There’s a Much Easier Way to Cut Cauliflower. Here’s How.

Updated: Nov. 18, 2022

Wondering how to cut cauliflower without leaving a white, crumbly mess on your kitchen counter?

Is there anything cauliflower can’t do? Besides being the basis for all sorts of roasted, mashed or baked dishes, it’s also a wonderful substitute for rice. But it’s near-impossible not to scatter cauliflower all over the kitchen when you chop it. Until now.

Follow along to learn how to cut cauliflower without making a huge mess.

Ina Garten’s Advice

Ina Garten always knows what’s best for us. She’s shown us how to cut corn off the cob. Now she’s here to help us with a clean way to chop cauliflower. In a letter from a fan of the Barefoot Contessa, this question came up: “How do you cut cauliflower without getting it all over the kitchen?” Ina’s first thought was, Why does it get all over your kitchen?” (That’s what she wonders aloud in her Instagram video.)

That’s when Ina realized, some home cooks were slicing cauliflower straight through the top, sending bits and pieces of cauliflower all over the countertop.

See more of Ina Garten’s best cooking tips.

The Mess-Free Method for Chopping Cauliflower

  1. Turn the cauliflower stem-side up.
  2. With a sharp chef’s knife, cut out the core.
  3. Pull the cauliflower apart into florets.
  4. Slice through the floret stems to create smaller florets, if needed.

The method Ina describes is ideal for making roasted vegetables, preparing cauliflower for soup or even when you’re making a veggie tray. It will save you all kinds of time on prep and clean-up!

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