How to Cut Cauliflower

Cauliflower is everyone's least favorite thing to cut and for a good reason. No one likes to clean up the tiny pieces that cover the entire countertop and sometimes, the floor. The solution to this issue is very simple; all you’ve got to do is learn how to cut it properly, which you can learn with our 3 very effective methods of cutting cauliflower into florets. 

Method 1

Try this method if you don't want to end up with crumbles all of your counter. It is mess-free and fairly easy for everyone. 


Step 1: Use a knife to remove large leaves from the base exposing the stem. 

Step 2: Cut around the stem with a paring knife and remove it. 

Step 3: Break the cauliflower into large florets using your hands. 

Step 4: Finish by removing any large stems on separate florets and cutting the cauliflower into smaller pieces if needed. 

Method 2 

This is the easiest and safest way to cut and core a cauliflower. You might think that cauliflower core and leaves aren't edible, but it's totally common to eat them just as snacks, or even cook them like the rest of the florets.   

Step 1: Remove large leaves just like in the first method. 

Step 2: Cut the cauliflower in half. 

Step 3: Lay the halves on the cutting board and cut them vertically again. 

Step 4: Cut the core off of all 4 pieces. 

Step 5: Pull apart by hand or cut the cauliflower pieces into small florets according to your recipe. 

Step 6: Trim and discard any excess stems.

Method 3

Use this method to cut a huge cauliflower into smaller bite-sized florets that will be ready for roasting cauliflower on a sheet pan, adding it to soup, or any other recipe. 


Step 1: Start by pulling off the leaves, then turn the head of the cauliflower onto its side and cut off the stem. 

Step 2: Cut the cauliflower in half through the widest part.

Step 3: Hold the cauliflower from the top and slice firmly from the highest part of the core down to the cutting board, then remove the core by hand. 

Step4: Cut or break off florets with your hands. The pieces should give and break easily. 

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