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Healthy Instant Pot Cauliflower - cook whole cauliflower head in the pressure cooker and serve with delicious creamy gravy to make it more flavorful. Perfect vegetarian and vegan recipe for the holiday dinner or weeknight healthy meal. | #watchwhatueat #veganthanksgiving #vegan #cauliflower
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Garlic And Herb Instant Pot Cauliflower With Delicious Gravy

Whole cauliflower head flavored with fresh garlic and herbs and cooked in the pressure cooker. Also, learn to make delicious gravy that compliments this steamed whole cauliflower dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch / Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American Inspired
Servings: 4
Calories: 99kcal



  • 1 large cauliflower head


  • 3-4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tsp  smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper

For Gravy

  • 1 onion cut into large pieces
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves whole
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable stock
  • ½ tsp  thyme or more if fresh
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour


  • In a small bowl combine all the ingredients listed under marinade.
  • Cut leaves from the bottom of the cauliflower head. Carefully trim the stem flush without cutting the florets. It will help the cauliflower to sit flat on the trivet.
  • Rub the prepared garlic-herb marinade on the cauliflower head evenly.
  • For the gravy heat oil in saute mode of the Instant Pot. Add onion and whole garlic cloves; cook until translucent.
  • Then add vegetable stock, thyme and lemon juice. Place the trivet into the Instant Pot.
  • Put the whole cauliflower head on the trivet. Cook for 3 min on manual high-pressure mode. Allow pressure to release naturally for 5 min and then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Carefully transfer the cauliflower to an oven-safe dish or tray. Optionally, broil it 3-4 min in the oven to get a nice crust.
  • Turn on the saute mode in the Instant Pot. Add flour to the gravy base and blend everything using a hand blender until it gets to a smooth consistency. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Cook the gravy for 3-4 min and serve warm with the cooked cauliflower.


  1. Do not forget to open the lid after 5 min to naturally release the pressure and take the cauliflower out from the Instant Pot once it is opened. Else, the steam from the gravy base will keep on cooking the cauliflower.
  2. Gravy - you can increase the quantity of the gravy by adding more vegetable stock and flour before blending the gravy base.


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.9g | Protein: 5.1g | Fat: 2.9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 720mg | Fiber: 6.4g | Sugar: 7.2g | Iron: 2mg