How to Cook Cauliflower Guide With Recipes

Tasty ways to prepare cauliflower

We like cauliflower so much we often snack on it plain and raw. Crunch crunch crunch. Most people, we've learned, prefer this strongly flavored cruciferous vegetable at least somewhat cooked. Fair enough. We like it prepared plenty of different ways. Find some delicious ways to cook up cauliflower below.

  • 01 of 07

    Baking Cauliflower

    Cauliflower gratin
    Cauliflower gratin. The Picture Pantry/Aysegul Deniz Sanford / Getty Images

    Cauliflower takes quite well to baking, which, let's be honest, bears a striking resemblance to roasting (see below). Baking cauliflower into a Cauliflower Gratin can be as simple as topping the florets with a bit of cheese and/or breadcrumbs, or you can work in herbs or sauces to make more of a veggie main dish.

    We've also been known to dip cauliflower florets in a spicy chickpea flour batter before baking them, creating a light cauliflower pakora.

  • 02 of 07

    Fried Cauliflower

    Cauliflower fritters
    Mr. Michael Phams / Flickr / CC By 2.0

    Breaded and fried cauliflower are, indeed, tasty. We tend to keep things on the healthier side, though, by combining finely chopped steamed cauliflower with egg, flour, and salt to create fritters we can then pan-fry. See how to make fried cauliflower with this cauliflower fritter recipe.

  • 03 of 07

    Mashed Cauliflower

    Mashed cauliflower
    Markela4ka / Getty Images

    Taking a fork to well-cooked mashed cauliflower turns this sharp cruciferous specimen into the zesty big sister of comparatively ho-hum mashed potatoes.

  • 04 of 07

    Roasted Cauliflower

    Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
    Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower.

    Molly Watson

    We have, on more than one occasion, eaten an entire head of roasted cauliflower. Toss the florets with a bit of oil and salt, pop them in a hot oven and bake, tossing them around a few times along the way until they're tender and browned. Sometimes we add a bit more flavor, as with this garlic parmesan roasted cauliflower or this spicy roasted cauliflower.

    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07

    Creamy Cauliflower Soup

    Cauliflower soup
    Philippe Desnerck / Getty Images

    Cauliflower adds a rich texture to puréed soups. If you love cauliflower, this soup creamy cauliflower soup is a natural favorite. Want more kick? Try this curried cauliflower soup instead.

  • 06 of 07

    Steam Cauliflower

    Steamed cauliflower
    Rob Whitrow / Getty Images

    There is more than one way to steam cauliflower. We can think of three right off the top of our head: in a pan, in a steamer basket, and in a microwave.

    Once it's steamed, you're probably going to want to dress it up in some fashion. Butter, salt, and pepper are easy; cheese sauce is a classic; or try using pesto or mint for something a bit different.

  • 07 of 07

    Stir Cauliflower in

    Cauliflower Pasta
    Cauliflower Pasta. Photo © Molly Watson

    As in "stir it in." By dividing cauliflower into quite small florets, this giant head of a vegetable becomes something that cooks up much more quickly and adds texture and flavor to dishes. Stir cauliflower in to make delicious and healthy meals.