Can You Microwave Cauliflower?

You’re probably aware that cauliflower and other cruciferous veggies like broccoli can be cooked in a variety of ways, depending on how you want it to taste. With that in mind, can you microwave cauliflower?

Yes, you can microwave cauliflower to ensure it’s ready in no time at all. Rinse and dice your cauliflower florets before placing them in a microwave-safe bowl with a little bit of water. Once covered with cling film, your cauliflower will be ready in three minutes.

How to Microwave Cauliflower

Microwaving cauliflower – and other vegetables, for that matter – is a super simple way of preparing a side of vegetables if you can’t be bothered to steam or boil them.

And the good news is that the steps you need to follow are incredibly simple, as we explain below:

  1. Prepare Cauliflower
    Slice your cauliflower into suitably sized florets and place them in a deep microwave-safe bowl. Add around 50-100ml of water to the bowl and cover with cling film. 
  2. Nuke it
    Add the bowl of cauliflower to the microwave and nuke for three minutes on full power. 
  3. Check for Doneness
    Remove the cauliflower and unwrap the bowl after the three minutes are done. With a fork, check how firm the cauliflower is and whether or not it’s to your liking. You can always return the cauliflower to the microwave if it’s not quite soft enough.
  4. Drain
    Remove the cling film from the bowl (take care not to burn yourself on the steam) and drain the water from the bowl using a sieve.  
  5. Serve and Enjoy
    Your microwaved cauliflower is now ready to serve and enjoy!

3 Tips for Microwaving Cauliflower

If you want to avoid overcooking cauliflower in the microwave but also don’t fancy raw cauliflower then follow these 3 simple tips:

Dice Florets Small
The smaller you dice your florets before microwaving them, the more tender your cauliflower will be when it’s ready to serve. 

Although not an essential step, season your cauliflower with salt and pepper, and melt a knob of butter on top before serving. One complaint people often have about cauliflower is that it can be a little tasteless, so seasoning it before serving is a simple way of enhancing its taste.

Top with Grated Cheese
Another great way to enhance the taste of your cauliflower is to top it with grated cheese. While this won’t necessarily be as delicious as a side of creamy cauliflower cheese, it’s a great way to encourage your kids to eat these veggies!

Advantages of Microwaved Cauliflower

Using the microwave to prepare your veggies will save you lots of time in the kitchen and has the following advantages:

  1. It’s the Quickest Way to Prepare Cauliflower
    Cauliflower can take upwards of ten minutes to boil or steam on the stovetop, but it’s ready in a matter of minutes when you cook it in the microwave. 
  2. There’s Not a Great Difference in the Taste
    One of the reasons that people are often put off by using the microwave is that food often isn’t as tasty when prepared in this way. But you don’t need to worry about the taste of your microwaved cauliflower, as it doesn’t taste much different to steamed or boiled cauliflower. 

Disadvantages of Microwaved Cauliflower

While microwaving cauliflower is a decent way to save yourself some time in the kitchen, it has the following drawbacks:

  1. Not the Most Delicious Way to Prepare Cauliflower
    Oven-baked or air-fried cauliflower definitely tastes better than microwaved or boiled cauli. 
  2. Doesn’t Taste Great Without Seasoning
    If you prepare cauliflower in any way without seasoning it, it’s not the nicest tasting veggie, and the microwave is no different! Be sure to season it with some salt, pepper, and butter to enhance its taste before serving it.

How to Reheat Cauliflower in the Microwave

Reheating cauliflower in the microwave is really straightforward and very similar to the steps introduced above. The main difference is that you don’t need to add any water, and you only need to reheat it for around sixty seconds.

Just be careful not to overdo it when you reheat cauliflower in the microwave, as it can go rubbery if you heat it for too long a second time around.

How to Defrost Cauliflower in the Microwave

If you’ve preserved cauliflower in the freezer to extend its life, then you don’t actually need to thaw it before cooking it, as you can reheat it directly from frozen. You can follow the steps introduced above, but you will need to extend the cooking time slightly – perhaps to five minutes or so.

If you don’t want to cook your frozen cauliflower in the microwave, set your microwave to defrost and thaw it for around 2-3 minutes.

Final Summary

Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that can be cooked in lots of different ways. And providing you follow the steps introduced above, you shouldn’t encounter any issues when it comes to microwaving cauliflower.