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This cauliflower stuffing is a must-have at any Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering! This vegan and keto stuffing uses simple ingredients, but cooks up into an ultra savory dish that even traditional stuffing lovers will appreciate — all with no bread whatsoever (not even keto bread!).
This keto dressing for Thanksgiving makes a delicious holiday side dish next to spatchcock turkey, keto gravy, and sugar-free pecan pie, but no need to limit it to one meal a year… it also makes a perfect pairing with comforting main dishes like keto pot roast.
Why You’ll Love This Keto Stuffing Recipe
- Savory herby, caramelized flavor
- Soft, tender, and crunchy textures
- Uses traditional seasonings and lots of vegetables
- 10 minutes to prep
- 6.2 grams net carbs per serving
- Naturally gluten-free, paleo, low carb, and keto
Ingredient & Substitution Notes
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for stuffing with cauliflower, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
- Cauliflower – Use a large head and chop into small florets. For more crisp cauliflower, you can chop them larger, but you get better caramelization with smaller florets. If you want to prepare it riced, use the same size cauliflower and see how to make cauliflower rice stuffing below.
- Onion – Use a yellow onion or white onion, sliced.
- Celery – Slice into thin pieces. Other low carb vegetables like celeriac or fennel would make good substitutes.
- Garlic – Use fresh garlic for best taste, or jarred minced garlic to save time.
- Olive Oil – You can also substitute unsalted butter or ghee for richer flavor.
- Seasonings – Including poultry seasoning, dried thyme, ground sage, sea salt, and black pepper.
- Parsley – Chop finely.
- Pecans – These add traditional stuffing flavor and light crunch, but you can substitute any keto nuts you prefer (or omit for a nut-free version). Chop finely.
How To Make Cauliflower Stuffing
This section shows how to make keto stuffing, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Season. In a large bowl, stir together cauliflower, onions, celery, and garlic. Add oil and seasonings and toss to coat.
- Transfer. Move the mixture to a lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer, using two baking sheets if needed to allow room for vegetables to caramelize.
- Roast. Cook in the oven until the onions are soften and caramelized, and cauliflower begins browning slightly.
- Finish. Add parsley and pecans to the pan, stir, and bake keto stuffing until nuts are toasted, cauliflower is golden brown, and onions are caramelized.
- Use As Turkey Stuffing – Cook according to the recipe, then stuff the bird with it (such as with this easy turkey recipe). It will become very soft, so make sure you like soft veggies before attempting this variation.
- Riced Cauliflower Stuffing – Prepare recipe as written, except make riced cauliflower instead of chopping into florets. Instead of adding the cauliflower rice with the rest of the vegetables, add at the same time as parsley and pecans. Cook, then stir after 5 minutes before finishing in the oven for the final 5 minutes of cook time.
- Add Other Veggies – Sliced carrot or mushrooms would also work well with this recipe, though carb counts will change slightly.
- Use Fresh Herbs – For more aromatic flavor, substitute fresh thyme and sage (1/2 tablespoon each) for their dried versions. Fresh rosemary would also be an excellent addition!
- Make Cauliflower Stuffing With Sausage – Brown your favorite filler-free, sugar-free sausage on the stovetop and add to the vegetables before roasting.
- Use Bread Instead – If you prefer your keto stuffing with actual bread, make keto bread (or keto yeast bread), then toss with other ingredients and roast.
- Store: Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Meal prep: Chop all vegetables ahead of time, then store until ready to assemble.
- Reheat: Warm in a 350 degree F oven until heated through. Serve it with (or include in) leftover turkey casserole for a post-holiday feast!
- Freeze: Avoid freezing this Thanksgiving cauliflower stuffing recipe, since it will get too mushy after thawing.
More Keto Holiday Side Dish Recipes
Don’t stop at keto Thanksgiving stuffing… try these other mouthwatering low carb holiday sides as well!
Tools To Make Cauliflower Stuffing
- Baking Sheet – My favorite for everyday recipes and holiday sides alike!
Keto Cauliflower Stuffing
Keto Cauliflower Stuffing (All Flavor, No Bread!)
Easy keto cauliflower stuffing is flavorful, caramelized, herby and savory. With 10 minutes of prep, it's perfect for your Thanksgiving table!
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- In a large bowl, stir together the chopped cauliflower, onions, celery, and garlic. Toss with olive oil, poultry seasoning, sage, thyme, sea salt, and black pepper.
Spread the mixture in a single layer on the lined baking sheet. (You may need two sheets depending on the size. You want as many of the cauliflower florets and onions in contact with the pan as possible.) Roast in the oven for about 15 minutes, until the onions are soft and cauliflower is starting to brown a little.
Add the fresh parsley and pecans to the pan, and stir everything together. Roast for 10-15 more minutes, until the pecans are lightly toasted, cauliflower is well browned, and onions are starting to caramelize.
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