10 Vegan Cauliflower Recipes to Help You Get Creative in the Kitchen

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

Wondering what to do with that head of cauliflower in your fridge or freezer? Here are 10 Vegan Cauliflower Recipes to Help You Get Creative in the Kitchen that are all different, unique, and delicious! From tacos to pizza bites to whole meals, everything you need is here!

A list outlining the ways to use cauliflower in recipes.

After seeing how well my 15 Easy Ways To Use A Can of Chickpeas post did, I knew I had to share another version with one of my all time favourite vegetables – cauliflower! 
 
It took me a while to love cauliflower. At first we wouldn’t even buy it. That was all until I tried “vegan wings” aka cauliflower wings. It completely changed my perspective of the vegetable. Cauliflower is one of my most versatile vegetables you’ll find. It’s also one of the easiest to manipulate and one of the most forgiving. You can have it raw, roast it, steam it, mash it, bake it, fry it – even use it in a pizza dough!! Seriously, if you overcook your cauliflower, just use it in a mashed or blended recipe. You could have it every single day for a whole month and never got bored. It’s that diverse. 
 

What is cauliflower?

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning that it’s a part of the same family as broccoli, kale and cabbage. Cauliflower can be enjoyed raw, perfect for a crudités platter, or cooked in many forms. I’m sharing all the ways I’ve used cauliflower on the blog so far. These ways are all so unique and with one bite of any of them, you’ll want to try them all. If you’re really not a cauliflower lover I recommend the orange cauliflower bites first. The flavour will blow you away, and it’s baked. A whole head of cauliflower bites for dinner? Yes please. Enjoy friends! 

 

10 Creative Ways to Use Cauliflower in the Kitchen

1. Make vegan wings

Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings

Sticky cauliflower wings on a parchment paper.

Cauliflower Wings/Cauliflower Bites was the recipe idea that totally changed how I looked at cauliflower. My first version, a vegetarian cheesy buffalo wings became one of my first superstar recipes way back in January 2014. Two years later I made my Sticky Sesame Cauliflower Wings (still a top 3 JITK recipe every single day) and it’s just expanded from there! Cauliflower wings or vegan wings are coated, baked (or sometimes fried) and are basically my favourite meatless wings. They have a crunchy exterior with a soft, chewy interior. They absorb any flavour that you give them and taste absolutely incredible.

Other examples of cauliflower vegan wings/bites:

Sweet & Sticky Orange Cauliflower Bites

Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

2. As a crunchy taco filling

Crispy Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Crema

Top down view of cauliflower tacos on a black slate, with slaw on the side.

This just may be the homemade taco of your dreams. It’s like crunchy cauliflower wings…in a taco…with a divine slaw…topped with a creamy sauce. I mean, can you say heaven?

3. Rice it into a low carb rice

How to make Cauliflower Rice

A bowl of cauliflower rice, topped with lemon wedges.

This reminds me so much of rice it’s insane. Admittedly I’m not a rice connoisseur, but if you’re looking for a tasty low carb rice alternative, this will definitely do the trick. You can even use it for cauliflower fried “rice”.

4. Blend them into a creamy soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasted cauliflower soup in blue bowls, with a spoon dipped in.

This is one of the most loved soups on Jessica in the Kitchen. It gets a lot of remarks shocked that there’s no heavy cream in there. When blended, the cauliflower is rich and creamy and it makes the perfect guilt-free comfort soup.

5. Roast them into veggie steaks

Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Cauliflower steaks on a baking sheet, with a lemon wedge.

These cauliflower steaks have such a beautiful presentation, flavour, texture and are pretty easy to make. That perfect sear makes all the difference. If you want to impress someone with an easy meal, this is the one for you.

6. Make them into burgers

Vegan Quinoa Cauliflower Burgers

A quinoa cauliflower burger on a plate with fries on the side.

Is there anything cauliflower can’t do?! Cauliflower here adds texture and makes these burgers easy to whip up and so tasty.

 

7. Fry them into meatballs

Buffalo Quinoa Cauliflower Vegan Meatballs

Vegan meatballs being stirred in a pot with a wood spoon.

This is one of my favourite cauliflower inventions to date. The “meatball” base can be used in any sauce that you desire, and is so easy to make several batches of.

8. Turn them into a cheesy casserole

Cheesy Cauliflower Pizza Casserole

Pizza casserole on a glass baking dish.

An oldie but goodie, this casserole is an amazing way to use up leftover cauliflower! Because it’s so soft and “meaty” when baked, it works so well in this casserole.

9. Bake them into kid friendly pizza bites

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Cauliflower pizza bites next to a bowl of tomato sauce.

Kid friendly alert! These pizza bites are a pizza lovers dreams come true! It’s low carb, meal preppable and craving satisfying.

10. Make it into a cauliflower curry

Cauliflower and Potato Curry (Aloo Gobi Masala)

A gold fork digging into a bowl of cauliflower and potato curry.

After trying a similar curry at my favourite Indian restaurant, I knew I had to replicate it, with cauliflower this time. The cauliflower soaks up so much incredible flavour here and makes such a warming and filling and inviting curry!

Commonly asked Cauliflower Questions, Answered

Q: Can cauliflower be frozen?

A: Yes! Not only can you freeze it, you can freeze every single one of these recipes too! You can even swap frozen cauliflower for fresh in many cases. Just let it thaw properly overnight in your fridge, or boil it and drain it. For the cauliflower wings, you’ll want to bake them for about 15 minutes first to dry out the excess water, pat dry thoroughly, then proceed with the rest of the recipe.

I hope you found this post extremely helpful! What recipe do you want to make first? What’s your favourite cauliflower recipe? Let me know in the comments section below!

 
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  1. Jusy says:

    Seriously, who else but you could have come up with these fabulous cauliflower recipes! These are wonderful options

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