Cauliflower mash using the Thermomix2 min read

Lots of people have been asking about using their Thermomix to make cauliflower mash – a healthy, low-carb alternative to mashed potato. It makes me think `Is there any other way?’  Of course there is (we wrote a post about this in an earlier post) but I use my Thermie for just about everything.

So here we have some instructions for making the cauliflower mash in the Thermomix….and a few nice flavour variations.


  • Cauliflower – use a bit more than you would if you were serving it in florets. I usually just do a whole cauliflower as the left overs are handy. Break it into pieces.
  • Butter – about 2 – 4 tablespoons
  • Salt and pepper

How to….

  1. Put the cauliflower into the Varoma and steam at Varoma temp for approx. 25 minutes. The cauliflower needs to be cooked through and soft.
  2. Empty the water from the bowl of the Thermomix and put the butterfly in place.
  3. Put the cauliflower in bowl and mix on speed 4 for 30 seconds
  4. Add butter, salt and pepper, and mix on speed 4 for 30 seconds – or until smooth and creamy.

Note: do NOT add milk or other liquid to this mix. It may be tempting because that’s what you would do with potato mash. Cauliflower already has enough liquid and adding more would make it sloppy.

Flavour variations:

Garlic – add a clove of crushed garlic to the cooked cauliflower in the bowl before mixing

Parsley – add some chopped parsley to the bowl for the last few seconds of mixing

Cheese – add a handful of grated cheese to the bowl for the last few seconds of mixing

Smoked paprika – add ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika in the last few seconds of mixing

You can serve cauliflower mash exactly as you would mashed potato, knowing that it’s a great low-carb alternative – even for a  shepherd’s pie. And the Thermomix takes care of all the hard work!!


  1. If you put the garlic in with the cauliflower when its steaming it means you don’t get that really garlicky taste that repeats on you.

  2. Hi I have found if you put some parsnip in as we’ll it gives a lovely flavour as well as more body to the mash

    1. Thanks for that Lyn. I’ve not been a huge fan of parsnip in the past so this might just be a good way to get it into our meals.

  3. I was told by my consultant to never use the butterfly above speed 4 or it will shred itself apart.

    1. That’s right Yvette….thanks. It’s a typo in this post. Will correct it now.

  4. Hi Living For Life,

    Just wanted to know How Much Water?
    and what speed should be used?


    1. Hi Kristy, I put about 1 litre of water in the bowl and use speed one. Speed really doesn’t matter for this so I have it low….less noise. LOL.


  5. Hi!

    I add almond meal to my cauliflower mash (add towards the end, during the ‘mashing’ phase). It adds some extra creaminess, protein and good fats to make it more filling, without changing the colour or flavour. (You can grind the almonds in the thermomix before you start the cauliflower cooking phase).

    Also, I’ve experimented with adding different members of the onion family (garlic, onions, leeks, shallots) – and find that you have to take it easy to not overwhelm the subtle cauliflower flavour. Same goes with adding parmesan or cream, it can dull/override the lovely cauliflower flavour.

    Such a delicious side dish though, especially with baked salmon. My kids love dipping their carrot sticks into it, and scooping it all up!


    1. That sounds really good Annie. If I am adding alliums (onion, garlic, leeks etc) I steam them win the varoma. Seems to work well and the kids love to eat it regarless. Great to be able to add an immune booster in there too. – Sharon

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