This Steamed Cauliflower recipe is an easy 15-minute recipe, perfect as a low-carb keto-friendly side dish or light dinner.
Is Cauliflower Keto?
It contains only 1.7 grams of net carbs per 100 grams once cooked which is lower than most vegetables.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Steamed cauliflower is the best low-calories side dish naturally:
How Long Does It Take To Steam Cauliflower?
It only takes 8 minutes to steam cauliflower florets and make the most delicious tender cauliflower bites.
All you need to add flavor to the steamed cauliflower are:
- Olive oil or butter
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder
How To Steam Cauliflower
Steaming cauliflower is the most method to cook a head of cauliflower in less than 10 minutes.
First, prepare the cauliflower head, Bring the head of cauliflower up-side-down on a chopping board and remove steam and green leaves around. Discard these parts.
Next, cut the cauliflower into small florets, It’s better to cut the florets into similar sizes so they steam at the same speed.
Clean the cauliflower florets under cold tap water into a sieve.
You can add a pinch of baking soda to the cauliflower to remove cauliflower impurities and smell.
Steaming Cauliflower In The Microwave
The main reason why I love steaming vegetables in the microwave are:
- It’s faster
- Less cleaning
- You can steam without a steaming basket
Place the cauliflower florets into a large microwave-safe bowl. Add about 3 tablespoons of cold water to the bottom of the bowl and cover the bowl with a microwave same lid or plate.
Microwave on high 900W for 3-4 minutes.
Check if cauliflower is cooked by inserting a knife or fork into the steamed florets. The florets should be soft but still tender.
If too hard, keep microwaving in 1-minute bursts until it reaches your favorite texture.
Steaming Cauliflower In A Steamer Basket
If you have a steamer basket, then warm some water at the bottom of a non-stick saucepan – about 1 liter or enough to cover the bottom of that pan but not too much.
You don’t want the basket to dip in the water.
Place the steamer basket in the saucepan over the boiling water and fill the basket with the cauliflower florets.
Steam for about 7-8 minutes, cover the saucepan with a lid and bring to medium heat.
Check after 6 minutes if the florets are cooked, remove as soon as you are able to insert a toothpick or knife in the center of the florets.
Drain over a sieve and cool down before adding some flavors or use in any recipes calling for steamed cauliflower.
How To Use Steamed Cauliflower
Keto Side Dish
You can eat steamed cauliflower on its own as a low-carb side dish and low-calorie dinner.
The best topping to add to the warm florets are:
- Butter or olive oil
- Salt and pepper
It’s a delicious combo to many meat-based meals like:
Steamed cauliflower, without the added butter, is a great base for making keto casserole recipes like:
- Keto Cauliflower Mac and cheese
- Keto Cauliflower casserole
- Low-carb Mashed Potato Puree – steamed cauliflower is the best keto swap for potatoes and makes a low-carb puree. Mash it with butter, garlic salt, and pepper or add a touch of cream cheese for a creamy mock potato puree.
- Cauliflower Potato Salad
- Cauliflower Hummus
You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container or freeze cauliflower for later.
More Cauliflower Recipes
Below I listed some more cauliflower recipes for you to try:
Have you made this keto cauliflower recipe? Share a comment or review below.
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