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Steamed Cauliflower

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This Steamed Cauliflower recipe is an easy 15-minute recipe, perfect as a low-carb keto-friendly side dish or light dinner.

The Best Steamed Cauliflower Keto Low Carb Side Dish

Is Cauliflower Keto?

Cauliflower is a low-carb keto-friendly vegetable perfect to use as a swap to flour in cauliflower pizza crust or as a potato replacement in cauliflower potato salad.

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:

  • Dairy-Free
  • Egg-Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Paleo
  • Low-Carb
  • Keto

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 the stem 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.

The Best Steamed Cauliflower Keto Low Carb Side Dish

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
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper

It’s a delicious combo to many meat-based meals like:

The Best Steamed Cauliflower Keto Low Carb Side Dish

Keto Casserole

Steamed cauliflower, without the added butter, is a great base for making keto casserole recipes like:


You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container or freeze cauliflower for later.

Freeze for up to 3 months and use frozen in any recipes. You don’t need to thaw the cauliflower to use in a casserole or a dish with sauce.

Have you made this keto cauliflower recipe? Share a  comment or review below.

The Best Steamed Cauliflower Keto Low Carb Side Dish

Steamed Cauliflower

3gNet Carbs
This 15-minute Steamed Cauliflower recipe is the perfect light side dish for low-carb keto food lovers.
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 55 mins
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 serving (1 ½ cup)


Net Carbs 3g
Fat 4.1g
Protein 1.9g
Calories 58.3kcal
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  • Trim the cauliflower stems, remove the leaves, then break them into small bite-size florets about 1.5-inch wide.
  • Boil 1 liter of water in a non-stick saucepan or steamer.
  • Place the florets into a steamer basket over the boiled water and steam for 8 minutes or until fork-tender.
  • Cool down on a colander for a few minutes until completely steamed out, then transfer to a large baking dish.
  • Serve immediately with fresh butter or olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
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Nutrition Facts
Steamed Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1 ½ cup))
Calories 58.3 Calories from Fat 37
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.1g6%
Saturated Fat 2.5g16%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 252.7mg11%
Potassium 291.4mg8%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1.8g2%
Protein 1.9g4%
Net Carbs 3g
Vitamin A 117.5IU2%
Vitamin B12 0.01µg0%
Vitamin C 46.2mg56%
Calcium 23.2mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
Magnesium 14.9mg4%
Zinc 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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