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20 Cauliflower Recipes to Make for Dinner Tonight

The beauty of cauliflower is its versatility. I mean, this brassica is a total powerhouse in the kitchen. And as time goes on, there’s more and more we’re learning it can do. You can turn it into a creamy mash that rivals potatoes, slice it into steaks for the grill, grate it into “rice,” and even use it to make pizza crust. And let’s not forget that a simple pan of roasted cauliflower is downright delicious.

This sturdy vegetable has a mild flavor, making it a blank canvas for spices and sauces, and can be used in a number of surprising ways — which makes getting more of it into your diet easy. All you need is a little inspiration, and we’ve got 20 cauliflower recipes to do just that.

1. Easy Vegetarian Tikka Masala

This meat-free dish takes a lighter spin by loading up on knobby cauliflower florets, thick-cut carrots, and peas.

Get the recipe: Easy Vegetarian Tikka Masala

2. Grilled Open-Faced Cauliflower Banh Mi

3. Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Inspired by loaded baked potatoes, cauliflower florets take the lead in this cheesy low-carb casserole.

Get the recipe: Loaded Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

4. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bowls with Avocado and Green Tahini

5. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

What if I told you that you could have a rich and creamy bowl of mac and cheese while also packing in over a pound of cauliflower? This recipe does just that, thanks to a base of cheesy cauliflower sauce.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

6. Buffalo Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

Looking for a new snack for game day? These Buffalo wing-inspired wraps may be more wholesome than the classic, but they’re no less satisfying, thanks to the sprinkle of crunchy celery and tangy blue cheese.

Get the recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

7. Purple Cauliflower Hummus

Sure, regular white cauliflower will work just fine for this recipe, but if you can get your hands on the purple variety you’ll be rewarded with one striking appetizer.

Get the recipe: Purple Cauliflower Hummus

8. Upside-Down Chicken Curry Bowl

Roasted cauliflower tossed with curry powder and lemon juice adds extra bulk to this already-hefty, dinner-worthy chicken, lentil, and vegetable bowl.

Get the recipe: Upside-Down Chicken Curry Bowl

9. Mediterranean Cauliflower Couscous Salad

10. Orzo Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Pine Nuts, and Parsley

11. Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

12. Cauliflower Fritters with Mint & Pea Spread

Chickpea flour helps keep these fritters together, while also making them gluten-free. Try any leftover fritters stuffed into pita for a sandwich, or topped with a fried egg for breakfast.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Fritters with Mint & Pea Spread

Serve thick slices of this savory cake — spiced with turmeric and full of grated Parmesan — alongside a simple green salad and you’ve got dinner.

Get the recipe: Cauliflower Cake

14. Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin

15. Cauliflower and Mushroom Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

16. Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry

This Chinese stir-fry makes a great vegetarian main dish, thanks to the meaty cauliflower. Serve it over cooked rice and you’ve got a spicy and satisfying dinner.

Get the recipe: Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry

17. Creamy Braised Cauliflower with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

18. Fried Cauliflower Rice

This deceptive dish might just have you thinking you’re eating regular rice, but in fact the “grains” are nothing but cauliflower florets that have been blitzed in a food processor until crumbly.

Get the recipe: Fried Cauliflower Rice

(Image credit: Faith Durand)

19. Grilled Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Steaks

If you can’t grill these cauliflower steaks outside for whatever reason, they are equally as good cooked inside on a grill pan or even roasted on a sheet pan in the oven.

Get the recipe: Grilled Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Steaks

20. Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice with Kalua Pork


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