Cauliflower Purée with Thyme

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This cauliflower purée is creamy and comforting, and it just happens to taste remarkably like mashed potatoes.

cauliflower puree

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

(Photo by Alexandra Grablewski, Chronicle Books 2018)

This cauliflower purée is creamy and comforting, and it just happens to taste remarkably like mashed potatoes. I’m not sure if it’s just my eyes playing tricks on me, but it really does! It also has the benefit of being easier to make, healthier and lower in carbs. But don’t make it just for that reason — it’s delicious in its own right. In fact, when my friend Heather tested the recipe for me, she sent me a text that read, “OMG so good, just licked the bowl of my Cuisinart.” Try serving it with my Onion-Braised Beef Brisket, Grilled Flank Steak with Garlic & Rosemary, Roast Chicken or Easy BBQ Boneless Short Ribs.

What you’ll need to make cauliflower purée


How to make cauliflower purée

There are a lot of mashed cauliflower recipes out there; what I  like about this one is that the cauliflower is steamed in, and then puréed with, chicken broth. This adds flavor and eliminates the need to add cream to thin out the purée.


Begin by bringing the chicken broth and salt to a boil and a large pot. Add the cauliflower and steam for about 2o minutes, or until the cauliflower is very tender.


Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cauliflower to a food processor and add the butter along with a few tablespoons of the chicken broth.


Process until smooth and creamy, then taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.


Add the chopped thyme and process until evenly mixed.


Transfer to a bowl and serve.

cauliflower puree

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

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Cauliflower Purée with Thyme

This cauliflower purée is creamy and comforting, and it just happens to taste remarkably like mashed potatoes.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes


  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 lbs.), cut into 1/2-inch pieces (don't worry about keeping florets intact)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot, bring the chicken broth and salt to a boil. Add the cauliflower; bring back to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and steam for 20 minutes, or until cauliflower is very tender. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cauliflower to a food processor. Add 3 tablespoons of chicken broth from the pot, along with the butter. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add thyme and process until just combined.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 151
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Sodium: 731mg
  • Cholesterol: 25mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Perfect, delicious! Added 1 glove of mashed garlic to the cauliflower while steaming.

    • — Fix Me A Dish on January 9, 2021
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  • how can i adjust this recipe for an instant pot? ( i just bought one so am a novice)

    • — leslie on December 18, 2020
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    • Hi Leslie, I don’t have enough experience with an Instant Pot to tell you confidently whether or not/how to convert a recipe, so you may want to take a peek at these tips. It looks like they could be useful. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2020
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  • Can you freeze this after it is made?

    • — Linda Shear on December 17, 2020
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    • Hi Linda,, I can’t say for sure how this would freeze because I haven’t done it – sorry! If it’s helpful, you can make it several days ahead of time and reheat in the microwave.

      • — Jenn on December 17, 2020
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  • What everybody else already said! Thanks for this simple, yummy veggie side.

    • — Brenda Carter on November 26, 2020
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  • Thank you for the recipe. I’m on the Keto diet and was sick of cauliflower until now. I was shocked how good this was. I added a little bit of garlic and Parmesan cheese.

    • — Bob on November 15, 2020
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  • These were easy to make and delicious! Honestly even if you’re not a cauliflower fan….you’ll love these!

    • — Cynthia Corcoran on November 3, 2020
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  • Super easy, super delicious. Great change of pace sidedish

    • — Rich on November 2, 2020
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  • This is delicious! My husband was not excited to eat this and…he loved it. Another keeper from your blog. Thank you.

    • — Margot on October 25, 2020
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  • Wow! I just made this for dinner tonight (with the BBQ turkey meatloaf) and it is SO good! Best cauliflower I’ve ever had.

    • — Lori Naser on October 25, 2020
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