Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower Recipe
  • READY IN 20 mins

Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower

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"For those of us low-carb peeps who like to pretend that we are eating mashed potatoes. Serve with butter if desired."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    20 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook cauliflower in boiling water until tender, about 6 minutes; drain. Pat cauliflower dry with paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
  2. Blend cauliflower, cream cheese, garlic, and seasoned salt in a food processor until mostly smooth.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 07, 2014

I made half the recipe, steamed the cauliflower for 3 minutes in the microwave, and used my immersion blender to mash the cauliflower (easy cleanup). The whipped cream cheese makes this incredibly "creamy," and this is so easy to make. This is the first mashed cauliflower recipe that I would consider an honest-to-goodness replacement for mashed potatoes. It's not only healthy for you, but it tastes wonderful.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 10, 2014

Followed the recipe exactly except I used regular salt and 1/4 of the garlic. Mine was a little soupy, patting the cauliflower dry was not enough, the water needed to be squeezed out inside a kitchen towel. Also the texture was gummy, just like when you overwork regular mashed potatoes. The flavor was ok, I felt the cream cheese overpowered the dish. The last recipe I tried for these called for roasting the cauliflower in the oven which I think is the better way to go. I like the flavor better and you don't have to ring the water (and the vitamins) out of the cauliflower. Also the food processor was overkill, that lead to the bad texture. Stick with a potato masher.


50 Ratings

Jan 20, 2014

Really good! I used part skim ricotta to lighten it up a bit and I would recommend this recipe for sure.

Jan 09, 2014

Interesting recipe. I did not have whipped cream cheese, so I subbed 4 light laughing cow garlic and herb wedges. I slightly undercooked the cauliflower and the mashed blend was a bit grainy which is easily corrected by cooking slightly longer. It paired well with a baked tilapia loin (seasoned with a hint of grated parm. cheese and some of the Lawry's seasoning salt) and a hodgepodge blend of frozen vegetables from Trader Joes. We will have again when we're in the mood for something different.

Feb 24, 2014

Very tasty! I would never have thought to make cauliflower this way. It even looks like mashed potatoes on the plate! We had it with a sirloin roast and a stir-fry medley of veggies, and it was great with or without the gravy. I streamlined it a bit: put the whole head of cauliflower into the pressure cooker for about 10 minutes on high, let cool a bit, then cored and simply mashed it smooth with a potato masher. I had an 8 oz. container of garlic-and-herb whipped cream cheese and put half of it in, tasted it and dumped the rest in. Sooo good! I did then whip with my hand blender, but I don't think that it was necessary and won't bother to next time. And that was it. No need for more garlic or any salt, it was already perfect. I did add some black pepper--but then I usually pepper everything. Next time my (grown) kids are here, I will make this without saying anything and see if they even notice - especially since I always put parmesan in my mashed potatoes : )

Feb 15, 2014

I have to admit I put off fixing mashed cauliflower because I thought it would never be able to measure up to potatoes. NOT SO!! This recipe was delicious and I definitely will not hesitate to fix this over and over. YUM!

May 22, 2015

After halving the amount of cream cheese and using regular versus whipped, my family loved this recipe! I will definitely be making it again as it is such an easy way to get my five-year-old to eat cauliflower. I also steamed the cauliflower instead of boiling. Incredibly easy and very tasty side dish! Update: another variation is to cook up to 4 cloves of garlic in extra virgin olive oil, cut down the cream cheese to about 2 ounces, and enjoy an extra garlic-y delight!

Apr 17, 2014

Umm... yes please?? In a world where potatoes are not an option, cauliflower to the rescue! I tried this once with sour cream but because I boiled the out of the 'flower, it was too watery. It was still delicious. And yes, I DID eat that bad boy with a straw. The next day I made sure I had cream cheese on hand and voila! Awesome fake mashed 'taters. I should have taken a pic, but while I was thinking about taking said picture, I was eating the subject matter and before I knew it, it was in my belleh. As far as going back to the real thing? I may never go back. Just kidding, yes I will! But, when it's low-carb time, I'll be buying myself 'flowers...


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  • Calories
  • 102 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 21 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 6.4 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 367 mg
  • 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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