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Perfect Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
23 mins
Tired of making watery mashed cauliflower? Try to make my perfect mashed cauliflower recipe using an immersion blender and season with garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, mayo and butter. Mm… Amazing! It has a perfect smooth texture that you and your family will love.
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5 from 3 votes


  • 1 medium cauliflower — cut into florets
  • 3 tablespoons butter — melted
  • ¼ cup mayo — I used vegan mayo but you can use the traditional one
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Olive oil and fresh parsley for garnishing


  1. First, fill a large pot with about 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Then, place a steamer basket in the bottom of the pot.
  3. Add the cauliflower florets into the steamer basket.
  4. Cover the pot and steam until the cauliflower is fork tender (6-8 minutes). Please do not steam for more than 8 minutes otherwise the florets will become very soggy.
  5. Remove from the heat, uncover the pot (this step is important) and let the cauliflower cool down for 5 minutes.
  6. Place the steamed cauliflower in bowl and cover with a plastic film leaving a small space to place the immersion blender. Slowly start to mash the cauliflower. At the beginning it will be a little hard to mash but after a few seconds it will be easy. Do not add any liquid like warm water or chicken broth while you are mashing the steamed cauliflower. Eventually it will release a bit of liquid and the mashing process will become easier. If you add more liquid your mashed cauliflower will become very watery at the end of the process.
  7. When the cauliflower is completely smooth add butter, mayo, garlic powder, Parmesan, salt, ground black pepper and stir well to combine.
  8. Taste to adjust the seasoning.
  9. Garnish with black pepper, olive oil and fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

To serve: Serve a big scoop of mashed cauliflower with turkey, fish, roasted chicken or meat.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas, gluten-free, healthy, low-carb, side dish, thanksgiving

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1/4) — Calories: 203, Fat: 16.2g, Saturated Fat: 7.3g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 875mg, Carbohydrates: 11.8g, Fiber: 3.7g, Sugar: 4.6g, Protein: 5.1g

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