Instant Pot Mashed Ranch Cauliflower–the yummiest cauliflower you’ll ever eat! Cauliflower is steamed until soft and then mashed with butter and dry ranch dressing mix. An easy 3-ingredient recipe with lots of flavor. My only regret was that we didn’t have enough.
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Instant Pot Mashed Ranch Cauliflower
I have had mashed cauliflower before and didn’t think much of it. It was okay but I’d never really choose it over real mashed potatoes. That is until I made this version! It was so so so good. My kids and I scarfed it down and there wasn’t any left for my husband. #sorrynotsorry
I loved it so much that when I was at the bank the next day I was telling the teller all about it since he told me he was on the keto diet. He wrote down the 3 ingredients and I really hope he tries it because it is seriously tasty.
If you want to eat more vegetables and cauliflower is on your list to try, make this recipe! The ranch dressing mix seasons everything perfectly and the buttery mashed cauliflower is just so addicting. I never thought I would say that cauliflower was addicting.
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What Pressure Cooker Did You Use?
To make Instant Pot Mashed Ranch Cauliflower I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. I love this Instant Pot because it has the yogurt making function which I use almost weekly. It has two pressure settings (high and low), and there are also little slots in the handles so that you can rest the lid there instead of putting it down on your counter-top.Print
Instant Pot Mashed Ranch Cauliflower
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
The yummiest cauliflower you’ll ever eat! Cauliflower is steamed until soft and then mashed with butter and dry ranch dressing mix. An easy 3-ingredient recipe with lots of flavor. My only regret was that we didn’t have enough.
- 1 cup water or chicken broth
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 3 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
- 4 Tbsp butter
- Optional: 2 Tbsp milk or cream
- Pour water/broth into the Instant Pot. Place trivet or steamer basket into the pot. Remove the leaves and the core of the cauliflower. Place the entire head on top of the trivet. Alternately you can cut the cauliflower into florets.
- Cover and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button (high pressure) to 15 minutes for a whole head of cauliflower or 4 minutes for florets.
- When the time is up move the valve to venting to release the pressure. Remove the lid.
- Remove the cauliflower and discard the liquid. Place cauliflower back into the pot. Stir in the butter and ranch dressing mix. Use a potato masher* to mash the cauliflower. I chose to leave mine a little chunky because I like the texture. You can also puree the cauliflower in a food processor or a blender. If you want the cauliflower a little creamier stir in the milk or cream.
- Serve and enjoy!
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
This recipe is GLUTEN-FREE! Just check the broth to be sure it does not contain gluten.
- Category: Side
- Method: Instant Pot
- Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe
- Calories: 156
- Sugar: 5 g
- Sodium: 201 mg
- Fat: 12 g
- Carbohydrates: 12 g
- Protein: 4 g
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Absolutely the best cauliflower you will ever eat!
I add 1/4c. Chicken broth instead of milk or cream. Made this many times and it never disappoints.
Once again, thank you Karen for an amazing recipe!
Thanks for the comment! I am so glad you liked the cauliflower 🙂
Shelly Bajema says
I don’t have a trivet for my instant pot, could I just put the cauliflower straight into the pot?
delicious but watery
Arthel Burkland says
I can’t wait to try this but I’m wondering if there’s anything that can be substituted for the Ranch that we don’t care for? Maybe some type of chicken flavoring that we really like?
You could mess around with different seasonings. You can also just make them like normal mashed potatoes with butter, milk, salt and pepper.
Do you have the recipe for dry ranch dressing mix ? please, thank you
Here is a good one: https://www.spendwithpennies.com/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix/
How would you make this ahead of time?
How far ahead of time? If just the couple hours I would just make it as stated and keep it on the keep warm setting. If days ahead I would store in airtight container in fridge and rewarm before eating in microwave or stove.
Kim B. says
I’m sorry, I know this is a stupid question BUT, if I’m using 4-5 cups of frozen riced cauliflower, what is the cooking time? Thanks
And you will be mashing it? I would use a 1 minute pressure cook time with a quick release.
Kim B. says
Yes, mashing! Thanks so much. Will be back in a couple of days with stars!
Kim B. says
My bad. Only took me 2 yrs to get back with the stars. Shame on me. You were right, this stuff can be addictive. Is so delicious. Have made it both ways, with fresh & riced cauliflower. It’s a regular hit at our house. (Sometimes I add grated cheddar…oh, man!)
Mmmm now I need to make it soon with cheddar!
Patty D says
I love your recipes and this sounds delicious! Do you think it would work with bottled ranch? I don’t have dry and am trying to limit trips to the grocery. Thank you.
I’d stir in ranch at the end after it’s mashed according to your taste preferences.
Barb Davis says
I loved this recipe!
This carb count seems high for this recipe ???? Is there an explanation?
A packet a ranch has 16 grams of carbs and a head of cauliflower has 29 grams of carbs. Plus 1 gram from the milk/cream.
I made this last time using a head of cauliflower and added riced cauliflower. And it turned out amazing!!! If I’m just using riced cauliflower…how many cups should I use?
I’m not totally sure but I would say 4-5 cups.
This turned out really good. So easy to make. Used less butter to save on calories and added the milk to make it moister. Since my head of cauliflower was very small, I only cooked it for 13 minutes, and it turned out just right. Tasted good with your Chicken Fajita Pasta dish.
I am so glad to hear 🙂
I have some frozen cauliflower that needs to be used, do you think it would make much difference? Should I follow the same cook time?
It’s probably florets right? I would do the 3 minute time. Good luck!
ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!!! And sooooo easy….. will put this in my regular lineup!!!!
I’m so glad you liked it Geri! I made it again last night and practically ate half a head of cauliflower by myself lol
Wow! Great recipe! because of your comments I ‘floretted’ 2 cauliflower heads and doubled the rest of the ingredients. Yum, yum!
Thanks for sharing a wonderful, easy recipe for the IP.
Have some zucchini that I am going to try with the same ingredients…..
So glad you liked it Yvonne!!