We love cauliflower as a side, a snack, or added to a main dish. It’s healthy and blends well with almost any flavor.

Below find our favorite cauliflower recipes. We love cauliflower for its versatility. It can be boiled, baked, roasted, steamed, or fried. It’s great chopped, shredded/riced, or even mashed. The mild flavor of cauliflower goes with almost anything and is an inexpensive way to stretch a dish.

a collage of cauliflower recipes

Below you’ll find recipes from the following categories:

  • Cauliflower Side Dishes
  • Soups & Casseroles
  • Appetizers & Snacks
  • Main Dish Cauliflower Favorites

New & Notable

close up of cooked Cauliflower au Gratin
Cauliflower au Gratin
Cauliflower au Gratin is a creamy & cheesy side dish, baked until perfectly golden!
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Cauliflower Side Dishes

1. Crispy Roasted Cauliflower

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower in a white bowl
Crispy Roasted Cauliflower is one of our all time favorite cauliflower recipes.

Crispy Roasted Cauliflower is one of my all time favorite cauliflower dishes. This recipe in particular creates the most beautiful browned edges with a few unique techniques adding amazing flavor. So easy and so good!

The Best Crispy Roasted Cauliflower on a plate
The Best Roasted Cauliflower
Oven-roasted cauliflower turns out crispy & caramelized every time! With just 4 simple ingredients, this healthy side dish can be enjoyed all year long.
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2. Loaded Cauliflower Salad

Overhead shot of Cauliflower Salad in a white bowl
Loaded Cauliflower Salad

Loaded Cauliflower Salad If you like potato salad, you’ll LOVE this cauliflower salad with similar flavors (but of course with fewer carbs). This dish is great for get togethers since it’s best made ahead of time (plus it has bacon and cheddar!).

Cauliflower Salad in a bowl
Loaded Cauliflower Salad Recipe
Cauliflower Salad is a crispy, crunchy, flavor-packed vegetable salad!
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3. Cauliflower Fried Rice

White bowl of Cauliflower Fried Rice with green onions

Cauliflower Fried Rice is a favorite side dish with all of the flavors of our favorite fried rice recipe. This goes great with stir-fries or even hoisin chicken. I make this dish with leftover chicken to enjoy as a healthy lunch throughout the week too!

Finished cauliflower fried rice in white bowl
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Cauliflower Fried "Rice" has all of the flavor of fried rice without the carbs!
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4. Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower "Potatoes in a serving bowl with butter

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes are a creamy and delicious side perfect for serving with stews or anything that has gravy! They’re a lower carb version of mashed potatoes and you can add almost anything to them from roasted garlic to parmesan or cheddar and chives.

Mashed Cauliflower "Potatoes in a bowl with pats of butter
Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"
Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes”. This mashed cauliflower recipe is a deliciously satisfying side, low in carbs and big on flavor! The perfect way to enjoy cauliflower and a delicious substitute for mashed potatoes!
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5. Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad topped with almonds and bacon in honey mustard dressing

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad is a crisp flavorful favorite in an easy homemade honey mustard dressing. This salad is great for lunches throughout the week and it’s potluck perfect.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad topped with almonds and bacon in honey mustard dressing
Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
Broccoli cauliflower salad is a colorful, flavor packed salad recipe that is perfect for the summertime. It’s easy, incredibly healthy, and tastes delicious!
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6. Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with a fork

Easy Grilled Cauliflower steaks aren’t really steaks of course! These slabs of cauliflower are seasoned and then grilled until tender crisp. They make a great summer side when it’s too hot to turn on the oven!

Overhead shot of grilled cauliflower steaks on a metal platter.
Easy Grilled Cauliflower Steak
Grilled Cauliflower Steak is a quick and easy entree that's ready in less than 30 minutes!
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Soups & Casseroles

7. Easy Cauliflower Soup

close up of Easy Cauliflower Soup in bowls

Easy Cauliflower Soup is rich, creamy, and totally dreamy. Like many cauliflower recipes, simple ingredients make great flavor. This soup tastes so indulgent but most of the creamy texture comes from the cauliflower, not from added heavy cream or flour.

close up photo of roasted cauliflower
Cauliflower Soup

8. Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole (from scratch)

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole with breadcrumbs

Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole is easy to make and we love that this casserole requires no canned soups! This is the perfect make-ahead side dish for almost any meal (we also love this dish served with turkey dinner!).

broccoli cauliflower casserole in a dish
Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
Cheesy Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole is the perfect side dish for a weeknight meal. Tender crisp veggies tossed in an easy homemade cheese sauce and topped with a buttery crumb topping!
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9. Air Fryer Cauliflower Bacon “Mac and Cheese”

air fryer casserole in a small baking dish

Air Fryer Cauliflower Bacon “Mac and Cheese” is a cauliflower casserole with all of the yumminess of mac and cheese sauce. This dish has so much flavor, nobody will ever miss the pasta!

air fryer casserole in a small baking dish
Low Carb Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese"
With this awesome Bacon Cauliflower Mac & Cheese you won’t feel like you are missing anything.
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10. Cauliflower Potato Soup

bowls of Cauliflower Cheddar Soup with pot full in the back

Cauliflower Potato Soup is a quick creamy soup that reheats well. We love to prep this at the beginning of the week and serve it for lunches with a slice of crusty bread for dunking.

Cauliflower Cheddar Soup in the pot with a paddle full
Cauliflower Potato Soup
Creamy & cheesy Cauliflower Potato Soup is perfect for lunch, dinner, or to freeze for future meals!
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11. Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

cheesy loaded cauliflower casserole with a spoon

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole has all of the flavors of a twice baked potato without the carbs. It’s packed with indulgent flavors, bacon bits and of course lots of cheddar cheese.

cheesy loaded cauliflower casserole with a spoon
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole
Loaded Cauliflower Casserole is the best way to get that carb fix without all the carbs!
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12. Cream of Cauliflower Soup

Overhead shot of Creamy Cauliflower Soup in a pot with a ladle

Cream of Cauliflower Soup is a simple and delicious soup that proves you don’t need fancy ingredients to have great flavor. Best of all, it’s quick to make and ready in about 30 minutes!

Overhead shot of Creamy Cauliflower Soup in a pot with a ladle
Cream of Cauliflower Soup
A silky smooth cauliflower soup for the perfect lunch or starter.
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Snacks

13. Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower

Baked Buffalo Cauliflower cut open

Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower is hands down one of our favorite cauliflower recipes. Tender cauliflower is oven baked and tossed with buffalo sauce. We serve it as a side or a snack and everyone loves it!

plated Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower
Oven Baked Buffalo Cauliflower
This Buffalo Cauliflower recipe is perfect for a party, a potluck, or serve as a low-carb side dish!
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14. Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Tots

plated Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Tots

Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Tots are a veggie packed alternative to regular tater tots. These little nibbles are full of bacon and cheddar and baked (or air fried) until golden brown and crisp.

plated Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Tots
Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Tots
These Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Tots are crispy on the outside, fluffy & flavorful on the inside!
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15. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

cooked Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower with hot sauce

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower is a twist on our favorite oven baked recipe. These come out crisp and delicious (and they reheat in the air fryer perfectly).

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower View the recipe

16. Giardiniera

Giardiniera in a jar and a bowl

Giardiniera is an amazing snack or condiment with pickled veggies and lots of cauliflower. Once you start eating it, it’s hard to stop! Snack on it like pickles or use it to top a sandwich for a zesty bite.

Giardiniera in a jar and a bowl
Giardiniera
Giardiniera is full of fresh veggies with spicy flavors, it's the perfect side dish!
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Main Dish Cauliflower Favorites

17. Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Cauliflower Tacos on a plate

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos are a light simple dinner that everyone loves. They’re a great way to get more veggies in and the perfect meatless meal. Serve them up with a variety of toppings for the perfect family taco bar.

Cauliflower Tacos on a plate
Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
Loaded with fresh veggies & seasonings, these Cauliflower Tacos are a great option for a quick weekday dinner!
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18. Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower pizza crust pizza being served

Cauliflower Pizza Crust is the perfect base for all of your pizza cravings. Add a little pizza sauce and a handful of toppings and bake until bubbly.

Cauliflower pizza crust pizza being served
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Cauliflower pizza crust is a healthy, savory version of a family favorite!
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19. Veggie Enchiladas

top view of Veggie Enchiladas baked in a dish

Veggie Enchiladas are a cozy comfort food we love! Seasoned roasted veggies are wrapped in tortillas, smothered in enchilada sauce and cheese, and baked until bubbly.

Veggie Enchiladas on a plate
Veggie Enchiladas
These easy & cheesy enchiladas are filling, flavorful, and budget-friendly!
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20. Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

cauliflower mac and cheese on a plate

Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese adds tender roasted cauliflower florets to pasta in a rich creamy cheese sauce. With a generous dose of cheddar on top, it’s all baked until bubbly. This dish is great for adding chicken or diced ham if you’d like!

cauliflower mac and cheese on a plate
Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Tender elbow macaroni and cauliflower florets are tossed in a cheesy sauce, topped with more cheese and baked until bubbly.
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21. Roasted Whole Cauliflower

Whole Roasted Cauliflower in a cast iron pan

Garlic Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower can be served as a side or a main dish. This is a unique and flavorful way to serve cauliflower.

a whole roasted cauliflower with a wedge cut out
Garlic Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower
An entire head of cauliflower is brushed with a simple homemade garlic butter and baked until tender.
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