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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.

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
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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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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.


Ingredients

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  • 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

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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3 Comments

  1. Buenafe Isidro says:

    send me lots and lots of your recipes please. my whole family keeps asking me for more of your recipes, especially my daughter who loves vegetable recipes. Thank you so much. wish you more lucks on your website.

  2. Dr David McLoughlin says:

    What a wonderful instruction video. All my life I had no idea how to cut a cauliflower without making an awesome mess of cauliflower crumbs. I can now do it seamlessly. Thanks.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Mark this under ‘things they should teach you in grade school’!