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How to Steam Cauliflower in the Microwave

Steam cauliflower for a delicious side dish in just 5 minutes! Depening on how many watts your microwave is, cook time may vary.
Prep Time1 min
Active Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buddabowl, buddha bowl, steamed cauliflower


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp butter to taste
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Cut up cauliflower into bite sized pieces
  • Place cauliflower and water into a microwave safe bowl and cover with a plate
  • Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. Test for doneness. Continue to microwave in 1 minute intervals until done. If steaming cauliflower for mashing, it may take 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving dish, mix with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!