How to Cut and Core Cauliflower

How to quickly, easily, and safely core and cut cauliflower!


  • One head of cauliflower


1 Pull leaves off base of cauliflower.


2 Cut cauliflower in half from the top of the crown through the stem.


3 Lay the cauliflower halves cut side down on the cutting board and cut them vertically again.


4 Lay the cauliflower quarter on the cutting board and angle the knife so that it cuts out the core. Repeat with remaining quarters of cauliflower.


5 Pull apart the cauliflower florets.


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  • Marl

    Great Video ! Thanks…..been wasting half my cauliflower for years now. Thanks !

  • Doug

    I would never throw the core away, all that needs to be done is for it to be peeled, there’s a lot of cauliflower flesh being wasted otherwise. The way I cut cauliflower is to simply cut the stem off from the bottom, after having peeled off the leaves, and then peel the core while it’s a whole stem…after that just slice up the core into bite-size pieces.

  • In the Kitchens

    Wow-what a great way to easily cut and core cauliflower! Can’t wait to teach my kids! This trick would probably work for a fennel bulb too. Thanks for sharing!


  • Nina Davies

    Surely cauliflower cut this way means that some of the florets will be cut too, resulting in breaking up easily when cooked. I prefer my florets to stay whole.

    • Elise Bauer

      No, the florets are fine and stay together. Try it, you’ll see!

      • Nina Davies

        I must be seeing different images ! I can see floret heads cut in half and bits of the floret heads on the chopping board.

        • Elise Bauer

          True! There will be a few bits of florets as shown. And you might manage to not make one of the cuts perfectly. But if another method works better for you, great!

  • Gwyn Walton

    Wow! Thank you Elise! This surely makes it easier! It seems like a no-brainer but I’ve been doing it the hard way for way too many years!

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Gwyn Walton


  • Michael Capelle

    Do you realize how delicious the raw cores are?

    • Elise Bauer

      Of course, I love the cores! They’re great to munch on raw.

  • Marjorie Wax

    Thanks for sharing this – I love learning new “tricks”


  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    hahaha, I did it all wrong!

  • Kathy

    Nice! I’ll remember that!

  • Natalie Harney

    Wow! Why had I never thought of doing this before, so much quicker than how I’ve been doing it