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frozen cauliflower florets in a container.

How to Freeze Cauliflower


If you want to freeze cauliflower so that you can enjoy it at a later date, you’ll want to check out this step-by-step guide on how to freeze cauliflower. You can use frozen cauliflower in a variety of ways, including in smoothies, soups, and stews.


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • ice and water (to make an ice bath)


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Use a sharp knife to cut the head of cauliflower in half.
  2. Then, use your hands to break up the cauliflower into florets. Place the florets in a colander to give them a quick rinse.
  3. Then, place the cauliflower florets in a steamer basket. Steam for 5 minutes. Or, if you prefer to use the microwave, place the florets in a microwave-safe bowl with about 2 tablespoons of water. Cover with plastic wrap and poke a few holes in the plastic. Microwave for 3 minutes. You can also make Instant Pot Steamed Cauliflower to prepare it for freezing.
  4. Transfer the steamed cauliflower to an ice bath. Leave the florets in the ice bath for 2 minutes.
  5. Then, use tongs to transfer the steamed cauliflower florets to the baking sheet. Spread the florets out so they are not touching each other. 
  6. Freeze the baking sheet for 5-6 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  7. Then, remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the frozen florets to a zip-top bag or freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 4 months. 


  1. An added benefit of steaming the cauliflower before freezing it and then using it in a smoothie is that it will be easier to digest and is less likely to make you feel bloated.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

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