Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Mashed potatoes, though creamy and comforting,  are also high in carbohydrates and calories. Mashed cauliflower, on the other hand, is creamy and comforting, but low in both carbs and calories. It’s also dense in vitamins and minerals, being an good source of vitamin C and managanese, both of which are antioxidants, and containing vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids.

This is one of the easiest cauliflower dishes to prepare- all you have to do is chop the cauliflower, boil, and mash! We’ve added in some sautèed garlic in olive oil for extra flavor, but you don’t have to.

What would mashed cauliflower be delicious with? It would make a great side for our New York Strip Steak with Mushroom Gravy and Caramelized Onionsor Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Super nutritious and easy to make, this mashed cauliflower recipe will quickly become a favorite.
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Keto, Quick and Easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 49kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 cauliflower medium head, cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup milk skim or reduced-fat; substitute with unsweetened non-dairy milk or 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper freshly ground, to taste


  • Boil a large pot of salted water. Add cauliflower and cook until very tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a separate saute pan, warm olive oil over medium-low heat, add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, or until the garlic is golden and fragrant. Remove from the heat.
  • Mash with a potato masher in a large bowl. For a smoother mashed cauliflower, use an immersion or hand blender to puree, or puree it in the food processor. While mixing, slowly add milk until the desired consistency is achieved. Mix in the salt and pepper and the minced garlic with the olive oil. Serve.
  • Mashed cauliflower can be topped with chopped scallions if desired.


Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 306mg | Fiber: 1g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2

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8 Comments on "Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower"

  1. april  September 28, 2014

    Can you use frozen cauliflower?

    • SkinnyMs  September 29, 2014

      April, This may come out too watery with the frozen cauliflower, though you can try and drain well and add any extra liquid such as the milk slowly (if adding any) to achieve the right consistancy.

      • Lee Donovan  November 4, 2014

        Steam or microwave the frozen cauliflower (and if microwaving pour off any liquid that's released before you mash/purée).

        If you boil, it will be too watery as SkinnyMs said.

  2. Shawna  October 27, 2014

    I'm not a fan at all of vegetables (just the starchy ones) and its almost a fear to try them but its imperative I start eating healthy. Does this taste like mashed potatoes or cauliflower?

    • SkinnyMs  October 28, 2014

      Shawna, The texture is like mashed potatoes, but if you don't like cauliflower you may taste it.

      • Lee Donovan  November 4, 2014

        Personally I've found the opposite. I _loathe_ cauliflower excelt when it masked by curry or cheese sauces. I've found recently however that cauliflower puree, and cauliflower rice, are mild/starchy enough not to trigger my reaction to plain boiled cauliflower.

        It may just be me though.

  3. Patti  March 10, 2015

    Is this considered an "E" or "S"?

  4. Lena  April 17, 2018

    Patti, you may want to consult THM for that answer.


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