Steamed Cauliflower in the Microwave

Steam cauliflower in the microwave and have it ready to serve in just minutes! 

how to steam cauliflower in the microwave

Cauliflower is so tasty and can be used in so many different ways, it is definitely a vegetable that you want to have in your repertoire of steamed vegetable recipes. This recipe is fast and easy and makes a delicious side dish. 

I find that a lot of people are hesitant to try cauliflower, I mean it is a strange looking vegetable! With this recipe, you can begin to explore all of the mouthwatering ways to prepare cauliflower. 

Perks of Steaming Cauliflower in the Microwave

  • It only takes minutes, there is no boiling water!
  • Minimal to no prep time/clean up since all you need is a microwave safe bowl 
  • Cauliflower is SO much tastier and softer when served hot and steamed!

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp of water
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional)
  • Salt & pepper (optional)

How to Steam Cauliflower in the Microwave – Step by Step

  1. Cut up cauliflower into bite sized pieces
  2. Place cauliflower and water into a microwave safe bowl
  3. Cover bowl with plate
  4. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes
  5. Transfer to a serving dish, top with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Does it Taste Good Though?

Maybe butter, salt and pepper does not activate your taste buds enough!.That is ok, there are many other ways you can season cauliflower. 

Toss your steamed cauliflower florets in olive oil, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning.

Sprinkle freshly grated cheddar cheese onto your steamed cauliflower, pop it back in the microwave for about 15 seconds and enjoy! 

Try experimenting with different seasonings that you have in your cabinet! 

Can I Steam Frozen Cauliflower?

Yes! Just follow the same instructions as above, your cauliflower will probably already be cut into bite sized pieces. If not, after they have been steamed you can cut them smaller! 

If you steam your cauliflower and it still feels too raw, pop it back in the microwave and heat in 1 minute intervals until the cauliflower is as tender as you would like it. 

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How to Steam Cauliflower in the Microwave
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Steam cauliflower for a delicious side dish in just 5 minutes! Depening on how many watts your microwave is, cook time may vary.

Course: sides
Keyword: steamed cauliflower
Author: Steamy Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp butter to taste
  • 1/4 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut up cauliflower into bite sized pieces

  2. Place broccoli and water into a microwave safe bowl and cover with a plate

  3. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes

  4. Transfer to a serving dish, top with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!

If you have tried making steamed cauliflower in the microwave, or any other recipe on my blog, then please rate it and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!