This cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower is a great low carb keto macaroni and cheese style side dish everyone in your family will love, and want you to make again.
If you’re looking for a great low carb Instant Pot recipe this cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower is a real winner! Served as a side dish at dinner time or a complete meal, I can never make enough of it! It’s now one of our favorite easy vegetable Instant Pot recipes on The Typical Mom blog. (originally published 12/18, affiliate links present)
- We first made this Instant Pot mashed cauliflower with cooked cauliflower that’s been pureed. It’s not only yummy but fun too since it was purple!
I don’t have vegetable haters in my house, but if your kids aren’t super excited about them I would encourage you to try fun new ways like this.
And adding shredded cheese to veggies like this cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower is always a winner!
If you’re looking for comfort food in a bowl I’d give this cauliflower macaroni and cheese style dinner.
Following our Instant Pot vegetable cook time chart we ended up setting our pressure cooker to high pressure for just 2 minutes. If you don’t want it quite as soft 1 minute would work well too.
When it comes to cooking vegetables in the Instant Pot it doesn’t take long at all. You don’t want them to get mushy.
- I prefer to cook it a little less because when it sits, or if you add hot sauces like this one it tends to soften even more when it sits but it is just a preference really.
I left it at 2 minutes with a quick release in the instructions because everyone else liked it this texture in our house.
If you are on a low carb diet this cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower dish is great. If not you’ll enjoy how creamy it is.
We are big vegetable lovers at this house so we make our easy Instant Pot artichokes all the time. Using my Instant Pot gives me the ability to serve vegetables more often which allows us to eat healthier. That’s just the bottom line. This new multi cooker pressure cooker just rocks!
Of course you could make this without a pressure cooker. Just steam your cauliflower in a basket on the stove, then gently boil the sauce in the recipe card below. Remove from heat, add your cauliflower, gently stir together and serve.
Either way you’ve gotta’ make this!
This is what you’ll need to make our cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower dish
- Head of cauliflower – stem & leaves removed, broken up into medium size pieces.
- Instant Pot vegetable steamer basket
- Heavy whipping cream
- Cream cheese
- Dijon mustard
- Cheese – sharp is great or a mix of pepper jack and cheddar is fab
- Garlic salt pepper to taste – I add after it’s done to avoid over seasoning
Looking for other Instant Pot side dishes?
Our Instant Pot beets are popular! We have more below too.
- Instant Pot cheesy bacon ranch potatoes
- Perfectly cooked broccoli
- this is very low in saturated fat of course
- Bacon and Instant Pot brussel sprouts
- cauliflower soup is great
- Buffalo baked cauliflower recipe or air fryer cauliflower
- gluten free and deliciously spicy
- Sweet pressure cooker sweet potato casserole
Tip: Make sure you immediately quick release the steam after you cook on high or it will overcook quickly and get too soft. Add the creamy sauce with some salt and pepper and enjoy!
- Instructions work in your Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi machines too.
Here’s the printable recipe as well:
Cheesy Instant Pot Cauliflower
- Put vegetable steamer basket into your Instant Pot and add 1.5 c water too.
- Put med. size pcs. of cauliflower into steamer basket and close lid, and steam valve.
- Set to pressure high for 2 minutes for large florets, 1 min. for smaller and firmer pieces. Do a quick release and remove basket with cooked cauliflower, set aside.
- Turn pot off, then push saute button.
- Add heavy cream, cream cheese, dijon mustard, garlic salt and stir until it starts to slowly bubble and cream cheese clumps are now smooth.
- Add 1.5 c. shredded cheese and stir until melted, then dump cooked cauliflower into the pot and turn your pot off.
- Gently mix together so sauce is coating all pieces, empty into a bowl to serve so it doesn't continue to cook in your pot and get too soft.
- Enjoy topped with some shredded cheese or as is, add a dash of salt if desired.
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