How to Cut Cauliflower

Wondering how to cut cauliflower? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to cut cauliflower into florets.

Video: How to cut cauliflower

Are you wondering how to cut cauliflower into florets but not sure the best way? Alex and I use a genius method for cutting cauliflower that doesn’t end up with crumbles all over the counter! (Anyone have that issue?) We use this method all the time, like when we make our crispy cauliflower tacos or our delicious party favorite buffalo cauliflower with blue cheese dip. Using this method really changed the game for us, and we hope it will for you too! Here’s our step by step guide for how to cut cauliflower, including a video of me cutting cauliflower in our kitchen.

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How to cut cauliflower step by step

Step 1

How to cut cauliflower | Remove large leaves

Remove large leaves from the base of the cauliflower so that the stem is exposed; discard the leaves.

Step 2

How to cut cauliflower | Cut around stem

With a paring knife, cut around the stem of the cauliflower.

Step 3

How to cut cauliflower | Break off florets

Break the cauliflower into large florets with your fingers.

Step 4

How to cut cauliflower | Remove large stems

Remove any large stems, cutting the cauliflower into smaller florets as needed for the recipe.

And there you have it: how to cut cauliflower in 4 easy steps!

Let us know if you try our method for how to cut cauliflower into florets and how it goes in the comments below.

Best chef knife & cutting boards

Alex and I are often asked about the best kitchen tools. And every time we answer, “A good sharp chef’s knife!” A good knife can drastically improve your time in the kitchen, and lasts for years (we’ve had our chef knives for 10 plus years). Here are some of the knives we recommend, as well as cutting boards and the best knife sharpener. These recommendations are perfect for outfitting your own kitchen, or great gifts for a wedding registry or someone who loves to cook!

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Looking for cauliflower recipes?

Now that you know how to cut cauliflower, here are some of our favorite cauliflower recipes for you to try:

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How to cut cauliflower

How to Cut Cauliflower


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 5 to 6 cups florets 1x

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Wondering how to cut cauliflower? Here’s a step by step guide and video that shows you how to cut cauliflower into florets.


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Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower

Instructions

  1. Remove large leaves from the base of the cauliflower so that the stem is exposed; discard the leaves.
  2. With a paring knife, cut around the stem of the cauliflower.
  3. Break the cauliflower into large florets with your fingers.
  4. Remove any large stems, cutting the cauliflower into smaller florets as needed for the recipe.
  • Category: Knife Skills
  • Method: Cutting
  • Cuisine: N/A

Keywords: How to cut cauliflower, How to cut cauliflower into florets, Cutting cauliflower

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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