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Mac and Cheese Cheesy Instant Pot Cauliflower

This low carb cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower is a great keto macaroni and cheese style side dish everyone in your family will love, and want you to make again. You can make something similar to this with our slow cooker cheesy cauliflower recipe

instant pot cauliflower mac and cheese

If you’re looking for a great low carb pressure cooker recipe this cheesy Instant Pot mac and cheese cauliflower is a real winner! It’s now one of our favorite easy vegetable Instant Pot recipes on The Typical Mom blog. (participant in the amazon program, affiliate links present)

Mac and Cheese Cauliflower Instant Pot

Served as a side dish at dinner time or a complete meal, I can never make enough of it! You can make it in any pressure cooker brand you have. I also have a Crockpot Express and Ninja foodi and they work the same. You just need the high pressure function and most electric versions do.

If you have ever made whole cauliflower in Instant Pot you know just how quickly it works. You will want to cut this one into large bite size florets instead so the sauce can coat each piece well. You want an ooey gooey feel and look to it.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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Instant Pot Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

After it was made whole we also then 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! Then I thought about this macaroni and cheese cauliflower idea and had to try it as a pressure cooker recipe.

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.   If you’re looking for comfort food in a bowl I’d give this cauliflower Instant Pot macaroni and cheese style dinner.

It can be a lower carb option to those who are trying to eat more vegetables but still want to feel like they are cheating but you really aren’t. 😉

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Instant Pot cauliflower mac and cheese

Mac and cheese is the bomb right? This is a way to make it a little less guilty but with the same flavors. You can use any type of shredded cheese on the top when done. Cheddar is a given but if you want to add some spicy use pepper Jack instead.

Is cauliflower keto?

We don’t follow this diet, but many do so I wanted to add this bit of info. in case it is important to you. Yes, is likely the greatest low carb vegetable ever. I say it is one of the most versatile vegetables too with only 4% carbs it.

What’s probably the best quality about it is it has a very similar texture to potatoes, but without all the carbs.

Believe it or not though, it also contains almost as much vitamin C as oranges! I know, hard to believe. Following our Instant Pot vegetable cook time chart we ended up setting our pressure cooker to high pressure for 1 – 2 minutes. This is subjective according to how soft you like the florets.

Instant Pot Cauliflower

Instant Pot Cauliflower Cheese

Remember that there is a second cooking step to this as you saute the cream cheese sauce together and fold it in with your white veggie pieces.

  • If you make them super soft to begin with they will continue to soften in the last few minutes and then won’t be the texture you want.
  • Personally I feel one minute is best!

When it comes to steamed 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.

Also, remember to quick release when the beeper goes off IMMEDIATELY! One minute means just that, no longer. Perfect Instant Pot broccoli is the same way. Walk away and let it sit for 60 more seconds and you’re likely to say “ewwwww” when you lift the lid.

Cheesy Instant Pot Cauliflower

Instant Pot cauliflower

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!

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Cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower

Looking for other Instant Pot side dishes? Our Instant Pot beets are popular! We have more below too.

  1. Head of cauliflower – stem & leaves removed, broken up into medium size pieces.
  2. Instant Pot vegetable steamer basket
    1. I would get a non stick pot too if you don’t already have one
    2. You can use your Ninja Foodi too
  3. Heavy whipping cream
  4. Cream cheese
  5. Dijon mustard
  6. Cheese – sharp is great or a mix of pepper jack and cheddar is fab
  7. Garlic salt pepper to taste – I add after it’s done to avoid over seasoning

Instant Pot Side Dish

Then try our simple air fryer cauliflower or air fryer frozen cauliflower next. Decide which you like better.

Air Fryer Cauliflower

Best cauliflower recipes

You can now make air fryer cauliflower wings if you have a Ninja Foodi pot too!

  1. Cauliflower soup is the perfect side dish to any meal really.
  2. Add curry flavors to your favorite veggie to amp up the flavor to the max.
  3. Roasted cauliflower in the oven is simple with just salt and pepper.
  4. Low-carb cauliflower rice
  5. Some people have created cauliflower pizza crust as a healthier option even!

The printable recipe is below which includes nutritional information and links to purchase ingredients you might need. Remember my 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!

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Cheesy Instant Pot Cauliflower

This cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower mac and cheese recipe is a great low carb macaroni and cheese style side dish everyone in your family will love, and want you to make again. 
Course Entree, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower, cheese, cheesy, instant pot, pressure cooker, vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 369kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • 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 1 min. Do a quick release and remove basket with cooked cauliflower, set aside. Drain water out of pot.
  • 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.


Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Instant Pot Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 369 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 549mg24%
Potassium 428mg12%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1190IU24%
Vitamin C 55.7mg68%
Calcium 312mg31%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Juanita Williams

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

How would this work with frozen cauliflower?

The Typical Mom

Thursday 21st of November 2019

Haven't tried that

Elaine Williams

Monday 24th of June 2019

I love cauliflower! My husband not so much. Can't wait to use this recipe. Maybe hubby will agree to even taste it.


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

Another great idea for my instant pot! Thanks so much for sharing!


Saturday 16th of March 2019

Fantastic! Exactly what id hoped it would be! Minor note... I drained the steamer water after I pulled the cauliflower and before I added cream on sauteed. Turned out fantastic and only mentioned cuz above didn't specify. I'm going to get VERY creative with this recipe and I love it! Thank you!


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

SOOOOO good. Am going to try it with smoked gouda next time!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 6th of December 2018

That would be good too!

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