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Steamed cauliflower

Lemon Herb Steamed Cauliflower

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Here’s the easiest way to cook cauliflower! This lemon herb steamed cauliflower cooks in minutes and is so tasty, it’s life changing.


  • 1 small head cauliflower (1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (zest from 1/2 lemon)


  1. Chop the cauliflower into florets.
  2. Place 1 1/2 cups water into a saucepan or pot. If using a steamer basket without a handle, add it to the pot now: the water surface should be right under the basket. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, add the cauliflower (in the steamer basket, if it has a handle). Steam with the lid on 10 to 12 minutes until just tender, testing with a fork to assess whether it’s done.
  4. Carefully remove the cauliflower to a bowl, draining any excess liquid. Toss with the remaining ingredients and serve. (Store leftovers refrigerated.)
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Steamed
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Steamed Cauliflower