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Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake is a must have in any keto repertoire. Anyone else struggle with side dishes in winter? Enter the ultimate winter side dish (or main!) – Keto Cauliflower Cheese bake. The sauce is creamy, rich but well balanced and goes perfectly with a touch of sour cream.

Before you scroll to the recipe, below I’ve tried to answer any questions you may have, including storage tips, sourcing ingredients and substitutions  

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Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake on a tray with green leafy vegetable on the side. Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake recipe by Aussie Keto Queen

Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake Summary

  • Ingredient tips
  • Recipe tips
  • Substitutions and sweetener tips
  • Storage tips
  • How many carbs in Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake?

We all know cauliflower is a keto staple, as are bacon and cheese.

Everyone has their own version of a Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake, and this is the winner in my house.

Ingredients for Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake

The perfect keto side dish – loaded full of healthy fats and flavour! 

You will need:

  • Cauliflower
  • Bacon
  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

Substitutions and Ingredient tips

This makes a regular appearance alongside meat mains, such as my BBQ Pork RibsRoasted Pork Belly or just a juicy steak or piece of salmon.

The portions are flexible, if you have extra bacon or extra cheese to be used, add it in.

You can also use broccoli instead of cauliflower, and if you’re running low on cream cheese or sour cream I’ll often just add in some heavy cream instead. It’s really flexible – any creamy sauce will do!

You can also leave out the bacon if you want it vegetarian, or sub it for any other cooked meat you’ve got.

I’ve used left over roast chicken in this Keto Cauliflower Bake for an all in one meal!

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Tips for making Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Some left over odd bits of cheese left in the fridge? Chuck it in!

What I love about this dish is that it isn’t too stodgy and overly cheesy like a lot of Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bakes.

Using sour cream and cream cheese actually gives it a bit of a lighter taste, almost like an alfredo.

Here’s the step-by-step cooking instruction

  1. Prepare all ingredients as indicated above. Preheat the oven to 200C / 392F and locate a roasting dish of approx 20cm x 20cm. Size isn’t too important here. 
  2. Steam the cauliflower in the microwave until soft (see note). 
  3. While the cauliflower is steaming, add the olive oil to a large frying pan and put over medium heat. Add the bacon, onion and crushed garlic and fry until the bacon is just crispy and the onion translucent. 
  4. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper. Don’t be too concerned if there’s a few lumps of cream cheese.
  5. Add half the grated cheese to the cream cheese sauce and stir to combine. 
  6. Combine the cauliflower, cooked bacon and cream cheese sauce in your roasting dish and distribute evenly. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top. 
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes until lightly crispy on top. 

Steaming Cauliflower in the Microwave:

To do this, I use a large microwave proof container with lid. For frozen cauliflower, it usually takes around 6 -7 minutes. For fresh cauliflower, add a splash of water and microwave on high, usually for 4 – 5 minutes depending on your microwave. 

Storage tips

Fridge: Store Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Freezer: Place leftover Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake in an airtight freezer-safe storage container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

I make big batches of this and freeze it for a speedy side dish. On those nights I don’t feel like cooking, I’ll grab a roast chicken and serve it with this and a side salad and you’ve got a delicious, nutritious Keto dinner on the table in 15 mins!

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How many carbs in Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake

As you will see in the nutrition panel below, this Recipe Name has 6 grams of carbs and 1 grams of fiber per serve. This equates to 5 grams net carbs. 

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Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake by Rachel Burke Aussie Keto Queen. Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake is a must have in any keto repertoire The perfect keto side dish - loaded full of healthy fats and flavour! Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake on a tray with green leafy vegetable on the side.

If you’ve been looking for something easy to make ahead for the week, this can also be perfect.

I have eaten my Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake for days after preparing – both for dinner and lunch. If you want to amp it up even more, toss in some cooked chicken!

It is also easily doubled or tripled if you are feeding a crowd or want to cook for the whole week.

Enjoy

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Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake by Rachel Burke Aussie Keto Queen. Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake is a must have in any keto repertoire The perfect keto side dish - loaded full of healthy fats and flavour! Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bake on a tray with green leafy vegetable on the side.

Cauliflower & Cheese Bake

The perfect keto side dish – loaded full of healthy fats and flavour! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 side dishes
Calories 223 kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 grams frozen cauliflower, or one large head chopped into small florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 rashers bacon diced
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup grated tasty cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare all ingredients as indicated above. Preheat the oven to 200C / 392F and locate a roasting dish of approx 20cm x 20cm. Size isn’t too important here. 

  2. Steam the cauliflower in the microwave until soft (see note). 

  3. While the cauliflower is steaming, add the olive oil to a large frying pan and put over medium heat. Add the bacon, onion and crushed garlic and fry until the bacon is just crispy and the onion translucent. 

  4. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, salt and pepper. Don’t be too concerned if there’s a few lumps of cream cheese.

  5. Add half the grated cheese to the cream cheese sauce and stir to combine. 

  6. Combine the cauliflower, cooked bacon and cream cheese sauce in your roasting dish and distribute evenly. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top. 

  7. Bake in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes until lightly crispy on top. 

Recipe Notes

Steaming Cauliflower in the Microwave:

To do this, I use a large microwave proof container with lid. For frozen cauliflower, it usually takes around 6 -7 minutes. For fresh cauliflower, add a splash of water and microwave on high, usually for 4 – 5 minutes depending on your microwave. 

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower & Cheese Bake
Amount per Serving
Calories
223
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Cholesterol
 
37
mg
12
%
Sodium
 
502
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
6
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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