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Mashed cauliflower in a bowl with herbs and butter.
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5 from 15 votes

Mashed Cauliflower with Garlic and Herbs

Mashed cauliflower (cauliflower mashed potatoes) are a healthy, low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. And bonus, you'll be eating more veggies and most won't even know the difference. Watch the video above!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, How to Make Mashed Cauliflower, Mashed Cauliflower, Mashed Cauliflower Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 84.6kcal
Author: Lisa Bryan


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1-2 tsp finely chopped herbs thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, chives, etc


  • Trim the leaves off the cauliflower and cut off the florets. Rinse the florets under water.
  • Heat 1-inch of water in a pot on medium heat and bring to a boil. Place a steamer insert in the pot and add the cauliflower florets. Steam for 6-8 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower is steaming, heat the olive oil in a small pan on medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then remove from the heat.
  • Remove the steamed cauliflower from the pot, drain the water from the pot, then add the cauliflower back in. Add the olive oil, garlic, chopped herbs and any optional ingredients.
  • Use a potato masher or handheld stick blender to mash the cauliflower. Serve immediately.



  • Be careful not to overcook the cauliflower or else your cauliflower mash might end up more of a cauliflower puree. The same can be said if you use a food processor instead of using a potato masher or handheld stick blender. The goal is to gently mash, not to puree.


Calories: 84.6kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.9g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.7g | Sodium: 63.3mg | Fiber: 4.2g | Sugar: 4g