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Steamed Cauliflower (How to Steam Cauliflower)

  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: How-To
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


How to Steam Cauliflower (Steamed Cauliflower) – an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to steam cauliflower on the stovetop or microwave!


  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut onto florets
  • water


  1. Add a steamer basket to a medium-sized saucepan. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the saucepan. Place the cauliflower florets inside.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let cook 5-6 minutes for a firm, but tender finish or 7-9 minutes for a softer finish.
  3. Serve with butter, kosher salt and/or ground black pepper.


  • No Steamer Basket: if you don’t have a steamer basket simply add enough water to cover the bottom of the saucepan and then add the cauliflower in and proceed with the recipe as written.
  • Microwave Method: add cauliflower florets to a microwave safe bowl along with enough water to cover the bottom of the container. Cover loosely with a microwave safe cover. Microwave on high for approx. 10 minutes, checking every 3-4 minutes for doneness and to toss gently.
  • Storage: store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

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