How to Cook Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a fairly easy type of vegetable to prepare and cook. Cauliflower can be cooked in many different ways to suit many different meals.

This article will cover the most basic preparation for cauliflower and give instructions on how to boil and steam cauliflower as well as give a suggestion for a side dish containing cauliflower that requires baking.

 – To boil cauliflower;

Cauliflower can be really tasty if boiled and not so tasty when over boiled.  When over boiling cauliflower, the cauliflower will fall apart and become squishy.  To gain the desired texture and taste, try the following steps;

For frozen cauliflower:

1.  Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the required amount of cauliflower to the saucepan. 

2.  Boil the cauliflower for around 8 minutes.  Drain and serve.

For fresh cauliflower:

1.  Cut the required amount of cauliflower from the bunch keeping the florets roughly around the same size.

2.  Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add the cauliflower to boiling water.

3.  Boil the cauliflower for around 5 minutes and then turn the heat to a gentle simmer.  Gently cook the cauliflower for a further 5 minutes on low.

– To steam cauliflower;

Steaming cauliflower gives an excellent result.  The cauliflower is not submerged in water so this gives the lesser chance of the cauliflower being over cooked.

For frozen cauliflower:

1.  Prepare your steamer and add the required amount of frozen cauliflower.

2.  Steam the cauliflower for around 10 minutes and then check after this time.  If you can slide a skewer through the stalk with little resistance, the cauliflower is done.  If not, give the cauliflower an extra 2-3 minutes.

For fresh cauliflower;

1.  Prepare your steamer.  Chop the required amount of cauliflower, again keeping the florets roughly the same size. 

2.  Add the cauliflower to the steamer and steam for around 12 – 15 minutes.  Check the cauliflower after 12 minutes similarly to step 2 of frozen cauliflower.  If it isn’t done, let it cook to the 15 minute mark.

– Baked Cauliflower and Broccoli

This side dish is best made when using fresh cauliflower and broccoli.

1.  Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F.  Lightly grease an oven proof dish with cooking spray.  The oven proof dish should have a lid but if you don’t have a dish with a lid, you can cover the dish with foil.

2.  Chop equal amounts of broccoli and cauliflower florets. Add these to your oven dish.

3.  Make a cheese sauce using a packet mix and pour over the top of the cauliflower and broccoli.  Alternatively, you can make your own cheese sauce; you’ll need about a cup.

4.  Cover the dish with a lid or foil and bake the cauliflower and broccoli in the oven for around 25 minutes.  Because ovens have their own cooking temperatures, check after this time.  If you can easily slide a skewer through the cauliflower, the dish is done.  If not, give the broccoli and cauliflower dish and extra five minutes at a time, making sure to check after 5 minutes is up.  Serve with your meal.

Baked broccoli and cauliflower is a great timesaving one dish side that makes cooking roast meals a breeze.  The dish can be altered to suit your tastes so if you only want cauliflower, you can completely omit the broccoli.  This dish is also a great change to serving boiled or steamed cauliflower.

Cauliflower tastes great when boiled or steamed but baking is also a tasty option.