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Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower

This Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower is creamy and buttery and full of delicious garlic flavor. It is the perfect low carb and keto substitute for mashed potatoes and, by making it in the Instant Pot, you save time and dishes!

Are you still looking for easy low carb and keto side dishes? Give this Easy Creamed Spinach or Hasselback Zucchini a try!

Instant Pot Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower in a glass serving dish with a head of cauliflower and the Instant Pot in the background.

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With just a couple of weeks until Thanksgiving, I have been trying to get myself into menu-planning mode.

I have been dealing with some health issues that have worsened over the past couple of years and can cause a lot of pain, so quick and/or easy is #1 when it comes to deciding what is going on the table.

But I know many of you have little ones, or tons of family coming over, so I know easy is something that y’all would like too.

My Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower has become a favorite of my friends and family over the years to the point that even the non-keto peeps request it! But I decided I wanted to make it even easier.

Quicker with fewer dirty dishes, that works for me! How about you?

You can dial this recipe in to meet your taste requirements too.

Try adding some parmesan cheese to it.

Not into garlic? How about adding some onion powder and sour cream?

Like it cheesy? Add shredded cheddar and some bacon crumbles.

The sky is the limit.

And really, it is all about spending time with your loved ones so any recipe that can get me out of the kitchen and hanging out with them is A #1 top rate!!

The ingredients needed to make Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower on a wooden cutting board and a white marble counter.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE INSTANT POT MASHED CAULIFLOWER

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

INGREDIENTS

Six photos of the process of making Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower.

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT MASHED CAULIFLOWER

Please see the recipe card below for the complete recipe, including measurements and cooking time!

STEP 1

Place 1 1/2 cups of bone broth into the bottom of the Instant Pot.

STEP 2

Place the trivet into the pot and put the cauliflower florets and garlic cloves on the trivet.

STEP 3

Place the lid on the instant pot and make sure the pressure release valve is set to sealing. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.

STEP 4

Perform a quick pressure release, and crack the lid open slightly. Allow it to stand for 3 minutes. Carefully drain the cauliflower and garlic and return them to the pot, mashing slightly with a potato masher.

STEP 5

Add the cream cheese, butter, 1/4 cup of the heavy cream, salt, and pepper, and blend using an immersion blender or hand mixer. Add the additional heavy cream until you get to your preferred consistency. 

STEP 6

Taste and adjust seasoning. Sprinkle with chopped chives.

Close up of Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower in a glass serving dish.

FAQS ABOUT INSTANT POT MASHED CAULIFLOWER

Can I make this Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower ahead of time and reheat it? Yes, I freeze this all of the time and reheat it when I need it. So you could refrigerate it for a couple of days, or freeze it. A note though when it comes to reheating after freezing, it can make the consistency a little thinner.

Can I make this Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower with frozen cauliflower florets instead of fresh? Absolutely! I have been known to use frozen in a pinch.

How should I store the leftover Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower? As I mentioned above, this mashed cauliflower freezes really well! I place mine in a 2-cup freezer/microwave-safe container (these plastic ones or these glass ones). It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days and in the freezer for 3 to 4 months.

A serving spoon full of Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower over the serving bowl full.

Last thoughts about Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower

As a verified cauliflower hater pre-going low carb and after watching so many of my friends and family completely change their tune about cauliflower after trying this recipe, I can tell you that this recipe is a game changer for you if you are keto but your family isn’t.

I know how hard it is when you are trying to stay low carb and no one else is.

I first started keto to lose weight but have since divorced myself from diet culture.

However, Covid came along and said, “Hey let me mess with your body so you can’t eat foods you have been eating all your life”.

So now I am eating low carb to keep my body happy.

Of course, the Mr is not low carb and really has no desire to be low carb so he is very vocal if he doesn’t like a certain dish. This dish is not one he is vocal about. He will eat it over and over again.

So let my experience be your guide. If you are looking for a must-make holiday side dish or weeknight side, this is the one you should make!

Instant Pot Mashed Cauliflower on a white plate with green beans and a chicken leg.

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