Cauliflower Casserole: the vegetarian recipe for a creamy, cheesy casserole dish

Total time: 50 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist

Cauliflower casserole is an easy, vegetarian, and super tasty side recipe. Perfect for any occasion, it's creamy, smooth and cheesy on the inside, while the panko gives a crispy texture to the topping.

This easy cauliflower casserole recipe is a great idea to enjoy this healthy, tender vegetable in a delicious, vegetarian way, especially when the weather cools down.

Are you seeking a quick yet healthy food that involves minimum efforts? This is a perfect dish to comfort you on a lazy day. Just gather few ingredients and follow the instruction to make this delicious cauliflower casserole in less than an hour, from start to finish.

Vegetarian Cauliflower Casserole Ingredients

Cauliflower – pick a medium head, so you will get large florets once cut. You can also use frozen cauliflower.

Sour cream – it's a key ingredient for creaminess.

Cheese – adds flavor and a smooth texture,

Butter – enhance the flavors of the ingredients.

Milk – adds texture.

Panko – it's perfect for making a crispy topping.

Cauliflower Casserole Variations

For a vegan cauliflower casserole, start by replacing dairy ingredients. Swap butter, milk, sour cream and cheese with vegan-friendly options. You can also add vegetable broth for give a creamier texture.

If you want to make your cauliflower casserole healthier, replace sour cream with Greek yogurt, or butter with olive oil.

You can also add some pepper flakes for making it spicier.

For a cauliflower casserole recipe packed with Italian flavors, you can also add a tomato sauce.

If you want to make it richer, you can add bacon and a mix of different cheeses.

Tips for making Easy Cauliflower Casserole

If the casserole doesn’t turn golden brown enough on top after the cooking time is up, place it under the broiler or grill for 5 minutes to brown the top.

Make sure there are no lumps in the cheesy sauce.

How to store Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole

You can store cauliflower casserole in the refrigerator for 3 days, closed in an airtight container. You can reheat it in the oven to 350°F.

Can you freeze Cauliflower Casserole?

Yes! You can freeze cauliflower casserole for up to 3 months, closed in a freezer-safe bag. Let it thaw overnight before reheating.

Medium cauliflower
1 head
Sour cream
1/2 cup
cheese, grated
2 ounces
butter, thinly sliced
1/4 cup
1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350°F/160°C. Grease a 8-inch baking dish with a knob of butter or cooking spray.

Cut the cauliflower into large florets. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over high. Add cauliflower and boil for about 5 minutes or until tender.

Drain the cauliflower, then return to the saucepan.

Stir together the sour cream and milk in a small bowl, then pour the mixture into the saucepan.

Toss well to combine, then season with salt and pepper.

Transfer mixture to the baking dish.

Sprinkle the top of casserole with cheese and panko.

Add the the butter slices.

Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown on top.

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