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Steamed Cauliflower

Steamed cauliflower is an easy way to get perfectly tender cauliflower florets in no time at all. A drizzle of olive oil and a little herbs and lemon zest take it to another level. Low calorie, low carb, and full of fiber and antioxidants.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Basics, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, gluten-free, low carb
Servings: 2
Calories: 198kcal


  • Saucepan
  • Steamer basket
  • Fork
  • Large bowl


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh herbs chopped, optional
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest optional


  • Chop cauliflower into florets.
    Chopped cauliflower florets on a cutting board
  • Add water to saucepan, then place steamer basket in saucepan and bring water to boil over high heat. Note: The surface of the water should be just under the bottom of your steamer basket.
    Water in saucepan
  • Once water starts boiling, add cauliflower to steamer basket. Reduce heat to medium.
    Cauliflower in steamer basket on top of saucepan
  • Steam 10 minutes or until tender and can be easily pierced with fork.
  • Remove cauliflower from steamer basket and transfer to large bowl. Drizzle olive oil onto cauliflower, then add salt, herbs, and lemon zest. Toss to coat, then serve.


  • We used fresh parsley for the herbs this time around, but you can use any herbs you like, or skip them altogether!
  • Cook times will vary slightly based on the size and thickness of your florets, and how fresh your cauliflower is. The fork method is the best test of tenderness.
Recipe yields approximately 2 servings. Nutritional values shown reflect information for one serving of chicken cordon bleu casserole. Macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands of ingredients used.
To determine the size of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed, then weigh the entire recipe when finished. Divide the total weight (not including the weight of the container the sauce is in) by 6. Result will be the weight of one serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 674mg | Potassium: 895mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 506IU | Vitamin C: 148mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 9g