Instant Pot Cauliflower (Whole Head)

Cook a whole head of cauliflower in your Instant Pot in 5 minutes! The easiest way to serve up a gorgeous, vegan, gluten free, and low carb cauli side!

Have you seen those beautiful platters with a full head of roasted cauliflower sitting in the middle? I think it’s such a fun moment that you can serve an entire cooked head of cauliflower and slice off wedges for your guests. 

I’ve seen a lot of ways to cook a whole head of cauliflower but they always seem to take hours. And then my eye caught a peek at my Instant Pot and I had a lightbulb moment. Today I’m sharing the easiest way to cook a whole head of cauliflower. And! I’m sharing a tasty marinade and sauce to put on top. Ready for it?

Instant Pot Cauliflower (Whole Head)

HOW TO COOK A WHOLE HEAD OF CAULIFLOWER IN THE INSTANT POT:

  1. Break off any leaves around the cauliflower head and cut the stem of the cauliflower so it sits on the counter flat. Be careful not to cut off any florets and to keep the head in tact. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, thyme leaves, salt, and paprika in a bowl. 
  3. Drizzle the marinade over the cauliflower head, using your hands to coat the entire head. 
  4. Place the trivet in the @InstantPotOfficial and pour ⅓ cup water into the bottom of the instant pot. 
  5. Place the cauliflower head on top of the trivet. 
  6. Place the lid on and make sure the valve is on sealing.
  7. Press the pressure cook button and set the @InstantPotOfficial to high pressure for five minutes. 
  8. Optional** you can place the cauliflower head on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and broil it for 2 – 5 minutes to crisp the outside. This is not necessary but adds a darker color to the outside florets. 

Instant Pot Cauliflower (Whole Head)

So that’s the basics on how to cook a cauliflower. If you want it without the marinate, just drizzle it with some olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. I think the marinade adds a really gorgeous color to the outer florets.

While the cauliflower is cooking, whisk together the tamari, tahini, and agave in a small bowl. If the ingredients need help incorporating, heat in the microwave for 20 seconds and continue to whisk until thickened and smooth. 

After the timer is up, release the steam from the instant pot by turning the sealing valve to venting. Plate the cauliflower head and drizzle with the tahini soy sauce. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves and sesame seeds for garnish. Cut into wedges and serve.

Instant Pot Cauliflower (Whole Head)

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Instant Pot Cauliflower (Whole Head)

  • Author: Lindsay// The Toasted Pine Nut
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 15 min+
  • Yield: 1 whole head 1x
  • Category: cauliflower
  • Method: instant pot
  • Cuisine: american

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Cook a whole head of cauliflower in your Instant Pot in 5 minutes! The easiest way to serve up a gorgeous, vegan, gluten free, and low carb cauli side!


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Ingredients

Cauli head

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ⅓ cup water

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon agave (honey or maple syrup works)
  • thyme leaves and sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  1. Break off any leaves around the cauliflower head and cut the stem of the cauliflower so it sits on the counter flat. Be careful not to cut off any florets and to keep the head in tact. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, thyme leaves, salt, and paprika in a bowl. 
  3. Drizzle the marinade over the cauliflower head, using your hands to coat the entire head. 
  4. Place the trivet in the @InstantPotOfficial and pour ⅓ cup water into the bottom of the instant pot. 
  5. Place the cauliflower head on top of the trivet. 
  6. Place the lid on and make sure the valve is on sealing.
  7. Press the pressure cook button and set the @InstantPotOfficial to high pressure for five minutes. 
  8. While the cauliflower is cooking, whisk together the tamari, tahini, and agave in a small bowl. If the ingredients need help incorporating, heat in the microwave for 20 seconds and continue to whisk until thickened and smooth. 
  9. After the timer is up, release the steam from the instant pot by turning the sealing valve to venting. 
  10. Optional** you can place the cauliflower head on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and broil it for 2 – 5 minutes to crisp the outside. This is not necessary but adds a darker color to the outside florets. 
  11. Plate the cauliflower head and drizzle with the tahini soy sauce. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves and sesame seeds for garnish. 
  12. Cut into wedges and serve.

Enjoy!! xo

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Cook a whole head of cauliflower in your Instant Pot in 5 minutes! The easiest way to serve up a gorgeous, vegan, gluten free, and low carb cauli side! thetoastedpinenut.com #thetoastedpinenut #instantpot #instantpotrecipes #cauliflower #wholecauliflowerhead