayenne pepper are used to season this hearty soup. Garnish the soup with herbs or a drizzling of roasted red pepper puree or flavor infused extra-virgin olive oil.

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    Curry Roasted Cauliflower

    Cauliflower roasted with curry flavors.
    Diana Rattray

    Curry powder and cilantro add flavor to this easy roasted cauliflower. Make the curry roasted cauliflower to serve as a side dish or make it for a healthy snack. It's quick and easy and everyone will love it.

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    Roasted Cauliflower Soup

    roasted cauliflower soup
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    This curry-spiced roasted cauliflower soup is creamy and delicious. For a pleasant tang, add a drizzle of lime juice and garnish the soup with cilantro or green onion. The bowl makes a fabulous lunch soup with sandwiches or you can serve it as a soup course with a large meal or holiday feast.

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    Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

    Cauliflower and Broccoli Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    A basic white sauce with Parmesan cheese makes this broccoli and cauliflower casserole a flavorful side dish. It's perfect for any everyday family meal, and it's special enough for a holiday table or potluck.

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    Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup

    cauliflower and sweet potato soup
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    Cauliflower and sweet potatoes team up to make this nutritious and colorful soup. The unexpected mashup of cauliflower with the sweet potatoes and carrots makes for a naturally sweet soup that will appeal to kids as well as the adults.

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    Cauliflower Cheese

    Cauliflower cheese in a baking dish.
    Elaine Lemm

    Cauliflower cheese is a British dish traditionally served along with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. It is basically a casserole made with cauliflower florets and a cheesy homemade sauce. This version includes cooked leeks for an extra punch of flavor.

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    Cauliflower With Pesto

    Cauliflower with pesto.
    Molly Watson

    Think of steamed cauliflower is a blank canvas — it is delicious with butter and simple seasonings and lends itself to all kinds of toppings and ingredients. This dish of cauliflower with pesto is an excellent example of how it can be improved. Use your favorite store-bought or homemade pesto sauce. The pesto adds a vivid green color and loads of flavor.

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    24-Hour Spiced Cauliflower Pickle

    pickled cauliflower
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    These cauliflower pickles are easy to make and taste great after just 24 hours. Fresh or dried dill, mustard seeds, and garlic flavor the pickles.

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    Cauliflower and Cheese Bake

    Cauliflower and Cheese Bake
    Diana Rattray

    This easy cauliflower and cheese side dish casserole is an excellent way to enjoy cauliflower and it makes a wonderful addition to the dinner table. Steamed cauliflower is combined with a Dijon mustard flavored cheddar cheese sauce, then it is baked with a buttered breadcrumb topping.

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    Cauliflower Latkes

    cauliflower latkes
    Miri Rotkovitz

    Cauliflower is a refreshing change of pace in these tasty little latkes. While there is whole wheat flour or matzo meal in the latkes, they are still lower in carbs than a potato latke. If you're watching your carbs, this is an excellent option.

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    Low Carb Chicken and Cauliflower Casserole

    Low carb cauliflower, chicken, and cheese casserole.
    The Spruce

    This chicken and cauliflower casserole is a one-dish meal low in carbs and high in flavor. Boneless chicken is sautéed and then combined in a casserole with cauliflower, cream, and a layer of cheese.

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    Easy Cauliflower and Chicken Curry

    Cauliflower and chicken curry.
    Diana Miller/Getty Images

    This combination of chicken, cauliflower, and spices is a brilliant way to include cauliflower in the main dish. The Indian-style curry seasonings take inexpensive chicken thighs and cauliflower to new levels. Spinach and tomatoes add nutritional value and color to the dish.

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    Thai Massaman Vegetarian Curry

    Massaman curry, vegetarian.
    Darlene Schmidt

    This vegetarian massaman curry is made with non-traditional ingredients, but it delivers all of the same remarkable flavor. Warm spices provide much of the character in massaman curry and it relatively mild when compared with other Thai curries. Cauliflower and winter squash are the most prominent vegetable ingredients, while chickpeas add protein to the dish.