Cooking cauliflower on the stove is a simple and versatile method that allows you to enjoy the natural flavors and textures of this nutritious vegetable. Whether you want to steam, sauté, or boil cauliflower, the stove is an excellent option

1. How To Cook Cauliflower on Stove

1.1. How To Boil Cauliflower


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Water to cover cauliflower
  • Salt (optional)


First, clean and cut cauliflower into florets

Next, fill a pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat

Once water is boiling rapidly, add cauliflower florets. Allow cauliflower to boil uncovered for 5-7 minutes until fork tender

Drain cauliflower well and season with salt to taste if desired

1.2. How To Steam Cauliflower


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 cups water
  • Lemon wedges, olive oil, salt and pepper for serving (optional)


Cut cauliflower florets, remove stem and core

Next, add 2 cups water to a steamer pot or basket in a saucepan. Then bring water to a boil over high heat

Place steamer basket in pan, add cauliflower florets. Cover and steam for 5-7 minutes until tender

Carefully remove steamer basket and transfer steamed cauliflower to a serving bowl

Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and lemon if desired

1.3. How To Sautee Cauliflower


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • Salt, pepper, and any other seasonings of choice


Rinse and pat dry cauliflower florets, cut if very large

Next, heat olive oil/butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute

Add cauliflower florets and broth to skillet. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fork-tender

Uncover skillet, increase heat to high. Sauté cauliflower for 2-3 minutes until browned and caramelized

Season with salt, pepper and any other seasonings

Serve immediately

Boiling, roasting, steaming, and sautéing are all great methods for cooking cauliflower, and each one brings out a unique flavor and texture. With these guides in this article, I hope that you’ll be able to cook perfect cauliflower on stove at home. So, why not give it a try and incorporate cauliflower into your next meal?

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