Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

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Cheesy, garlicky, flavor loaded mashed cauliflower prepared in the Instant Pot! This is the perfect, most delicious low-carb swap for mashed potatoes!

Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower, bacon, cheddar cheese

Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower is super quick to make, it’s also very tasty, and a much healthier alternative to potatoes.

MASHED CAULIFLOWER

I won’t say that mashed cauliflower tastes JUST like my Country Style Garlic Mashed Potatoes, BUT the texture is pretty much spot on and it is delicious! Besides, when you add on all the wonderful toppings – bacon makes it all better – you will forget that you’re eating veggies and not taters.

head of cauliflower

This is also the fastest side dish you’ll ever make. I think?! The cauliflower takes like 3 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot.

HOW TO MAKE MASHED CAULIFLOWER IN THE INSTANT POT?

  1. Set the steamer basket inside the Instant Pot. (I don’t always use the steamer basket, so I can definitely tell you that it works even without it)
  2. Break up the cauliflower into florets and transfer to the basket inside the Instant Pot.
  3. Cook the cauliflower for 3 minutes with water or chicken stock.
  4. When the cauliflower is done cooking, drain out all of the liquid.
  5. Transfer the cauliflower to a food processor or blender; add a bit of butter, some sour cream, and your choice of seasonings.
  6. Process until it starts to resemble mashed potatoes – this will take just seconds. You can also use a masher, though the mixture won’t be as creamy.

Instant Pot Cauliflower

HOW DO YOU MAKE LOADED MASHED CAULIFLOWER?

  1. While the cauliflower is cooking in the instant pot, fry up some bacon and crumble it. Also prepare your shredded cheese and slice up some green onions.
  2. Put the mashed cauliflower in a baking dish; top with shredded cheese and crumbled bacon.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  4. Garnish with green onions and serve.

Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower, bacon, cheese

Surprisingly, even my pickiest eater enjoyed this loaded mashed cauliflower and she didn’t (and still doesn’t) know that it wasn’t potatoes… #mommywins!

Incredibly tasty, yet healthier, this twist on the favorite classic is the best we’ve had. It’s also great without the cheese and bacon, but it’s better with it. Keepin’ it real.

Instant Pot, Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

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ENJOY!

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Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Cauliflower - Cheesy, garlicky, flavor loaded mashed cauliflower prepared in the Instant Pot! This is the perfect, most delicious low-carb swap for mashed potatoes!
Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Cauliflower
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Cheesy, garlicky, flavor loaded mashed cauliflower prepared in the Instant Pot! This is the perfect, most delicious low-carb swap for mashed potatoes!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 235 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower, core removed and roughly cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 cups water, you can also use chicken broth
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder, (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste (optional)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup fat free shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices low sodium thick cut bacon, cooked to a crisp and diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Place steamer basket inside your Instant Pot.
  3. Transfer prepared cauliflower to the basket inside the Instant Pot.
  4. Close the lid and set the valve to sealing.
  5. Set on manual setting and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.
  6. Use the quick release function to release the pressure.
  7. Drain out all of the liquid and transfer the cauliflower to a food processor or blender.
  8. Add garlic, butter, sour cream, dry mustard, chili powder, salt, and pepper to the blender; process until blended and creamy. I recommend using the pulse function because you have more control over how creamy or chunky you want your mashed cauliflower.
  9. Transfer the cauliflower mixture to a baking dish.

  10. Top with cheeses and prepared bacon; bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

  11. Sprinkle green onions over the top.
  12. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS: 6

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 486mg20%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 168mg17%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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15 Responses
  1. Jocelyn

    Your first instruction say to add milk? But the recipe card doesn’t have milk in the ingredients… Would you please clarify for me? Thank you! I can’t wait to make this for Thanksgiving 🙂

  2. Rosalee Adams

    Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy but I love just steamed cauliflower
    florets and then a bit of butter after it is finished
    I also love it mixed with broccoli same way
    ALL the cruciferous veggies are to die for………..

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