Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower (and Announcing a BIG CHANGE for Kalyn’s Kitchen!)

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower is a side dish that everyone will love! And this tasty dish is also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly; use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one!

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Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

Today I have an exciting announcement, although I have to confess that for me personally it’s definitely a nervous excitement. Twelve years ago I started blogging here on a low-tech blogging platform called Blogger, never imagining what the site would turn into. I was pretty low-tech myself, so the simplicity of it suited me well. Then a few years into what had turned into a blogging career I hired the fabulous Jennette, who managed to make my Blogger site pretty great within the limitations of that platform.

Through the years I watched my friends who were on Blogger move to WordPress, but by then my site had so many posts that I was scared to move. But it gave me courage when my friend Gina successfully moved to WordPress about a year ago, and I loved her new site. So I made a decision and in my Welcome 2017 post, I talked about wanting my site to work for all types of carb-conscious eating, and mentioned changes I was making. And then I waited a long time for the talented folks at Purr Design to get to me on the long list of bloggers wanting to work with them.

In the meantime, blogging and everything web-based kept getting much more complex. Google controls the web, and they now require special back-end recipe coding and a secure connection to send search engine traffic. I couldn’t do those things on the current site, so I really couldn’t wait any longer, even if I was nervous about it.

So today I’m sharing this updated recipe for Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower, and then I won’t be posting anything here for about a week while we move all the content here to the new WordPress site. I think it’s fitting that it’s this popular and amazingly delicious cauliflower recipe that I’m leaving you with, because it completely represents the kind of low-carb but drool-worth foods I like to cook. And this recipe can be low-carb or Keto if you use high fat dairy and a liberal amount of bacon, but if you’re a low-glycemic eater, or someone following the South Beach Diet, it will still be delicious with lower-fat dairy and even turkey bacon if you want to use that. I believe everyone gets to make their own food choices, and I want to make that possible when I can!

The new site is going to be beautiful, I can promise you that. I hope long-time readers will take a look at the desktop version when it’s up, which is where the impressive new features will be most noticeable. But moving all the recipes from an enormous site like this is complicated, not to mention all the things I did wrong in the early days when I had no idea what I was doing. And since I already moved Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker to WordPress, I know that after it’s moved there will be lots of editing to get things looking perfect again. I hope people will be patient for the first little while, as we iron out the kinks. And everyone repeat after me: CHANGE IS GOOD!

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

Now let’s make some Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower! Cut up the cauliflower and cook in boiling salted water until it’s barely soft, then drain and mash, leaving some chunks. (I mashed it a few times in the colander and then transferred to the pan I cooked it in and mashed a bit more.) Cook the bacon; then crumble bacon, slice green onions, cut cream cheese into cubes, measure sour cream, and measure Parmesan.

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

Combine mashed cauliflower, cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, Parmesan, and 3/4 of the crumbled bacon. Put the mixture into a glass casserole dish (with a lid) that you’ve sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray, and top with sharp cheddar and the rest of the bacon. Bake with the lid on at 350F/180C until the mixture is bubbling and all the cheese has melted, about 30-35 minutes total. (I take the lid off for the last 10 minutes or so to brown the top a little.)

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

Serve hot, and totally expect that even cauliflower-avoiders are going to go crazy over this. (And as I am typing up this post I’m eating my last container of leftovers and I’m already planning to make it again soon!)

More Tasty Low-Carb Cauliflower You Might Like:

Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Twice Baked Cauliflower


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or more)
  • 6 slices bacon (or more), cooked until very crisp, fat blotted with paper towel and then crumbled
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Spray a glass casserole dish with olive oil or non-stick spray. Cut out stem and core from cauliflower, and cut into small pieces. Cook in large pot of boiling salted water until cauliflower is tender, but not overly soft. Drain well and mash with potato masher, leaving some chunks.
  2. While cauliflower is cooking, cook the bacon and crumble, slice green onions, cube the cream cheese, measure sour cream, and measure Parmesan. Mix cream cheese, sour cream, green onion, Parmesan, and 3/4 of the crumbled bacon into the drained cauliflower.
  3. Spread evenly in a 1.5 Quart Glass Casserole Dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and reserved bacon. Bake 20-25 minutes covered, or until hot and bubbly. Remove the lid and bake about 10 minutes more, or until the cheese is slightly browned. Serve hot.


This reheats very well and can be frozen and thawed in the fridge, then reheated.

Recipe adapted slightly from The Low Carb Gourmet.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Cauliflower is very low in carbs, and this should be a good dish for most any low-carb eating plans, including Keto. For the South Beach Diet it’s probably a once-in-a-while treat due to the amount of saturated fat, although you can make a more South Beach friendly version with light cream cheese, light sour cream, low-fat cheese, and even turkey bacon if you prefer, and it will still be delicious.

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Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower found on KalynsKitchen.com

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167 comments on “Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower (and Announcing a BIG CHANGE for Kalyn’s Kitchen!)”

  1. I've made this several times and loved it. Today, I went to the store to get a couple ingredients, and they were out of parmesan, so I got Romano. I think it made it even more flavorful!

  2. Kalyn, I just found your blog. Thank you for giving South Beach suggestions. I've been off and on South Beath Diet for 10 years, and I try to stay with the lifestyle chages they suggest, but I LOVE food, and its hard to say no.

  3. I tried to read through your comments to see if anyone has already asked this but there are SOOOO many! This recipe sounds delicious. I actually follow the Dukan Diet. It is a low carb and low fat diet. Fat free cream cheese and fat free sour cream are part of the unlimited list. Why does the recipe specify NOT to use fat free cream cheese or sour cream? Does it really matter?

  4. The recipe specifies not to use fat free sour cream and fat free cream cheese because they usually have added sugar.

  5. Made this tonight and it was delicious. Even my husband liked it and believe me that is quite something. The only vegetable he seems to eat without complaint is potatoes. Have made many of your recipes and have never been disappointed.

  6. So glad you are enjoying the recipes. That comment pretty much made my day!

  7. Judy, I would guess it will freeze pretty well (after it's cooked) but that's only a guess; I haven't ever frozen it.

  8. I've Made This Several Times And I Absolutely Love It but I Made It Too Late In The Week And I'm going Out Of Town And didn't Want To Waste It. I'll Freeze It And Let You Know…Thanks So Much For The Recipe…It's one Of my go-to's For My Low Carb Diet….Weird CapitalizatioN From My Phone…

  9. I do like cauliflower, but hubby just makes fun of it because he says it has no taste. I'm going to make this one because not only does it look and sound delicious, but it just might change his mind about having to have potatoes ALLLLLLL the time! Thank you!

  10. Toodie, wishing you luck with that. If any cauliflower recipe can win him over, I think it's this one!

  11. I never review anything online that I try….BUT this was so wonderful. I'm trying to eat low-glycemic also. It's still fairly new to me. This recipe completely made me feel like I was indulging in carb overload! It was exactly what I needed to satisfy a craving and I will definitely make it again. Thank you!

  12. Cindy, so glad you enjoyed it!

  13. So, I made the Twice-Baked Cauliflower for dinner last night. One word: AMAZING!!! Or, wait: UNBELIEVABLE!!! OK, so that's two words which still aren't enough to capture how AWESOME this tastes. Now I'm up to three… People, if you haven't tried this, go out and getcha some cauliflower STAT

  14. Gayla, so glad you liked it; I love this recipe too!

  15. Would it be okay if I assemble this the day before and bake the next? Time is a issue.

  16. Isla, I haven't done that but I can't think of any reason it wouldn't work. You'd need to let it come to room temperature before you bake or increase the cooking time a little. I'd love to hear about how it works!

  17. It worked fabulously! I steamed the cauliflower a day ahead, warmed them up to add the cheese the next morning, and baked it much later in the day. SO GOOD!! I used Greek yogurt, laughing cow cheese and turkey bacon and it was drool worthy! Thank you! Leftovers were great, too.

  18. Isla, good to know; thanks so much for reporting back.

  19. I enjoyed this as a light dinner (anything that's mostly veg is light to me), with a nice glass of chardonnay. I think it would also make a nice side dish…a great alternative to potatoes.

  20. Tamster, glad you liked it!

  21. If you are on the Atkins Diet or the low-carb diet, you can make this recipe using the whole fat form of all of these items: bacon, cheeses, sour cream, cream cheese and whole cream (instead of low-fat milk, which has more carbs). Cauliflower and green onions (or scallions) are both on their approved veggies list and have much less carbs than potatoes.

  22. Yes, I do hope everyone will adapt my recipes to fit their own personal eating plan or diet preferences.

  23. This was a really great recipe. I excluded the bacon to cut some fat, and it was still really good. I may add some garlic next time or something, but the beauty of this dish is I think you could try a lot of variations to your own taste! Thanks so much for posting it – I'm diabetic and a this website has the best balance of recipes that are low carb but fairly low in fat too. I need to keep an eye on everything!

  24. So glad you enjoyed it, and I think the variations are endless with this.

  25. This is one of our favorite side dishes now. So tasty, and even my kids enjoy it!
    I started substituting low fat plain greek yogurt for the sour cream, and it still tastes amazing!

  26. My mouth actually waters when I read your recipes!

  27. Have made this several times and even vegetable resistant hubby likes. Just wondering if it freezes as a whole head of cauliflower make quite a bit for just the two of us.

    • I'm so glad you guys are enjoying it. I don't think I have ever frozen this; I just keep it in the fridge and eat it for a few days. But if I was guessing, I'd think it would freeze okay although the cauliflower will probably be softer after it's been frozen. I'd love to hear how it works if you do try freezing it.

  28. Made this tonight to serve as a sidedish to bbq steak. Hubby devoured it. Definitely a winning dish, one that I wouldnt hesitate to serve to company!

  29. can this be made the night before and reheated?

    • Yes, this reheats really well. If you're planning in advance to reheat, I would undercook it a little and then bake 10-15 minutes the next day (with a lid on) to reheat.

    • Kalyn, I'm happy to see you're still responding to comments, even on old posts! This looks like the perfect low carb (and gluten free) dish for me to bring to our family's Christmas gathering so that I can feel like I get to indulge too, and others will like it as well! If I make it in the afternoon to bring to a dinner gathering, do you think it would work okay to cook it fully at home and then reheat it when I get there? I don't want to presume that the host will have enough oven space to accommodate the whole cooking time, unless that would really make a difference in how it turns out. (I will probably make 2 or even 3 batches.) Thank you!

    • Yes, as I said I would undercook a little the first time and then bake to reheat and finish cooking. And everyone will like it, I promise!

  30. Hi Kalyn!,

    I just wanted to stop by to tell you how much I love this dish!! I've made it so many times, I don't need to look at the recipe anymore. I'm not sure if chefs like to hear this or not, but the only tweak we do, is add sliced jalapenos to the bottom of the casserole dish. My husband loves a little 'kick'! Thank you!!

  31. I came across your site and made this last night ~ Just let me say this will be on our weekly rotation!! Sooooo Goooood!

  32. I was hesitant about this at first, but I love cauliflower so I gave it a try and am SO glad I did. Such a great side dish, thank you so much for sharing!

  33. Kalyn,
    This is one of my family's favorite dishes and I have made it many times. I am taking a speech class and have to do a how to speech and would like to show how to make this dish. May I use some of your pictures for the powerpoint I must do? Thank you! Gay Howard

  34. I used a package of frozen cauliflower does yours call for fresh? I used the ingredients you used it is AWESOME!!!! So good and filling used as a side dish with chicken yummy!! Love your ideas and recipes always fabulous thank you for sharing.

  35. Yes, the recipe says "1 large head of cauliflower." But it sounds like the version with frozen cauliflower worked for you! So glad you're enjoying the recipes.

  36. This dish is wonderful. I'm making it a second time tonight for a dinner party! I making a double batch from a huge bag of frozen cauliflower. Anyone know if this will freeze well??

    • So glad you have enjoyed it. I have frozen it, but I haven't ever made it with frozen cauliflower, so I'm not sure if that will impact how it freezes since the cauliflower has already been frozen once. Please let me know how it works if you try it!

  37. I love so many of your recipes, Kalyn! This one is exeptional and even my picky friends loved it. I have made it as written and I have also made additions such as sautéed onion/garlic, a little cayenne pepper, and have substituted herbed goat cheese for the cream cheese. It's always wonderful. I think I'm going to add shredded chicken and chopped broccoli next time for a low carb, entree version of cheesy, chicken, broccoli bake.

    • Hi Bob, so glad to hear you are enjoying the recipes. I love your idea of adding some chicken and broccoli to this for a low-carb casserole. I might have to try that too!

  38. We have recently fell in love with the cauliflower craze. I can't wait to try this recipe and I may change it up with some of Bob's suggestions.

  39. If you are offering up a recipe as low carb, you should give the carb count as well as other nutritional info. not a link to go do it ourselves….Is it quicker and easier for one person to look and to share with their post or to make everyone else do the "work" makes you seem lazy….Im going to go visit a blog that doesn't make me do the legwork

    • That's a good one. You think I should calculate the nutritional information on 2,200 recipes (after I've spent 8-12 hours on each recipe testing, taking photos, writing the post, etc.) And I am giving you the recipes for free. But I am "lazy."

  40. Hi Kalyn, do you have the nutritional facts for this Twice baked cauliflower recipe please?

    • Immediately after the recipe I give two links for ways to get that. There are numerous reasons I'm not able to provide nutritional information for the recipe. First, I already spend 8-10 hours on every recipe by the time I have tested it several times, taken photos, edited photos, and written the recipe. Second calculating that information accurately is very difficult because it's hard to tell what specific ingredients people will use or exactly how much they will eat. Third, (and the biggest consideration for me) there are over 2,200 recipes on this site. So while people may not want to use the resources I've given and spend the time to enter and calculate one recipe, they are wanting me to do it for 2,200 recipes. I will never be able to do that, and I know that once I have it on one recipe people will expect to see it on every recipe. I realize some bloggers include it, but those people started blogging long after me and have far fewer recipes to deal with. And I cannot and will not dedicate any more of my life to this blog than I am already doing, I work on it for hours and hours every day of my life. Thanks for understanding my dilemma.

    • Kalyn
      thank you very much for healthy and delicious recipies you are providing. I know how difficult and time consuming job it is. You are a GEM. I hope you will let me know of your new site. I am excited for you but worried that I may miss your great recipies, pictures and prose. wish you the very Best on your new site. Please please let us know where I can find you. Your dedicated follower and admirer.

    • Selma, thanks so much for that nice feedback! The site will still be located at KalynsKitchen.com, so if you are subscribed or follow me on social media you should still find it like always!

  41. Kalyn, I switched about 2 years ago (from Squarespace to WordPress) and haven't looked back. I'm sure it's been a long and arduous process to do the switch (especially given how long you've been blogging and how popular you site is) but I have no doubt that when it's all done, you'll still be the same wonderful Kalyn, it will be the same fantastic recipes, and you might even enjoy WordPress after a while. 🙂 Good Luck with the switch and see you on the "other side."

  42. I can't wait to see the new site Kalyn, I know it will gorgeous!

  43. Have enjoyed this recipe many times and have enjoyed this blog for many years. It is still my go to site for recipes and I look forward to seeing your new platform. All your hard work is much appreciated!

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