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A white bowl of mashed cauliflower topped with melted butter and chopped chives.

Easy Mashed Cauliflower

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  • Author: Mollie
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


This easy mashed cauliflower only has four ingredients and takes about 20 minutes. It's fluffy and creamy at the same time, and you might even forget that you're not eating potatoes.



1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets

2 tablespoons unsalted butter (use ghee for Whole30/Paleo)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Add cauliflower florets to a medium or large pot and add enough water to cover the cauliflower. Add a generous pinch of salt to the water, put the pot over high heat, and bring to a boil. Cook the cauliflower until it's tender and easy to pierce with a fork, about 10-15 minutes.
  2.  Once the cauliflower is done, drain the water and add the cauliflower back to the pot. Use an immersion blender to blend the cauliflower until it's smooth like mashed potatoes. If you don't have an immersion blender, place the cauliflower in a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches your desired consistency. Then place it back into the pot.
  3. Add butter, salt, and black pepper and stir until the butter melts. Serve with extra butter and cracked black pepper on top.  


Nutritional information is only an estimate. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/3rd of recipe
  • Calories: 139
  • Sugar: 5.4 g
  • Sodium: 472.7 mg
  • Fat: 8.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.2 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 20.4 mg