How To Cut Cauliflower
Learn How To Cut Cauliflower into florets with this easy step-by-step tutorial, and make any cauliflower recipe in no time.
I am passionate about cauliflower because it’s versatile and can be turned into so many delicious recipes.
You can turn cauliflower into rice and make keto rice or even make a cauliflower pizza crust with it.
But, the common starting point of all cauliflower recipes is that it needs to be cut into florets like in my roasted cauliflower recipe or cauliflower potato salad.
And if you are a beginner at cooking with cauliflower, it can be intimidating to cut this round-like cruciferous vegetable into florets.
So let me share my favorite way to release florets from the head of a cauliflower.
How To Cut Cauliflower Step By Step
There’s nothing complicated about cutting cauliflower, as long as you have the right tools.
- Sharp chef knives with a long blade that is not serrated.
- A small chef knife
- A large cutting board
Step 1: Place The Cauliflower Upside Down
Bring the head of cauliflower upside down on the chopping board.
The base of the cauliflower’s stem should be facing up.
Step 2: Cutting The Leaves
Using a long sharp knife, cut the leaves from the base. You can compost, discard, or cook the outer leaves of the cauliflower.
They are edible and can be used in a cauliflower soup for a waste-free cauliflower recipe.
Step 3: Removing From Spotting
Using a small sharp knife, grate or cut the small brown spotting that may appear on the vegetable’s white head.
Discard these parts.
Step 4: Cutting Florets
Using the sharp knife, remove the core, the center part in the base of the vegetable.
Step 5: Releasing Florets
Keep cutting around the base in a circular pattern to release the florets from the stem.
At this time, you end up with fairly large florets.
Step 6: Cutting Into Small Florets
Now, you have two options. You can use a smaller knife to cut the larger florets in half or break the florets with your hands.
Cutting Cauliflower Into Steaks
Follow steps 1 to 3 from above, then place the cauliflower head with its base touching the cutting board. Next, cut thick slices lengthwise to release the steak.
The center part of the cauliflower provides the best steaks, while the edges tend to fall apart into florets.
As a result, you won’t get more than 3-4 perfect cauliflower steaks from a head of cauliflower.
Ways To Cook Cauliflower
Now that you get cauliflower florets, you have many option to cook them.
You can make:
- Steamed cauliflower – Perfect as a side dish or great to make my keto cauliflower mac and cheese or mashed cauliflower recipe.
- Roasted cauliflower – The most delicious side dish or great to make roast cauliflower salads.
- Cauliflower Rice – it means pulsing the florets in a food processor into a rice like texture. Many of my recipes use cauliflower rice like my cauliflower waffles or cauliflower coconut rice.
- Boiled Cauliflower – like in my cauliflower alfredo sauce recipe.
- Microwaved Cauliflower – like my keto hummus recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are my answers to your most common questions about cauliflower.
Is Cauliflower Good For You?
Cauliflower is a low-carb, low-calorie, high-fiber vegetable packed with vitamins and nutrients like many vegetables.
It also has the power to mimic high-carb, higher-calorie vegetables like potatoes. As a result, it’s an excellent vegetable for people looking to lose weight.
It keeps you full while providing taste, texture, and nutrients. Also, for people with diabetes, it won’t trigger insulin spikes.
Can Freeze Cauliflower?
After releasing the florets, steam or boil the cauliflower for 5-6 minutes.
Let it cool down entirely in a colander before freezing in zip-lock bags.
Thaw the cauliflower in the fridge the day before.
How Can I Tell If Cauliflower Turned Bad?
Cauliflower that has turned bad shows many brown, black spots, and the florets are not hard and tight.
In fact, old cauliflower has soft, dry florets that spread apart.
My Favorite Cauliflower Recipes
Below I listed my favorite cauliflower recipes for you to try. It includes side dishes, meals, and more ways to integrate cauliflower into your day.
Have you tried this cauliflower tutorial? Let me know which cauliflower recipe you made with it!
How To Cut Cauliflower
Want My Kitchen Equipment?
- 1 head Cauliflower
- Place the cauliflower head on a cutting board and cut/grate the eventual black spots on the flesh using a small sharp knife.
- Place the head upside down on the board with the base of the cauliflower facing up.
- Using a long shark chef knife, cut out the leaves from the base.
- Then, remove the center core of the cauliflower.
- Finally, cut around, progressing in a circular motion around the center base, to release large florets.
- Cut the large florets into smaller pieces by hand or use the knife to halve them.
- Watch my step-by-step pictures above in this post for visual help.
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