How to Cut Cauliflower

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How do you cut a cauliflower? Below, I show you the best way to cut a ginormous head of cauliflower into smaller bite-sized florets that will be ready for roasting cauliflower on a sheet pan, adding it to soup, or even making a pizza crust.  Follow along to unlock the possibilities of this versatile vegetable with a subtle, nutty taste.

hand holding half a cauliflower

Not only is cauliflower cool with a variety of spices and uses, but it is also loaded with nutrition. According to WebMD, one serving contains 100 percent of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C, 25 percent of vitamin K, soluble fiber, and small amounts of potassium and magnesium.

How to buy the perfect cauliflower

Look for a head with no brown spots on the florets. Brown spots indicate the cauliflower is getting older, or was sunburned in the field, which causes bitterness  Also, pick a cauliflower that feels heavy for its size. The florets should appear firm and tightly packed together. Space between the florets means the cauliflower is soft.

cauliflower on a chopping board

How to cut cauliflower: a step-by-step tutorial

Start by washing your cauliflower. Next, remove the leaves from the base of the cauliflower to expose the stem. Discard the leaves.

collage of removing base from cauliflower

Hold the cauliflower, stem side down, at a slight angle. Now, take a large chef’s knife and cut the cauliflower in half from the top of the crown through the stem.

collage of knife chopping through cauliflower

Grab a smaller paring knife. Cut the stems to separate the large florets. Then cut the large cauliflower florets into smaller pieces. The exact size will be dictated by your specific recipe.

I usually only use the florets, some call them curds, but the stem is equally delicious. For instance, try chopping into bite sized pieces and roasting along with florets when making a sheet pan dish or cooking for soup. You can put them to good use!

collage of knife cutting off florets from cauliflower

How to store cut up cauliflower

Finally, store any cut cauliflower in an airtight container in the refrigerator for five to 10 days.

florets on a chopping board

Recipes with cauliflower

Turning cauliflower on its side before cutting it

Frequently asked questions

My cauliflower has a few brown spots on it, can I still use it?

Yes. If the head develops a few brown spots from oxidation before you cut the cauliflower, it is fine to eat. But if it starts to smell bad, has spots all over, or the spots are black, chuck it.

Does cauliflower come in other colors?

It does.  Keep your eye out for orange or purple cauliflower. They are loaded with even higher amounts of vitamins. Romanesco, that bright green thing with crazy, pointed florets, is also a form of cauliflower. You can cut all of the same way.

How can I keep my cauliflower looking bright when I cook it?

After you cut the cauliflower, try adding a splash of an acid, like white vinegar or lemon juice, to keep white (or the colored varieties of) cauliflower bright.

Why does my cauliflower taste bitter?

Cauliflower can be overcooked. Check frequently with a fork or sharp knife for doneness.

side shot of cauliflower cut in half

Learning how to cut cauliflower is the first step in cooking so many incredible recipes. Whether I roast it as a side, puree it in a soup or rice it for gluten-free recipes, cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables. If you’re doing a low-carb or keto diet, you’ll notice a ton of uses for cauliflower.

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How to Cut Cauliflower

Check out my EASY tutorial for How to Cut Cauliflower into easy-to-use florets! I'll teach you the best method to prep and store it with step-by-step photos
5 from 7 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Side Dish
Calories 144
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head cauliflower

Instructions

  • Remove the leaves from the base of the cauliflower to expose the stem; discard the leaves.
  • Using a large chef’s knife, cut the cauliflower in half from the top of the crown through the stem.
  • Using a pairing knife, cut the stems to keep only the large florets. You can then cut the large florets into smaller ones, as needed for the recipe.

Notes

Storage: Store any cut cauliflower in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-10 days.
Nutritional Data: The information below is an automated estimate for 1 whole raw cauliflower. It could vary based on cooking methods and exact cauliflower used.
Photo Credit: Erin Jensen

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 173mg, Potassium: 1719mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin C: 277mg, Calcium: 127mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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