Cauliflower: it's one of the trendiest vegetables you can eat right now. And also one of the most delicious! We've found our favourite 42 recipes – including cauliflower recipes with cheese, Indian cauliflower recipes, baked cauliflower recipes, mashed cauliflower recipes, cauliflower soup recipes and cauliflower curry recipes – for you to try at home.
Some quick facts for you: cauliflower is a member of the brassica family and while it's almost always white, you can also find purple and green varieties. It's available all-year round but is best between December and mid-April; choose cauliflowers with bright white heads (no discolouration) and crisp, green leaves.
CAULIFLOWER 'STEAK' RECIPES
Put cauliflower at the centre in this vitamin-rich vegetarian meal, accompanied by a vibrant pepper sauce and a fried egg for extra protein. Discover our best cauli steak recipes here.
Check out our easy deep-fried cauliflower steaks with lightly toasted ciabatta rolls. Make these super simple veggie burgers for a quick dinner for four.
Check out our vegan cauli steak recipe with punchy jerk spice and soft red kidney beans. This easy dish serves two for a super simple low calorie meal.
Crispy buttery capers are poured over tender, caramelised cauli steaks. No we’re not saying they taste like a steak, but they are just as good!
Did you meet our April 2016 cover star? We’re still making this beautiful recipe most weeks. There's also a how-to video that goes with this recipe, if you need some help.
Leave out the Worcestershire sauce to make this awesome recipe truly vegetarian. Need help? This one comes with it's own how-to video!
ROASTED CAULIFLOWER RECIPES
Tajín is a classic Mexican seasoning made from lime, chilli and salt. It works so well on these moreish cauli bites with the cooling soured cream.
There’s a careful balance of flavours here – a sweetness from the honey, a warming spice from the harissa, a freshness from the lemon – and they’re all soaked up by the perfectly roasted cauliflower, becoming a wonderfully hearty and warm salad.
Check out our veggie korma recipe with roast cauliflower. This curry recipe is low in calories and ready in just 30 minutes, ideal for an easy midweek dinner.
Check out our veggie buffalo wings with cauliflower and creamy blue cheese dip. Make these easy wings for a moreish veggie snack.
Check out this Indian spiced whole roasted cauliflower with fluffy rice, pomegranate seeds and crunchy pistachios. This flavoursome recipe makes a showstoping veggie dish to serve friends and family at your next bbq.
A creamy tahini dressing and pink pickled onions make this a multi-tasking main, starter or side.
Topped with toasted hazelnuts, garam masala, tangy capers and a creamy yogurt raita. These would make a lovely side for a curry, or tandoori lamb steaks.
Shawarma-spiced butter with cumin, all spice, cardamom, lemon and garlic, liberally smothered over a whole cauliflower, barbecued and served with all the toppings. This tastes even better than it looks!
CAULIFLOWER RICE & COUSCOUS RECIPES
When blitzed in a food processor, cauliflower resembles fine grains that can be used as a substitution for rice or couscous. You can stir-fry it, roast it or blast it in a microwave for a quick and healthy alternative to carbohydrates.
It’s great for vegetable and protein-packed bowls. Fry cauliflower rice in a drizzle of oil with salt and pepper and a few herbs or spices if you like. Tip into a bowl and top with grilled chicken, roasted veggies, lentils, beans, chickpeas, a few seeds and a dollop of yogurt or guacamole, and you’ve got yourself a super healthy protein-rich dinner.
Here are some of our favourite ways with cauliflower rice...
Aubergine soaks up flavours, so when paired with cinnamon and harissa this stew has loads going on. Serve with spiced cauliflower rice for a veg-packed vegan supper.
Spicy and smoky chorizo, juicy prawns and hot paprika make this a quick but just-as-good alternative to the rice version.
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA AND TACO RECIPES
Oh hello low-carb cauli pizzas! How you’ve changed no-pizza diet plans for us…
These vegan, low calorie buffalo cauliflower tacos are ready in just 35 minutes and are so packed with flavour that you won't even notice you're being virtuous.
CAULIFOWER SOUP RECIPES
Check out our creamy spiced cauli soup recipe. This simple veggie soup is low in calories and ready in under an hour.
Traditional cauliflower soup, not so traditional croutons. Parmesan puff pastry straws make this an impressive but super easy dinner party starter.
Sprinkle with rosemary salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Cannellini beans will fill you up for longer, too.
There are some good cheesy soups out there… but this one just topped them all.
CAULIFLOWER RICE RECIPES
Rich, smoky kedgeree is topped with sweet and sour pickled cauliflower. Stir through the egg yolk before serving for extra creaminess.
This is a great pilaf/curry combo. Add tandoori grilled salmon, chicken or crispy chickpeas for extra protein.
CAULIFLOWER CURRY RECIPES
This coconut based cauli curry is uber fragrant, thanks to curry leaves, mustard seeds, lemongrass and lots of ginger. The smell alone will get people running to the dinner table.
This curry is great as a veggie main. It’s easily doubled and uses fresh tomatoes for a light, fragrant sauce spiced with cumin seeds and green chillies.
CAULIFLOWER FRITTER RECIPES
Healthy and fried? Don’t worry, we’ve done the maths for the calories. Shallow fried, drained and served with a veg-packed spicy peperonata, anyone would be happy to chow down on these.
A light yet crisp, fluffy batter encases clouds of cauliflower. They met a dressing of lemon and capers and lived happily ever after.
Cauli cheese, but not as you know it! Served with a chunky romesco, these make a great lunch or starter. You could even make mini fritters as a canapé.
CAULIFLOWER MASH & PUREE RECIPES
This will change your plans for mid-week meal, FACT. It’s that good, we promise you.
Mustard and pork is a well-known winner – add cauli mash to mix things up a bit.
CHARRED CAULIFLOWER RECIPES
Try cooking with beer this weekend. Wheat beers are fresher tasting, usually with citrus notes and a creamy finish – great in cream or butter sauces. Serve this charred cauliflower recipe with roast chicken, grilled fish or braised lentils.
Ultimate kebab side dish, just don’t tell anyone it’s healthy! Serve with Le Bab’s epic paneer kebab for a modern kebab inspired dinner.
CAULIFLOWER CHEESE RECIPES
Cauli cheese. Arguably one of the heroes of British food. Is it really a roast dinner if there’s no super cheesy, crispy-topped, piping hot cauliflower cheese on the table? Easy to make, you may argue, but follow these handy hints and tips to make it unreal.
Yes it’s an obvious one. But is it delicious? Exactly. Where would cauliflower be without cheese.
How to make cauli cheese better – have higher cheese content, obviously!
This cheese on toast is next-level.
Ultimate comfort food. Serve with roast beef or chicken to up your roast game.
Cauli, cheese, sage, breadcrumbs. This is the God of winter comforts. Oh, my.
Check out our vibrant cauliflower salad recipe with giant couscous, crispy fried onions and a punchy zhoug dressing. This easy salad is vegan and low in calories, too.
This recipe takes the textures and flavours of a larb salad (usually made with minced chicken or pork) but gives it a veggie twist with cauliflower and some red chilli thrown in for an extra kick of flavour. You can also swap the fish sauce for soy to make it vegan, if you like.
This romanesco cauliflower recipe with pink lady apples and freekeh, dressed with fresh horseradish and dill, is a healthy veggie meal for the family. The cauliflower stalks are delicious, yet often they end up being discarded. Here, they’re used as part of the dressing
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