Steamed Cauliflower

Steamed Cauliflower (How to Steam Cauliflower) – a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to easily steam cauliflower on the stovetop or in the microwave. The perfect simple side dish that will go with anything!

Steamed Cauliflower (how to steam cauliflower) – This quick and easy tutorial will show you how to make perfectly Steamed Cauliflower in two different ways – stovetop and microwave! Follow our step-by-step instructions to make this super simple side dish recipe!

Simple Steamed Cauliflower

There is simply nothing better than those quick and easy side dish recipes on busy weeknights! And this steamed cauliflower recipe is just that. With options to make it on the stovetop with a steamer basket, without a steamer basket, or simply in the microwave, this is a recipe for anyone! Keep it simple with butter, salt, and pepper or dress it up with any of your favorite herbs and spices. Either way it will be one of your new favorite things.

What You Will Need

  • fresh cauliflower florets – cut them into large or smaller florets. If you chose a larger size, it will just take a bit longer to fully steam them.
  • water – just a little in the bottom to create the steam.

How To Steam Cauliflower On Stovetop

To begin this cooking method, you place your steamer basked in a medium saucepan and add water to cover the bottom.

Place your cauliflower florets in the steamer basket.

Cover and bring to a boil on medium high heat.

Then reduce to a simmer on a lower heat and let the cauliflower steam for 5-6 minutes if you want them more firm and 7-9 minutes for a softer finish. Give them a poke to see if they are fork tender.

How To Steam Cauliflower In The Microwave

Place cauliflower florets in a microwave safe bowl along with enough water to cover the bottom of the container. Cover loosely with a microwave safe cover, make sure it is NOT tightly sealed. Microwave on high for approx. 10 minutes, checking every 3-4 minutes for doneness and to toss gently.

Best Ways To Serve Steamed Cauliflower

You can keep it simple and just toss them with some butter, kosher salt, and pepper. Or you could add some lemon, parsley, chili powder for a little bit of a kick, or any of your favorite fresh herbs. Or you can whip the steamed cauliflower in a blender or food processor to make mashed cauliflower and serve it with our Braised Lemon Garlic Chicken – so good!!

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