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Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower (Video)

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower is a side dish that the entire family will love, and this tasty cauliflower dish is also Keto, low-glycemic, and gluten-free. Use Cauliflower Recipes to find more recipes like this one!

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Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com
Today I have an exciting announcement, although I have to confess that for me personally it’s definitely a nervous excitement. Twelve years ago I started blogging here on a low-tech blogging platform called Blogger, never imagining what the site would turn into. I was pretty low-tech myself, so the simplicity of it suited me well. Then a few years into what had turned into a blogging career I hired the fabulous Jennette, who managed to make my Blogger site pretty great within the limitations of that platform.

Through the years I watched my friends who were on Blogger move to WordPress, but by then my site had so many posts that I was scared to move. But it gave me courage when my friend Gina successfully moved to WordPress about a year ago, and I loved her new site. So I made a decision and in my Welcome 2017 post, I talked about wanting my site to work for all types of carb-conscious eating, and mentioned changes I was making. And then I waited a long time for the talented folks at Purr Design to get to me on the long list of bloggers wanting to work with them.

In the meantime, blogging and everything web-based kept getting much more complex. Google controls the web, and they now require special back-end recipe coding and a secure connection to send search engine traffic. I couldn’t do those things on the current site, so I really couldn’t wait any longer, even if I was nervous about it.

So today I’m sharing this updated recipe for Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower, and then I won’t be posting anything here for about a week while we move all the content here to the new WordPress site. I think it’s fitting that it’s this popular and amazingly delicious cauliflower recipe that I’m leaving you with, because it completely represents the kind of low-carb but drool-worth foods I like to cook. And this recipe can be low-carb or Keto if you use high fat dairy and a liberal amount of bacon, but if you’re a low-glycemic eater, or someone following the South Beach Diet, it will still be delicious with lower-fat dairy and even turkey bacon if you want to use that. I believe everyone gets to make their own food choices, and I want to make that possible when I can!

The new site is going to be beautiful, I can promise you that. I hope long-time readers will take a look at the desktop version when it’s up, which is where the impressive new features will be most noticeable. But moving all the recipes from an enormous site like this is complicated, not to mention all the things I did wrong in the early days when I had no idea what I was doing. And since I already moved Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker to WordPress, I know that after it’s moved there will be lots of editing to get things looking perfect again. I hope people will be patient for the first little while, as we iron out the kinks. And everyone repeat after me: CHANGE IS GOOD!

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

Now let’s make some Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower! Cut up the cauliflower and cook in boiling salted water until it’s barely soft, then drain and mash, 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; then crumble bacon, slice green onions, cut cream cheese into cubes, measure sour cream, and measure Parmesan.

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.)

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot, and totally expect that even cauliflower-avoiders are going to go crazy over this. (And as I am typing up this post I’m eating my last container of leftovers and I’m already planning to make it again soon!)

More Tasty Low-Carb Cauliflower Recipes:

Instant Pot Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Soup ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Cauliflower Deep Dish Pizza ~ Sugar Free Mom
Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Cauliflower Rice Mushroom Risotto ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Baked Cauliflower Casserole with Goat Cheese ~ Cookin’ Canuck

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or more)
  • 6 slices bacon (or more), cooked until very crisp, fat blotted with paper towel and then crumbled
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese


  1. 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, leaving some chunks.
  2. 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.
  3. Spread evenly in a 1.5 Quart Glass Casserole Dish. 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 adapted slightly from The Low Carb Gourmet.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cauliflower is very low in carbs, and this should be a good dish for most any low-carb eating plans, including Keto. For the South Beach Diet it’s 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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314 comments on “Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower (Video)”

  1. 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.

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  3. 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!

  4. 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

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  6. 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.

  7. 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!! 

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  11. I’m a fan of Kalyn, I made this cauliflower twice baked recipe today, and really looked forward to it. All the things I love..cream cheese ( a special purchase for this recipe) sour cream, parma etc. I flowed the recipe exact, no changes and was/am surprised at how much I did  not like it…AT ALL, so after my portion, it was dumped. I had made a special trip to get the bacon at the  butcher..and more of the parma cheese…Anyway, Not many times I’ve been so let down and disappointed w/a recipe from kalyn…I’ll live, but still very disappointed. Rj

    • 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. This recipe is amazing! A diabetic friend shared this with me. I’m keto and my husband is diabetic. This was a big WIN for us! Sharing with other keto friends as well! Thank you so much!

  17. I made this for dinner tonight and it was so delicious!!  I need help with the nutrition facts though.  I tried to find it on Yummly with no luck.  Help please as I religiously load everything I eat into my food diary.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

      It’s working in Yummly for me. You click the orange YUM button at the top of the recipe. Then an orange box pops up on the right with the recipe. You click “View Recipe Box” which takes you to all the recipes you’ve saved. This should be the first recipe there, you click it to see the nutritional info below the ingredients.

      If you can’t get that to work you’ll have to copy the recipe and enter it into the nutrition analyzer.

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  19.  How can I tell which one of your recipes are Freezer friendly

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  21. Made this last night and everyone loved it! Definitely will become a new staple at our house. I exchanged the cream cheese for neufchatel and the sour cream for Greek yogurt. Sharing your link on my “Friday Favorites” blog post this week!

  22. I am wondering if I can assemble the dish tonight, then pop it into the oven in the morning since we are traveling? It looks delish & I cant wait to try it. 

  23. This turned out so delicious, it’s addictive! I didn’t have any bacon, so I used real bacon bits from a bag and it was still awesome. Will definitely make this again. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  24. Looks good. Making for Easter.

  25. Can’t wait to give this a try!!

  26. It looks delicious, but why is it called ‘Twice Baked’? It’s boiled, then baked. *scratching head*

  27. I’ve got this recipe in the oven right now and can’t wait to try!! Although.. my casserole dish doesn’t have a lid so I wonder if it will still be ok?

  28. This was fantastic!!!  According to my kids it was “the bomb”!  They think I’m a great mom for making “potato” casserole and I think my kids are great for eating their veggies without whining!!  Thanks so much!!

  29. How big is a serving size?

    • The recipe says 6-8 servings, so that’s up to you whether to eat 1/6 or 1/8 of the dish. If you’re calculating nutritional info just divide by 6 or 8 depending on how much you choose to eat. I can’t answer any more specifically than that.

  30. I subbed radishes for the cauliflower as I am allergic, but followed the rest of the recipe to a T, and it was PHENOMENAL!!! Thanks for this recipe – we will definitely be saving this one!!

  31. This is so delicious! 

  32. This is a delicious recipe! So much flavor happening! The whole family enjoyed it very much! Thanks!!! <3

  33. Hello, this is amazing! A friend at work let me taste it and I can’t wait to trick my family into eating cauliflower!!!  Any suggestions for what to serve this with?

  34. Made this last night and it was delicious! My husband is not a huge fan of cauliflower but it looked so delicious that he tried some and loved it!!!

  35. The very first KEto recipe that I tried. Loved it and have been following this woe ever since.

  36. Would any of the times/proportions change if I used broccoli rather than cauliflower? It’s what I have on hand and this recipe sounds yummy enough to make for weeknight dinner this week.

    • I can’t really answer that since I haven’t ever considered making this with broccoli, but it might be interesting.
      I do think broccoli will cook much faster than cauliflower if you decide to try it.

  37.  Hi there tried this last night and it is amazing but I’m trying to keep my carbs under 20 on the keto lifestyle. 
     What are the carbs for one serving?

    • I’m not able to provide nutritional information for the recipes for several reasons, including the additional time it takes, the difficulty in doing it accurately, and the sheer number of recipes on my site. If you look after the recipe itself, I give two links (where it says “Nutritional Information”) for suggestions of two ways to get that information. That’s all I can do at this time.

      However, I’ve been a carb-conscious eater for many years, so I am well aware of what foods are low in carbs. Just can’t edit over 2,000 recipes to add that info, and I know once I do it on one recipe people will expect to see it on every recipe

  38. Loved it. We had it for dinner tonight.

  39. Walmart & Publix stores in central Florida carry raw riced cauliflower in the produce department. One bag equals about 1/2 a medium head. Great time saver & less mess! Since I use a lot of riced cauliflower these days in various recipes, I find this product helps keep me on track when busy and/or tired. Can’t wait to try this recipe, looks scrumptious!

  40. Can the pte-riced cauliflower found in the freezer section be used in this recipe?? Just wondering how it would be incorporated.

    • I’m a fan of that pre-riced cauliflower but personally I’d prefer fresh cauliflower for this dish. I like it slightly chunky. I think the pre-riced cauliflower will cook down too much. But I haven’t tried and everyone has different preferences. If you try it, let me know what you think.

    • I make this with the frozen riced cauliflower and it was amazing. Love this recipe and we usually make it at least once a week! It is one of the few cauliflower recipes my kids really like and eat!!!

  41. I made this last night and we loved it! It’s substantial enough to be a main course; as a main course it made 4 generous servings. I used my Instant Pot to cook the cauliflower for 3 minutes (should have done it for 2 minutes) and proceeded with the recipe. It’s a keeper!

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  43. I loveeee this recipe! But question: do you know how many carbs it is? And what the size of the serving size is? I was guessing a half a cup and around 5.5 carbs a serving. Doing Atkins so I gotta keep track! Thank you so much!

    • I’m not able to provide nutritional information for the recipes for several reasons, including the additional time it takes, the difficulty in doing it accurately, and the sheer number of recipes on my site. If you look after the recipe itself, I give two links (where it says “Nutritional Information”) for suggestions of two ways to get that information. I do think it’s pretty low in carbs. And of course you can control the serving size to be what you want it to be.

  44. Made this last night and it was AMAZING! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  45. Love low carb twice baked cauliflower. However, I can’t print it! Why? I took it to safari as usual, but I was only allowed to save to various places but could not print. Any ideas? Or is it designed that way?

    • Did you click the little green bar that says Print Recipe (inside the recipe box, under the thumbnail photo). I just printed it just fine. Don’t know why you’re having trouble but I don’t think anything is wrong with my print function.

  46. I just made this. Excellent! Thanks for sharing.

  47. This looks delicious! Any reasons why this wouldn’t be able to convert to a slow-cooker? I’d like to take a dish like this to a work potluck. 

    • I haven’t cooked anything quite like this in a slow cooker, so I can’t say for sure how it will work. I worry that it will get watery, since the cauliflower and the cream cheese are both likely to release water. I definitely think you could use the slow cooker to keep it warm though. Love to hear how it works if you do try it!

      • It worked out fine! I prepared and cooked it on low for a couple hours the night before, then refrigerated overnight, took to work and brought back up to heat on low setting with no problems with wateriness. Of course, my method was a little convoluted as far as cooking went, but needs must in my particular case. It was gone in 10 minutes and I got lots of compliments! Thank you!

    • So happy to hear that! Thanks for sharing how it worked for you.

  48. I made the twice baked cauliflower last night. I told my husband that the recipe was from Kalyn. He replied that he is now in love with Kalyn if she keeps sending recipes like that one!  We have a new family favorite. Thank you!

  49. Hi Kalyn. I’m making this recipe to have on hand for me while my family eats high-carb Thanksgiving food. Do you know how much your cauliflower weighed? Walmart was only selling one size of cauliflower, which seemed pretty medium-size to me, but it was expensive so I only got one. It seems cheaper to buy frozen these days. Can I add a bit of frozen cauliflower if it looks like I don’t have enough? Or does the frozen cauliflower contain too much water for this recipe? Thank you!

    • Hi Jennie,
      I’m making this for Thanksgiving too. I really don’t know the weight of the cauliflower. I just get the biggest head they have. I see in the comments (if you click “older comments”) at least one person said they had good results with frozen cauliflower, but like you I worry about it being watery. If you do add some frozen cauliflower I’d make sure it is drained very, very well. Unless your head of cauliflower is really tiny, I think it would probably be okay without adding any frozen though. Hope that helps.

  50. Can’t wait to try twice baked cauliflower

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