Twice-Baked Cauliflower (Video)
This Twice-Baked Cauliflower is a low-carb side dish that’s one of the most popular cauliflower recipes on Kalyn’s Kitchen! This is a recipe the entire family will love, and I bet once you try it your family will ask for it over and over.
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For many years now this low-carb, Keto, and gluten-free Twice-Baked Cauliflower has been one of the most popular cauliflower recipes and one of the most popular side dish recipes on my blog. Literally thousands of people make this recipe every month, and I like the recipe so much myself that I love knowing other people are enjoying it too.
In fact, this recipe is such a trademark of my site that back in 2017 when I switched my blog to WordPress and couldn’t make any changes to the site for a week, this was the post I chose to have front and center during that time. Now there’s been another update to the site, and it seems like it’s time to remove all that talk about the blog platform and focus more on the recipe itself. So let’s talk about low-carb Twice Baked Cauliflower!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- head of cauliflower
- cream cheese
- sour cream
- green onions
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- grated sharp cheddar cheese
What makes this recipe so popular?
Of course the combination of cauliflower + cheese is one of the things that starts this recipe out to be a winner. And the recipe has cream cheese, Parmesan, and sharp cheddar for lots of cheesy flavor. There is also some sour cream to up the creamy factor, and just enough crisp bacon to add plenty of bacon flavor. And the dish is finished off with just enough sliced green onions to add a bit more flavor.
Is this cauliflower recipe really baked twice?
Through the years a few readers have gently pointed out that the cauliflower is not really baked twice. And they’re right, it is boiled and mashed and then baked. But I wanted the title of the recipe to remind people of twice-baked potatoes, and twice-cooked cauliflower didn’t seem to have the same ring to it!
Can you use other kinds of cheese in the Twice-Baked Cauliflower?
Of course you are always free to switch out the ingredients in a recipe any way you prefer. But for this mega-popular recipe I really urge you to try it as the recipe is written the first time. The recipe has been consistently popular since 2008 (!) and personally I think this combination is just right!
How to Make Low-Carb and Keto Twice-Baked Cauliflower:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)
- Cut up the cauliflower and cook in boiling salted water until it’s barely soft, then drain well.
- Mash the cauliflower, leaving some chunks. (I mashed it a few times in the colander and then transferred to the pan I cooked it in and mashed a bit more.)
- Cook the bacon until it’s very crisp; then crumble bacon, slice green onions, cut cream cheese into cubes, measure sour cream, and measure Parmesan.
- Combine mashed cauliflower, cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, Parmesan, and 3/4 of the crumbled bacon.
- Put the mixture into a glass casserole dish (with a lid) that you’ve sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray, and top with sharp cheddar and the rest of the bacon.
- Bake with the lid on at 350F/180C until the mixture is bubbling and all the cheese has melted, about 30-35 minutes total. (I take the lid off for the last 10 minutes or so to brown the top a little.)
- Serve hot, and totally expect that even cauliflower-avoiders are going to go crazy over this recipe.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
Seriously, this Twice-Baked Cauliflower recipe is so popular that many people must be serving it regularly as a side dish, and I think it would be good with almost anything. But if you want some recommendations I think this would taste amazing with Chicken Cutlets with Mustard Sauce, Air Fryer Fish Sticks, Air Fryer Marinated Chicken Breasts, Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce, or Grain-Free Breaded Pork Chops.
More Popular Low-Carb Cauliflower Recipes:
- Instant Pot Loaded Cauliflower Soup
- Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad
- Cauliflower Rice Sausage Casserole
- Ham and Cauliflower Casserole au Gratin
- Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep where you’ll find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower
- 1 large head cauliflower
- 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup green onions, minced
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or more)
- 6 slices bacon, cooked until very crisp, fat blotted with paper towel and then crumbled
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- Spray a glass casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Cut out stem and core from cauliflower, and cut into small pieces.
- Cook in large pot of boiling salted water until cauliflower is tender, but not overly soft.
- Drain well and mash with potato masher (affiliate link), leaving some chunks.
- While cauliflower is cooking, cook the bacon and crumble, slice green onions, cube the cream cheese, measure sour cream, and measure Parmesan.
- Mix cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, Parmesan, and 3/4 of the crumbled bacon into the drained cauliflower.
- Spread evenly in a 1.5 Quart Glass Casserole Dish (affiliate link).
- Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and reserved bacon.
- Bake 20-25 minutes covered, or until hot and bubbly.
- Remove the lid and bake about 10 minutes more, or until the cheese is slightly browned. Serve hot.
This reheats very well and can be frozen and thawed in the fridge, then reheated.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 468mgCarbohydrates: 6.4gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 14g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cauliflower is very low in carbs, and this should be a good dish for any low-carb eating plan, including Keto. For the original South Beach Diet this is probably a once-in-a-while treat due to the amount of saturated fat, although you can make a more South Beach friendly version with light cream cheese, light sour cream, low-fat cheese, and even turkey bacon if you prefer, and it will still be delicious.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This popular recipe was first posted in 2008, probably with photos that would make me shudder if I saw them now. The recipe was last updated with more information in 2022.
334 Comments on “Twice-Baked Cauliflower (Video)”
While I don’t do the SB diet, I am diabetic and have to watch my carbs. I once tried smashed cauliflower at a restaurant and loved it. Since then, I’ve tried to find a recipe I liked. I think this is it. It was really great…thanks for sharing it!! I even posted about it on my blog!
Carolyn, thanks but credit should go to Karen Barnaby. I just adapted her recipe, and I agree, it’s totally a winner! You might check out her cookbook. There are so many other interesting recipes, and the book is so old now I bet you can get it on Amazon.com for just a few dollars.
This recipe is a real winner, Kalyn. It’s also very flexible – I’ve made it several times and I don’t always have everything in the ingredient list, but you just substitute or make do without. And it’s still wonderful. I’m posting the recipe on my blog, and giving you all the credit, though. Thanks so much for another great recipe.
This is true comfort food, Kayln!
I think it will work with the ham we are having.
This sounds fantastic. We have some orange cauliflower sitting in the fridge at the moment…but none of the other ingredients (I’m in the opposite situation from where Alanna was when she wrote her comment…), but that’s easily remedied. I’m dying to make this!
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Thanks everyone. I see I’ve been too busy teaching school and getting behind on responding to my comments, but never fear, I read them all and appreciate you guys.
wow, i think i actually drooled on my keyboard! can’t wait to try this. and i agree with jeff, bacon makes everything taste better! 🙂
Sounds sooo good. Will definitely try this. Reminds me of a dish my mother-in-law used to serve using rutabaga so I think you could substitute rutabaga for the cauliflower for a change. (Might want to leave the butter in for that.)
Oh my! I really love twice baked potatoes with all the fixings–and that’s a lovely substitute. And cauliflower is very popular in our house–so perfect!
This just looks devine. The crust is gorgeous. I prefer dry heat methods of cooking cauliflower anyway and this just looks sooo good!
I LOVE Karen Barnaby! This cauliflower dish sounds too good. I’m going to try this very soon.
I love cauliflower too…actually I love all those vegetabes that people generally tend to hate…broccoli, green beans etc..
I prepare twice baked cauliflower too with indian spices and tomatoes. It’s just heavenly!
I’ll try your version the next time I’m hankering for some cheese
Fantastic Kalyn! I love cauliflower too and usually do it ‘South Beach mashed potato style’. This is a great new twist that I’ll be trying this fall.
Talk about comfort food! Yum.
Let me just add that even if you think you *don’t* like cauliflower, you should try it. Or some version of roasted cauliflower… Poor ugly vegetable got such a bad reputation somehow, and your recipe ought to fix that right up. 🙂
Oh this looks and sounds WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for posting I’m totally going to make this. My mouth is watering already!!!!
Bacon makes all taste so much better
I have everything except the cauliflower: easy to fix THAT.
Absolutely delicious, and I think it’d be a perfect side for any dinner table!
That I’ve got to try.