Photo of chopped cauliflower ready to be steamed in the microwave.

How to Steam Cauliflower in the Microwave

How to Steam Cauliflower in the Microwave for a quick and simple side or to use in recipes that call for cooked cauliflower.  

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Resting Time 1 minute
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 37 kcal
Author Tracy



  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water

Optional Toppings


  1. Wash your head of cauliflower well, and use a sharp knife to cut it into bite-sized florets.
  2. Place pieces in a microwave-safe bowl and add just enough water to cover the bottom of the bowl, 2 to 3 tablespoons.

  3. Place a plate over the bowl and microwave for 3 to 4 minutes, depending on how much bite you like in your cauliflower and how powerful your microwave is.
  4. Let the cauliflower sit in the microwave for 1 minute before removing from the microwave. Be careful, the steam trapped under the plate will be hot.
  5. Toss with butter and salt and pepper or serve alongside ranch or cheese sauce as a simple side and enjoy!