Microwave Cauliflower

microwave cauliflower

Microwave cauliflower is a trick I’ve learned from one of jeffrey steingarten’s books – a whole head of cauliflower can be wrapped in plastic wrap and microwaved. The result is a perfectly cooked, tender-yet-crisp cauliflower, with much less effort (and dishes to clean) than boiling or steaming. Steamed cauliflower is so delicious and buttery, I like to season it simply, with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Microwave Cauliflower
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Recipe type: Sides, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Primal/Paleo, Vegan
Yield: 2 servings
  • 1 medium head cauliflower (1½ lb. before removing outer leaves, 1 lb. after)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Wash the cauliflower, dry with paper towels and trim the outer leaves. Wrap in plastic wrap. Microwave for 8 minutes (medium head) to 10 minutes (large head). Allow to slightly cool until easier to handle, then gently separate into florets and transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, sprinkle with salt and pepper, mix and serve.
  2. If you worry about using plastic wrap in the microwave, or about it touching food, you could also wash and trim the cauliflower, cut into florets, and place in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add a couple tablespoons of cold water to the bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with a microwave-safe plate, and cook on high for about 10 minutes, or until cauliflower is crisp-tender.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 124; Fat: 7g; Carbohydrates: 13g; Sodium: 356mg; Fiber: 6g; Protein: 5g

Microwave Cauliflower

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