Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

These Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes" are a creamy vegetable side that's easy to prepare, and quick to make!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower mashed potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 209kcal


  • 2 heads of cauliflower*
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (about 2.5 ounces by weight)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives optional


  • Cut the cauliflower heads down into florets, then steam or boil for about 8-10 minutes, until completely fork tender and soft.
  • You can also cook the florets in an Instant Pot, by adding 1/2 cup of water to the bottom, and placing the cauliflower florets on the steamer insert. Using low pressure, steam for 8 minutes.  
  • Let the cauliflower drain and cool, then squeeze in a kitchen towel to remove the majority of the water in the cauliflower. If you're in a hurry, I've had success with using tongs or rubber gloves to squeeze the cauliflower while it's still hot, just don't use your bare hands!
  • For a chunkier cauliflower mash, mix the cauliflower with the remaining ingredients by hand.
  • For a smoother texture, puree the squeezed cauliflower in a food processor with everything but the chives, for about one minutes, until smooth.
  • Mix in the chives if desired, or simply sprinkle on top to garnish. Enjoy! 


 *Weighing about 4 pounds in total, before trimming the stems.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 698mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g