Low Carb Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Low Carb Cheesy Cauliflower Bake is a great substitute for macaroni & cheese or my Cheesy Potatoes. They’re almost always the chosen side dish when we cook anything on the grill. However, I’m trying to reduce the amount of carbs I eat, so this cauliflower alternative gives me all the happy feel-good cheesiness I crave. 😋

This recipe is great if you’re short on time and don’t want the hassle of making a béchamel. Firstly, partially cook your cauliflower in a microwave safe dish. Secondly, put all the sauce ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl then heat to bubbling. Stir or whisk until smooth and all the cheeses are melted. After that, pour over the partially cooked cauliflower and maybe toss a little more shredded cheese on top. This dish is super delicious and great reheated as a side for another meal the following week.

Here’s the keto cheesy cauliflower bake pictured above with my crazy delicious Homemade Breaded Tenderloins. When I’m eating low-carb, I bread my tenderloins with almond flour. Not quite as tasty as soda cracker crumbs, but still worth writing home about! 😉

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz shredded fiesta blend or cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray oil a glass baking dish that fits in your microwave to pre-cook the cauliflower. Do NOT add any water to the dish. Cauliflower has enough in it to help it steam. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.Happy eating!

Microwave on high for 8 minutes or so, until partially cooked. Remove from the microwave and set aside.

Microwave the cheese mixture for 3 minutes.. Use a wire whisk to whip the melted mixture until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Drain any water in the bottom of the cauliflower dish.

Poor cheese mixture evenly over cauliflower. No need to stir.

Bake at 400F in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

If you’re seriously living a ketogenic lifestyle, then you probably use a lot of shredded cheddar cheese. It’s worth getting a Sam’s Club membership (share the yearly cost with a buddy!) to get the absolute best deal on a 5 lb bag for around $13.50. That’s 80 oz of fabulous cheese for a steal! 😊

Happy eating, y’all!


  1. You mention mustard in the instructions for cheesy cauliflower bake, but it isn’t listed in the ingredients. How much do you put in?


    • Oh, I forgot to take the mustard out of the instructions. I don’t like the taste of it in there, but my middle son does. If you think you’d like a hint of mustard taste, I’d use no more than a scant table spoon. And it was spicy brown. 🙂


    • I like to use Dijon mustard – but you can use standard yellow mustard….I only use a scant TEASPOON…you shouldnt really taste it – just gives the cheese sauce a sharper zingy edge…


      • Thanks for weighing in, Tanya! Middle son, Zac, loves the dijon mustard in it. I think my problem with it is, I used too much the first time and now I can taste it every time. 🙂


  2. Made this tonight and it was a hit, even my son who doesn’t like cauliflower loved it. However, whenever I make recipes with cream cheese, butter, and cream it seems rich and tangy to me….like something is missing. Anyone else feel this way? I’m sure I just need to add something.


  3. I hate cauliflower & okra, but love all other vegetables! My husband is type 2 diabetic. Need new recipes for him. Help!


    • Hi Mary! Do you like broccoli? Switch out the cauliflower for that. It’s so good! I hate okra too. Bluck! I’m assuming your husband needs to be on a low carb diet since carbs convert to sugars. Up in my search bar in the top right column of any page, look for low carb. I’m always developing new low carb dishes, so sign up for email notifications of new posts! 😊


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