Go Back
+ servings
A head of cauliflower with green leaves intact sits on a white counter.

How to Cut Cauliflower

Use this recipe to cut a fresh head of cauliflower easily.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 24kcal


  • 1 head cauliflower


  • Wash the cauliflower and pat it dry. Remove any green leaves around the core. Then use a knife to cut the bottom of the core so the cauliflower can sit flat.
  • Place the cauliflower on the cut core. It should sit flat. use a sharp knife to cut down the center of the cauliflower.
  • Use a paring knife to cut the core out of both halves of the cauliflower. Large florets should fall off the at this point.
  • Trim the florets into smaller pieces, based on your recipe or preferences for size.


Florets for Appetizers: It's best to trim the large florets that fall off after cutting the core into smaller florets if you're serving them raw as appetizers with a dip like Vegan Ranch.
Florets for Steaming. If you're wanting to steam cauliflower, you can leave it in larger florets based on your preference.
Eating the Core. The core of the cauliflower is safe to eat and can be steamed along with the florets and added as ingredients to stir fries, etc.


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg