Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese

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This Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese is my GF spin on a traditional British dish. Perfect as a main course or side dish, this cheesy deliciousness makes for a delightful dose of comfort!

a white pan filled with cauliflower cheese

I watch my fair share of British cooking shows and Cauliflower Cheese has been on my list of things to test-cook for a long while now. I wanted to create a gluten-free version without too many bells and whistles to keep it in line with the traditional version of the dish. This recipe turned out ridiculously tasty and is a big hit with my family…kids and adults alike! I hope you and yours love it, too.

📖 Features

  • Rich, creamy, and flavorful.
  • Super easy to make.
  • Total comfort food.
  • Works as a main dish or side dish.
  • Gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free, and soy-free.
a white plate with one serving of gluten free cauliflower cheese

🔪 Recipe Steps

Step 1: Prepare the cauliflower by slicing it into florets and boiling it in water until tender. Set aside.

Step 2: On the stovetop over medium heat add butter, garlic, and bay leaf. Saute, then add flour to make a roux. Stir in the remaining ingredients to make a creamy sauce.

Step 3: Preheat oven. Add cauliflower to the sauce and toss to coat. Place into a baking dish and sprinkle with gluten-free breadcrumbs and cheese.

Step 4: Bake, then enjoy!

Looking for a vegan option? Check out this vegan cauliflower cheese.


Can I use a different cheese in this dish?

Yes. I find sharp cheddar to pair nicely with cauliflower and the addition of mustard, but nearly any cheese will work in this dish.

What kind of gluten-free flour should I use?

A good gluten-free all-purpose blend works well, one either with or without xanthan gum. In a pinch, white or brown rice flour or chickpea flour will work well, too.

Can I use frozen cauliflower instead of fresh?

Yes, you can! Just be certain to drain extra well after boiling for the best results.

Can I make this dish vegan?

Yes. Use plant-based milk and butter. For the cheese, I recommend using Miyokos shredded vegan cheddar for the best results.

How do I store this dish?

This dish tastes best fresh out of the oven. It keeps well and lightly covered at room temperature for about 4 hours. Any longer and I advise refrigerating it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to one week. To reheat, place in a 400F oven until warmed throughout.

🍲 More Comfort Food Dishes You Might Enjoy

Gluten-Free Savory Cheesy Bread Waffles

Cheesy Butternut Squash Casserole 

Savory Zucchini Oatmeal

gluten free cauliflower cheese recipe

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese

This Gluten-Free Cauliflower Cheese is my GF spin on a traditional British dish. Perfect as a main course or side dish, this cheesy deliciousness makes for a delightful dose of comfort!
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Course: Entrées, Side Dish
Cuisine: British
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 head cauliflower sliced into large florets
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bay leaf dried
  • ¼ cup gluten-free all purpose flour with or without xanthan gum
  • 2 cups milk of choice we like oat
  • 1 tablespoon mustard dijon, english or stoneground
  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt or pink salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus extra (1-2 tablespoons) for sprinkling on top
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • olive oil for greasing pan


  • Prepare your head of cauliflower by slicing off the leafy end, then slicing (or breaking) into large florets. Place the cauliflower in a pot of salted water and gently boil for 5 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain, then set aside.
  • In a pot over medium heat add butter, minced garlic and the bay leaf. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until the garlic is turning golden. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes longer, stirring frequently.
  • Add milk and whisk frequently until the sauce begins to visibly thicken (1-2 minutes). Stir in mustard, salt and pepper. Turn off heat, then stir in shredded cheese until you have a nice thick and creamy cheese sauce. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Prepare a baking dish or pan by drizzling with a little olive oil. Add the cooked cauliflower to the cheese sauce. Toss to coat. Pour into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and 1-2 tablespoons of shredded cheese. Place into preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes or until all is golden and bubbly.
  • Let cool a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1110mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 834IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 602mg | Iron: 1mg
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