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Bowl of cauliflower florets.
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Microwave Cauliflower

Fast and easy method to steam cauliflower in the microwave.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower
Servings: 4
Calories: 62kcal
Author: Heather


  • Microwave


  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  • Clean and cut cauliflower into florets.
  • Place florets and water in a microwave safe bowl. Cover the top of the bowl with plastic wrap like Cling wrap.
  • Microwave for 5 minutes. Carefully remove bowl from microwave and remove plastic wrap.
  • If adding seasonings or butter, add now and stir to coat.



Cook time may vary depending on how much cauliflower you are cooking. If you check the cauliflower after 5 minutes and it's still to hard, cover again and cook another 1-2 minutes. 
Try cutting the florets to a similar size so they cook evenly.
Make sure to use oven mitts or a towel to remove the bowl from the microwave. It will be hot.


Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 335mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg