4 Ways to Prepare Fresh Cauliflower

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4 Ways to Prepare Fresh Cauliflower
4 Ways to Prepare Fresh Cauliflower

If your only experience with cauliflower is soft, overcooked florets, it's time to try a new method of cooking it. Because cauliflower is naturally soft, grilling it in a hot oven reveals a rich flavor. For a quick low-fat method, cook the florets until tender or steam them in the microwave. To make cauliflower the star of your meal, cut it into thick steaks and grill until tender and browned.


Boiled cauliflower florets

  • 1 washed cauliflower;
  • 4 cups or more of water to cover the foils;
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 4 servings.

Cauliflower steamed in the microwave

  • 1 washed cauliflower;
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of water;
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 6 servings.

Roasted cauliflower with parmesan

  • 1 washed cauliflower;
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice;
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil;
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese;
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper;
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Makes 6 servings.

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

  • 2 washed cauliflowers;
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt;
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper;
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder;
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika;
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil.

Makes 4 servings.


Method 1 of 4: Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan

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Step 1. Preheat oven to 200 °C and grease a baking sheet

Apply oil or line the baking sheet with aluminum foil. If you don't have a baking sheet, use a glass dish.

Step 2. Cut a cauliflower into florets

Split the washed cauliflower in half from top to stem. Place both pieces on the cutting board and cut them in half lengthwise. Turn one of the pieces to the side and cut at an angle to remove the stalk. Then hold the cauliflower over a bowl and break it so that the foils fall into the bowl.

Repeat with each piece of cauliflower

Step 3. Stir the florets with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder

Place a tablespoon of lemon juice and three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil on top of the cauliflower in the bowl, then mix with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.

Although you can use fresh garlic, it can burn while the cauliflower roasts

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Step 4. Spread the cauliflower on the baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes

Arrange the foils in one layer and place the pan in the oven. Roast the cauliflower until it's soft when you skewer it with a fork.

As the cauliflower roasts, the top will turn a little golden

Step 5. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of Parmesan on top of the florets

Use gloves or a cloth to take the baking sheet out of the oven and carefully apply the grated cheese to the cauliflower. If you don't want to add cheese, you can skip this step.

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Step 6. Bake the foils for three to five minutes

Return the pan to the oven and bake the cauliflower until the cheese melts. Remove the foils and serve while still hot.

Store leftovers in a vacuum container for up to five days

Method 2 of 4: Boiled Cauliflower Florets

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Step 1. Cut a cauliflower into small pieces

Place a washed cauliflower on the cutting board and cut in half lengthwise. Separate the halves and cut them in half again. Then, turn a piece on its side and cut the stem at an angle. Hold the cauliflower over a bowl and break it so that the foils fall into the bowl.


To cook an entire cauliflower, remove the leaves and place the whole cauliflower in the pan. Cook for ten minutes or until tender.

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Step 2. Boil a pot of water over high heat

Place a medium pot on the stove and fill 3/4 of it with water. Then cover it and light the fire so that the water boils.

To season cauliflower while cooking, use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water

Step 3. Add the cauliflower to the pan and boil for five to seven minutes

Wear gloves to take the lid off the pot and add the florets slowly. Leave the pan uncovered and cook the florets to the desired consistency.

If you want to puree the cauliflower, cook it until it is completely tender when you prick it with a fork

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Step 4. Drain the cauliflower in a colander

Place a colander or strainer in the sink and slowly pour the cauliflower into it so that the water runs out the drain. Be careful when doing this as the water vapor is hot.

Step 5. Season the foils with salt and pepper

Transfer the cauliflower to a serving plate and season with salt, pepper or a little butter. Refrigerate leftovers in a container for up to five days.

Method 3 of 4: Cauliflower steamed in microwave

Step 1. Cut a cauliflower into small pieces

Take a chef's knife and cut the washed cauliflower in half lengthwise. Separate the halves and cut them in half again. Then turn the knife at an angle and cut the stem from each part. Hold the cauliflower over a bowl and break it into foils.

  • As you cut the stem, it will easily break into foils.
  • Use a microwave-safe bowl.

Step 2. Put two or three tablespoons of water in the bowl and cover it loosely

Add enough water to cover the bottom of the cauliflower bowl. Place plastic wrap, waxed paper or a wet towel over the bowl to trap steam while the cauliflower cooks.

You can also cover the bowl with a small plate

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Step 3. Heat the cauliflower in the microwave for three to four minutes

If you want the cauliflower to be a little stiff, cook for three minutes. If you like it very soft, microwave it for four minutes.

Cook the cauliflower on full power

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Step 4. Leave the cauliflower in the microwave for a minute before taking it out

She will continue to cook while she rests. After a minute, wear gloves to remove the hot bowl and carefully lift the lid or cover. Stick a fork in a foil to see if it looks the way you want it.

  • The steam from the bowl is very hot, so lift the lid away from your face.
  • If the cauliflower is not soft enough, cover the bowl and place it back in the microwave. Heat the cauliflower for a minute and check again.
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Step 5. Drain the water from the bowl

There may have been some water left in the bottom of the bowl. If so, carefully pour it into a drainer in the sink.

Step 6. Season the cauliflower

Put it back in the bowl and season with salt and pepper. To add extra flavor, mix in a little butter or olive oil. For a creamier topping, pour warm cheese sauce onto the cauliflower.

Refrigerate leftovers in a vacuum container for up to five days

Method 4 of 4: Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

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Step 1. Light a gas or charcoal grill over medium-low heat

If using a gas grill, leave half of the burners off and light the others over medium-low heat. If using a charcoal grill, fill the material and light it. When the charcoal is hot and lightly covered in ash, push it to one side of the grill.

Pushing charcoal into one half of the grill creates two fire zones, which allow you to control the temperature while grilling the cauliflower

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Step 2. Cut each cauliflower into two or three steaks

Wash two cauliflowers and place them on a cutting board. Take out all the outer leaves and use a chef's knife to cut the stem so you can lay the cauliflower on a flat base. Hold the cauliflower in place with one hand and carefully cut into four "steaks" about 4 cm thick. Then, put the steaks on a plate.

The foils will break when you cut the steaks; reserve them for use in other recipes

Step 3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of olive oil on both sides of the steaks

Put the oil in a small bowl and dip a grease brush into it. Then spread the oil well on the surface of each steak. Turn the steaks over and apply on the other side as well.

Olive oil adds flavor to steaks and prevents them from sticking to the grill

Step 4. Mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika and season the steaks

Put a teaspoon of sea salt in a small bowl and add 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Mix 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp smoked paprika. Sprinkle this seasoning mixture on each cauliflower steak.


If you don't have a lot of time, apply an olive oil-based salad dressing such as Italian vinegar or balsamic instead of adding the dry seasonings.

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Step 5. Place the steaks over a direct heat and grill them for 14 to 16 minutes

Put the steaks on the grill so that there is at least 2.5 cm between each one. Cover the grill and roast the steaks until they are browned on both sides. Use tongs to flip steaks in half the cooking time.

If using a charcoal grill, place the steaks on the side with the hot charcoal underneath

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Step 6. Move the steaks to indirect heat

Wear gloves to lift the grill lid, use the handle to move the steaks to the cold side of the grill, and replace the lid to trap the heat.

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Step 7. Grill the cauliflower for another 15 to 20 minutes

Cook the steaks until they are as tender as you want. Then transfer the cauliflowers to a serving plate and eat them with other grilled vegetables.

  • To test the tenderness of the steaks, stick a knife through the center of one of them. If you like them soft, the knife should come out easily.
  • To refrigerate leftovers, place them in a vacuum container and store them for up to five days.


  • To make something different, try cooking a purple or orange cauliflower!
  • Replace cooked rice with homemade cauliflower rice for a low-carb side dish.

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