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How to Cut Cauliflower into Florets

Learn How to Cut Cauliflower into florets using these easy step-by-step directions and instructional photos.  After you properly select, store, and cut up a head of cauliflower you can use this low-carb, high-fiber vegetable in your favorite healthy recipes!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 cauliflower head


  • Cut and remove the leaves with a sharp chef's knife or pairing knife if they do not snap off easily.
    1 cauliflower head
    Trimming and removing the green leaves from a head of cauliflower.
  • Cut the stem at the base. Save this to use later, or discard it.
    Cutting and discarding the stem of a head of cauliflower.
  • Chop the head into large florets or break it apart with your fingers.
    A knife showing how to cut cauliflower into florets for healthy recipes.
  • Cut the larger florets into smaller florets, if needed. Try to make them as close to the same size as possible so they cook up evenly. One medium-sized head will yield roughly 3 to 4 cups of cauliflower, or 1 ½ - 2 cups per pound.
    Chopping up large cauliflower florets into smaller florets.


Storage Directions

Keep the entire head of cauliflower loosely wrapped in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. It can last for up to a week if stored properly. Store cauliflower florets that have been trimmed can be stored in an airtight container, or plastic bag, in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Freeze florets on a large baking sheet. Once frozen, place them in a freezer-safe bag for up to 5-6 months.
Recipe Tips
  • Be picky. Not all fresh cauliflower is created the same. Choose one that doesn't have brown or black spots or is mushy.
  • Follow the steps. Don't jump ahead! Be sure to remove the leaves and stem first.
  • Be patient. Wait to wash the cauliflower until just before you use it.
  • Go crazy. This vegetable is so versatile. You can use it in so many ways after you prep it.
  • Big or small. Cauliflower can be enjoyed in small pieces or as a whole head after cleaning and cutting.


Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg