Can You Microwave Cauliflower? – Step by Step Guide

We all probably have that one leftover or thing in the fridge that we’ve wondered about microwaving. If cauliflower is yours, then have no fear! YES, you can microwave cauliflower.

Oddly enough, there are a couple of different ways you can cook cauliflower using simple ingredients and a regular microwave. There’s only a little bit of prep involved, and both methods give you delicious cauliflower.

These methods are both similar to how you would cook broccoli in the microwave.

Method One: Regular Cooked Cauliflower

For this method, you’re going to cook your cauliflower straight in the microwave.
Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cauliflower (whole heads or florets)
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper, lemon juice, or whatever you prefer)

If you’re cooking the cauliflower whole, simply cut off any bad pieces, hard spots, or unsavory bits. Next, you want to place the heads in a microwave-safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and microwave for 8-10 minutes.

The cooking time will vary depending on your microwave, and how hard or soft you want your cauliflower. It’s ok to play with it a bit to see how it turns out.

For cooking just the cauliflower florets, the process is the same, just add a little bit of water to the bowl.

Method Two: Steamed Cauliflower

If you’d prefer to have your cauliflower steamed, there is a simple method to do so in the microwave. The setup is similar to our last recipe. Wash and clean the cauliflower, chop it into pieces and place it in a microwave-safe bowl.

This time though, you want to add enough water to the bowl to cover the bottom of the bowl. Once you add the water, cover the bowl with a plate or microwave-safe cover to trap in the heat and steam and microwave for 3-5 minutes depending on your microwave and your taste. This will perfectly steam your cauliflower.

Final Thoughts

There you have it. Two quick and easy methods to cook your cauliflower in the microwave. Now you never have to fear those cold leftovers or vegetables again.