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mashed cauliflower recipe
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5 from 7 votes

Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower - So Creamy!

This is the creamiest mashed cauliflower you will ever have thanks to the cream cheese. The instant pot makes the cauliflower super soft and it purees like a dream.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, recipe for mashed cauliflower
Servings: 4
Calories: 177kcal


  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, stem and leaves removed
  • ½ Cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste


Steam the Cauliflower

  • Add the water to the Instant Pot, followed by the trivet and the head of cauliflower.  Place the lid, set to sealing, and cook for 5 minutes on high pressure.  Quick release after the cook time is finished and remove the lid.

Make the Mashed Cauliflower

  • Remove the trivet from the pot using mitts.  The cauliflower should be fall apart tender.  Add the cauliflower to a food processor, followed by the butter, cream cheese, pepper, and salt.  Puree until smooth.
  • Serve with a pat of butter and chives if desired.



  • If you want to make this without an Instant pot, steam the chopped cauliflower in a pot with 1 inch of water.  When fork tender, remove from the pot and drain.  Continue in step 2 above.


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Fiber: 3g