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Whole Pressure Cooker Cauliflower Recipe

Making pressure cooker cauliflower whole is easy and more delicious than you’d think! NO need to break it apart anymore. In just 10 minutes in your Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi and it’s perfect. 

Pressure Cooker Cauliflower

Have you tried making pressure cooker cauliflower yet?? It’s the only way I make my vegetables now! It’s healthier and quicker than boiling and if you have a Ninja Foodi you can even add cheese and crisp the top. Really, this is to die for I tell you. (originally published 11/19, affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Cauliflower

If you too are obsessed with your Ninja Foodi pressure cooker air fryer machine, here are a few resource to start with:

  1. You can bookmark our Ninja air fryer recipes page, we add to that weekly.
    1. Here’s a printable air fryer cook times chart here for your fridge.
    2. Be sure to save this link to Instant Pot recipes for beginners too. You can use any of those in your pot too.

  1. Grab this set of wooden utensils to work with. They are great so your pot doesn’t get scratched!
  2. Then join our Ninja Facebook group where you can share and find more ideas you’ll love. Thousands of others share both pressure cooker and air fryer recipe ideas there daily and you can too!

If you need to know how to cook frozen meat in a pressure cooker, we have information on that. NO, you aren’t the only forgetful one. 😉

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Cauliflower Instant Pot

This is the “magic sauce” that takes this whole cauliflower over the top. You can adjust the heat level to your liking. We follow the same idea when we showed you how to cook a whole cabbage. Both are quite bland if you don’t add some type of moisture and flavor to it.

If you really want it to seep into the center you can kinda’ hollow out the top a bit with a knife.

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Ok so if you are really sensitive to heat I would leave out the crushed red pepper all together. A little is really good though and I am not one for spicy things.

Cauliflower seasoning

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley 
  • Garlic salt
  • Basil
  • If you want to crisp the top and don’t have an air fryer you can put it on a baking sheet and under your boiler instead.

I got the recipe out of the book that came with my Ninja Foodi. For another with this same pot you can make cauliflower steak air fryer style. Just use the air crisp button vs. high pressure.

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How to cook a whole head of cauliflower

There are many ways on how to cook cauliflower. This is the best in my opinion. Cauliflower in a Ninja Foodi is shown here but other brands will work the same to essentially steam it so it’s tender.

  • Whole cauliflower pressure cooker time is minimal.

Boiling vegetables removes a lot of nutrients that you want in your diet, and your stovetop will take quite a while longer.

Of course you can skip the seasonings and just make Instant Pot cauliflower by itself, but it is a bit bland.

whole cauliflower pressure cooker time

When pressure cooking vegetables it is handy to have this Instant Pot vegetable cook times sheet handy. That way when you try something new it will let you know whether you need high or low pressure, and approximately how long it should take.

You’ll also need about a cup of water and a steamer basket or trivet for steamed cauliflower head. If you love cauliflower like we do this is great. Faster yet if you break it up into cauliflower florets it takes just 0 minutes to cook!!

air fryer head of cauliflower

Here are the basic steps to follow for this gluten free side dish. First you’re going to set a trivet at the bottom of your pressure cooker with a cup of cold water at the bottom.

  • Cut the end of cauliflower off and remove the outer leaves. If adding olive oil and herbs cut into middle of head and remove a quarter size piece so seasoning can later seep in.
  • Put your head of cauliflower on the top of the trivet.
  • Close the lid and steam valve and set to high for 2 minutes.
    • if you prefer a much softer texture I would set to 3 min.
    • 2 will produce a tender head with a little texture to it which I think is perfect
  • Do a quick release when time is up. Can take out, slice and enjoy now or proceed on.
  • If you have a Ninja Foodi you can do the next steps right in the pot. If not transfer to a baking dish and turn broiler on.
    • Whisk together olive oil and all spices listed above.
    • Pour this on top of your cauliflower in the middle so some can be absorbed within. Then sprinkle parmesan on top of everything.
  • Close air crisp lid of Foodi and set to 390 degrees for 8 minutes so top gets golden brown, then serve.
    • If using broiler leave in for approx. 5 minutes or until top is as golden as you’d like. Cut into pieces and serve!

Loving this? Try our Instant Pot cauliflower curry recipe too. That has a TON of flavor to it and can be complete meal vs. a side dish like this.

recipe for steamed cauliflower

Let’s talk about how to store leftover cauliflower, because I hate wasting food too. I bet you are like me too. So wait until it is completely cooled to begin with. Enjoy what you want and then set the rest aside. Use a large freezer bag, or pint size if you just have a bit left over. Put it inside and zip it almost all the way closed.

Then with the little hole that is open suck all the air out, like all of it. Air is the enemy, remember that when saving leftovers. Put into your fridge and eat within the next 2 days, the next day is best. Reheat on a plate in your microwave for about 45 seconds or so. Put a small pat of butter on top before heating to keep it moist.

You could put it into your air fryer too as an alternative method, this will add just a bit of crisp to the outside. 400 degrees for about 4 minutes shaking the basket halfway thru should do the trick. You could add a bit of parmesan cheese into the mix too with a drizzle of olive oil so it doesn’t dry out and gets crunchy on the edges.

Instant Pot Cauliflower Recipes

Looking for more ideas to take you further?

Want to make an oven roasted whole cauliflower, try this one. Like it kinda’ crispy? Make air fryer frozen cauliflower.

If you want to make it more bite size you should try our cheesy Instant Pot cauliflower or air fryer cauliflower recipes too.

Cheesy Instant Pot Cauliflower 2

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Pressure Cooker Cauliflower

Making pressure cooker cauliflower whole is easy and more delicious than you'd think! NO need to break it apart anymore. In just 10 minutes it's perfect.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower, crockpot express, head of cauliflower, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 128kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut end of cauliflower off and remove leaves. If adding olive oil and herbs cut into middle of head and remove a quarter size piece so seasoning can later seep in.
  • Pour water into pressure cooker and lower down a trivet. Put head of cauliflower on trivet.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high for 2 minutes.
  • Do a quick release when done. Can take out, slice and enjoy now or proceed on.
  • If you have a Ninja Foodi you can do the next steps right in the pot. If not transfer to a baking dish and turn broiler on.
  • Whisk together olive oil and all spices listed above. Pour this on top of your cauliflower in the middle so some can be absorbed within. Then sprinkle parmesan on top of everything.
  • Close air crisp lid of Foodi and set to 390 degrees for 8 minutes so top gets golden brown, then serve. If using broiler leave in for approx. 5 minutes or until top is as golden as you'd like. Cut into pieces and serve!
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 692mg30%
Potassium 312mg9%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 47.9mg58%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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