How To Cook Cauliflower 8 Different Ways

Discover eight delicious ways to cook cauliflower and make this humble vegetable shine in your kitchen.

cauliflower on a baking tray

Can You Eat Cauliflower Raw?

Yes, cauliflower can be eaten raw! It has a crunchy texture and a mildly sweet and nutty flavour when raw. Raw cauliflower florets can be enjoyed on their own as a snack or added to salads for extra crunch. Additionally, raw cauliflower can be used as a dipper for hummus or other dips. However, cooking cauliflower can also enhance its flavour and texture, so it's versatile both raw and cooked.

How To Cook Cauliflower:

Cauliflower can be cooked in several different ways. Here are some common methods:

Steam: Place cauliflower florets in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam for about 5-7 minutes until tender but still slightly firm.

Boil: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add cauliflower florets. Boil for about 5-7 minutes until tender. Drain well before serving.

Roast: Toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, salt, and your favourite spices (such as garlic powder, paprika, or cumin) on a baking sheet. Roast in a preheated oven at 220°C for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and tender, flipping occasionally.

Sauté: Heat olive oil or butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add cauliflower florets and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown and tender, about 8-10 minutes.

Mash: Boil cauliflower florets until very tender, then drain well. Mash with a potato masher or blend in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt, pepper, and any desired herbs or spices.

Grill: Toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, turning occasionally, until tender and charred.

Don’t forget about the leaves! Cooking cauliflower leaves is one of the small but important habits you can adopt to cut down on food waste in the home. Want to learn how? Visit our blog post.

How To Make Cauliflower Rice: 

  1. To start, remove the leaves from your cauliflower (reserve for a crispy pizza topping, or add into stir fry recipes) and chop the florets into chunks. 
  2. Add them to a food processor, and pulse blend until the texture is similar to rice. If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop it with a knife. 
  3. To dry out the cauliflower rice a little, heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat, and cook the riced cauliflower for 5 minutes, stirring often, until drier and translucent. Do not overcook the cauliflower rice. 

Now you can use your cauliflower rice in place of traditional rice, as seen in this recipe, or you could even try using it in place of flour, like in this cauliflower pizza recipe.

Cauliflower Recipes:

Cauliflower Cheese:

This cauliflower cheese recipe uses both the cauliflower florets, stalk and leaves. It is comfort food at its best, simple to make and relatively quick too.

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Cauliflower cheese being served with a spoon

Cauliflower Gnocchi:

Cook your cauliflower using the boiling method and create a bowl of homemade soft, pillowy cauliflower gnocchi goodness topped with the most decadent pistachio pesto.

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Cauliflower gnocchi topped with pistachio pesto

Cauliflower Pittas:

Street food inspired roasted cauliflower pittas with our very own Oddbox small batch of balti curry paste. This loaded pitta is so good and makes for a fun, delicious, and different weeknight dinner.

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Cauliflower pittas topped with coriander and pomegranate seeds on a white plate

Cauliflower Nuggets:

Use the roasting method to switch up your average weeknight dinner with these crispy BBQ beer battered cauliflower nuggets.

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Cauliflower nuggets on a white plate with crispy cauliflower leaves

Cauliflower Katsu Curry:

This vegetarian katsu curry recipe will become a family favourite in no time! The cauliflower is cut into slices through the core, dredged in flour, eggs, any milk you like, and coated in breadcrumbs. Then it's pan-fried and served with a creamy katsu curry sauce.

Cook Up A Storm
Cauliflower katsu curry on a white plate

Whole Roasted Cauliflower:

Whole cauliflower smothered in a spicy oil and baked until tender. A simple vegetarian main and an impressive alternative to your traditional sunday roast.

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Roasted cauliflower on a white plate with crispy cauliflower leaves

Cauliflower Steaks:

Tender on the inside, but crispy on the outside, these cauliflower steaks are super tasty. They're served with a lime, soy sauce and sweet chilli dressing – and they can be made ahead, frozen and cooked when ready to eat.

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Cauliflower steaks on a white plate

Cauliflower Wings:

Give these super crispy and spicy buffalo cauliflower wings a go. The cauliflower florets are oven-baked, and tossed with sweet and spicy buffalo sauce. Delicious served on a bed of greens, or on their own.

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Cauliflower wings on a white plate with a dipping sauce

Looking for more cauliflower recipes?

Give these ones a try!

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Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Ragu

Try this quick and delicious cauliflower ragu made with cupboard ingredients. Together, they are just as rich as what you'd usually get from the classic slow-cooked meat sauce.

served curried coconut butter cauliflower with white rice on a plate

Curried Coconut Butter Cauliflower

Try this quick and healthy dish, perfect for family meals. The cauliflower is marinated in a mix of coconut milk, garlic, and ginger then roasted before adding to the coconut butter sauce. Serve with fluffy rice and top with fresh coriander.

sticky honey sesame cauliflower served with rice in a bowl garnished with red chilli slices, spring onions and slice of lemon

30 Minute Meals: Sticky Honey Sesame Cauliflower

Craving that sweet & umami taste from your favourite restaurants and takeaways? Why not try your hand at whipping up a cauliflower dish to rival them at home with our guest chef Storm?