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)”
My husband and I love this dish❤️ Great alternative to potatoes! THank you!
So glad you are enjoying it Marsha!
This was so delicious and easy. I had a package of frozen Traders roasted cauliflower and once heated, followed the recipe exactly. Hubby raved about it and did not miss his mashed potatoes. A real winner.
Thanks for the blog and fabulous recipes.
So glad to hear you enjoyed it!
What is your point? If the recipe doesn’t appeal to you, just don’t make it.
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Love this! We’re trying to clean out our fridge & freezer so used 2 bags of frozen cauliflower, steamed it and partially mashed it. Did add some hot sauce just because I add it to almost everything. My husband thinks it would better as filling for stuffed peppers but I like it as is.
So glad you liked it! I like the idea of adding hot sauce!
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So glad I came across this recipe. very simple but great! I cooked it for Thanksgiving and it was the hit of the meal. I did use 3 small heads of cauliflower though – so added a bit more green onions, one block of cream cheese upped the Parmesan and sour cream – and added more salt. Fantastic!
Edie, so glad you enjoyed it!
I made it this morning and it is completely baked and ready to go but we don’t go to Thanksgiving dinner until 5. What’s the best way to reheat this? Do you think that it will work alright in the microwave as I think there will be limited oven space where we are going
I think the microwave will be fine!
I reheated it today as well in an oven at 350 for about 20 mins and it was great.
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I am surprised at that also. My husband and I are both low carb. We hosted Thanksgiving last year and made this so we could have a low carb side besides salad and plain veggies. We told everyone it was a low carb dish but everyone tasted it and it was the only dish that was completely empty after dinner. Everyone loved it.
Glad your guests enjoyed it so much!
I just made this recipe. Oh my goodness this is so delicious!! I will be making this for a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. Thank you so much for sharing!!
Thanks LuAnn, so glad you enjoyed it!
I know, people are so interesting sometimes. Thanks for the support!
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Very surprised to hear that. You can see all the raving comments and everyone I know (low-carb eaters or not) love this recipe. Sorry you had that experience. If there is one thing I know from blogging, it’s that everyone has different tastebuds!
Best cauliflower treatment yet – and mega bonus points for something that freezes/reheats! Instant-potted the cauliflower and separated the florets and chunky stalks after, and served it with instant pot butter chicken from myheartbeets. The flavor combo is just off the hook. This “cheesy cauli cassie” is going on the Repeat list – my wife would kill me if it didn’t!
So goad you liked it! And that Butter Chicken has been on my list for a while now so I guess I’ll have to try it!
Can riced cauliflower be used instead of a whole head of cauliflower?
Several other people have asked that, and I’m sure it will still taste good. But personally I prefer the chunkier texture of starting with a whole cauliflower for this recipe.
I’ve been wanting to try something like this for quite a while, but since I’m not a cauliflower fan, I couldn’t bring myself to. Lo and behold, my husband and I decided to try Keto, and so I figured I had nothing to lose. I made this a few days ago and OMG it was delicious. My husband is former military and will eat ANYTHING even if he hates it. If he likes it, he’ll go back for seconds but won’t give a compliment. This dish not only ended up with a second helping, but a “This is delicious!”. I ran out of sour cream, so I used heavy whipping cream instead. I’m making it again right now, and I’m out of the sour cream AND parmesan, so now I’m using more cream cheese to make up the difference. I’m convinced it will be every bit as tasty. It also reheats well in the microwave so I can take the leftovers to work and enjoy them. This recipe definitely makes me more willing to try cauliflower in the future in other dishes.
Hi Jennifer, so glad to hear you both enjoyed it and happy to hear I was able to entice you to try cauliflower! There are so many ways to make it taste good!
I’ve been making this for a few years now and love it!! I usually pair it with your pesto baked chicken. It’s so good that even my picky teen likes it! Thanks for so many great recipes!
So glad you are enjoying it!