How to cook cauliflower?
How to cook cauliflower? There are several ways to cook cauliflower. The traditional method of cooking is in a regular saucepan. After boiling, the inflorescences are often used as additional ingredients for second courses, therefore, after being placed in boiling water, they are re-cooked in the form of frying.
Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can be prepared in many ways. In addition to cooking, stir-frying or grilling cauliflower is also easy to do and it gives cauliflower a completely different taste. In this blog, we discuss ‘how to cook cauliflower?’.
Cauliflower florets and a whole cauliflower need only a small amount of water to cook. Add salt to the water and cook the floret al dente in 5-8 minutes and the whole cauliflower in 8-10 minutes. Season with, for example, curry or nutmeg.
How to cook cauliflower?
How Long To Cook Cauliflower?
Cauliflower can be cooked in several ways and they all have a different cooking time. It is not unambiguous to indicate how long cauliflower should cook. The use and possibly further processing of cauliflower determine the cooking time. The size of the cauliflower also influences the cooking time. To help you on your way, view the table below.
Cauliflower Cooking Time
The cooking times for cauliflower are:
|1||Cooking florets al dente||5-8 minutes|
|2||Boiled florets||8-10 minutes|
|3||Whole cauliflower al dente||10-12 minutes|
|4||Cooking in the microwave||4-6 minutes|
|6||For woks and stir-frying||2-3 minutes|
|7||In milk or broth||5-8 minutes|
You now have an idea of how long cauliflower should be cooked, but you don’t know how to cook it yet. That’s what we’re going to talk about now.
Before cooking, the cauliflower must first be cleaned. Cut off the large leaves of the cauliflower and cut the florets off the stem with a sharp knife. You do this by turning the cauliflower over, the stem is on top. Now you can cut the florets off.
Cauliflower Boil How Much Water
Cauliflower does not need to be submerged when cooked. The cauliflower should be less than half way in the water. During cooking, we put the lid on the pan and the steam/hot air also ensures that the cauliflower is cooked. In this way, taste and color are preserved.
Cooking cauliflower florets
How to cook cauliflower florets:
- Place a pan with a layer of water and a little salt on the heat source and bring the water to a boil.
- When the water boils, the cauliflower florets go into the pan and put the lid on.
- Now cook the rose al dente in 5-8 minutes and cooked through in 8-10 minutes.
- Pierce a rose with a fork and you will feel whether the cauliflower is cooked.
- Drain the cauliflower in the colander and you can serve it.
Serve with a knob of butter and a little nutmeg.
Whole Cauliflower Cooking
How to cook a whole cauliflower:
- Fill the pan with a layer of water and bring the water to a boil.
- When the water is boiling, the whole cauliflower can be placed in the pan with the stem on the bottom. Add a little salt to the pan if needed.
- Boil the cauliflower until al dente in 8-10 minutes.
- Pierce the cauliflower with a fork to feel if it is cooked, this is really by feel. There should be a little resistance but not too much.
Serve your cauliflower on a plate and for decoration you can sprinkle it with chopped parsley and a pinch of nutmeg.
Cooking Cauliflower In Broth
Cauliflower can already be flavored with herbs during cooking. You can do this by adding a garden herb stock cube to the water. This already gives your cauliflower a spicy taste, so you don’t have to season it after cooking. You have to stir the cauliflower a few times, so that all the florets come into contact with the stock. Adding stock does not affect the cooking time.
Taste the cauliflower yourself before serving. You have to know if it’s good. Maybe it still needs a pinch of salt or a little pepper. Now is the time to add that.
For a whole cauliflower, it is not smart to put a stock cube in the water. A large part of the cauliflower is not underwater and then the spice block is of no use.
Cooking Cauliflower In Milk
Milk can also be added to the cooking water. This is only done for one reason, which is to preserve the color of the cauliflower. By adding (soy) milk, the cauliflower retains its beautiful white color. The milk has no effect.
If you cook the cauliflower in a little water until al dente, the cooking time is fairly short and the cauliflower retains its beautiful color. It is then not necessary to add milk.
Cooking Cauliflower With Herbs
The title of this chapter seems to indicate that we will season the cauliflower and then cook. However, this is not correct, because during cooking the spices lose a lot of flavor.
Below is a way to flavor your cooked cauliflower. For 4 people you need the following quantities:
- Couple turning the pepper mill
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 to 2 tsp curry powder or nutmeg
Mix the herbs, salt and pepper together and then sprinkle over the cauliflower. Mix it through the florets or sprinkle your whole cauliflower with the spice mixture.
Cauliflower And Broccoli Cooking
Broccoli and cauliflower are two vegetables that are often served together. The good thing is that they can also be put together. They can be cooked al dente together or boiled briefly and then stir-fried.
What are you going to do?
- First cut the broccoli and the cauliflower is the same size florets.
- Then put a layer of water and a pinch of salt in the pan and bring the water to a boil.
- Then the cauliflower and broccoli go into the pan and put the lid on.
- Cook the vegetables for 3 minutes if you are still going to stir-fry it.
- Boil the vegetables for 5-8 minutes.
- Drain the vegetables in a colander and serve.
If you continue to stir-fry the broccoli and cauliflower, you can do this with almond shavings, for example.
- Place a wok with oil on the heat source and roast the almonds until well browned. You do this without oil.
- Remove the shavings from the pan and add oil to the pan.
- Press 2 cloves of garlic into the pan and fry for 1 minute.
- Add the broccoli and cauliflower and mix everything together well.
- Stir-fry the whole thing for about 7 minutes.
- Pierce the cauliflower with a fork to check for doneness.
Serve the cauliflower and broccoli on a platter and sprinkle with the almonds and chopped parsley, if desired.
The Principles of cooking cauliflower :
- if you plan to cook cauliflower as a preparatory stage for its preparation, then it is not recommended to cook the ingredient (if you cook the inflorescences completely and then fry them, then they can lose their shape and acquire the consistency of porridge);
- It is better to check the readiness of the inflorescences before the expiration of the recommended cooking time (sometimes cauliflower cooks faster or, conversely, longer);
- you can cook cauliflower in a regular saucepan, pressure cooker, multicooker or double boiler (it is better not to use a microwave, but in extreme cases, you can cook cabbage in it too);
- before cooking, the cauliflower must be divided into inflorescences, rinsed and soaked for a while in slightly salted water (the debris will quickly float to the surface of the liquid and the inflorescences will become absolutely clean);
- it is not worth cooking and eating cauliflower with signs of rotting (the taste of the dish will be spoiled, the inflorescences will have a too loose consistency, and eating them can be harmful to health);
- during cooking, cauliflower may darken, so that this does not happen, it is recommended to add a small amount of vinegar during the boiling process of the inflorescences (one tablespoon will be enough in a small saucepan);
- it is necessary to lay the cauliflower in boiling and slightly salted water (if you put the inflorescences in cold water, then during cooking they may lose their shape and boil);
- it is necessary to cook cabbage over medium heat (the inflorescences will boil over a minimum heat, and a strong fire will only accelerate the boiling off of the liquid);
- when cooking cauliflower, it is necessary to take such an amount of water that when the inflorescences are placed in it, they are almost completely immersed in it (when cooking in a multicooker or microwave, the liquid should cover only half of the available inflorescences);
- after cooking, the inflorescences are laid out in a colander so that all excess liquid flows out of them, after which the cauliflower can be eaten or used for preparing second courses.
When cooking in the microwave, cauliflower is not salted in the first stage of cooking. First, the inflorescences are washed, filled with water and placed in a special container for a microwave oven. The microwave timer is set for 5 minutes. After this time, the workpiece must be salted and boiled again, but with a timer of 4 minutes. The readiness of the cabbage is checked by evaluating its softness.
When cooking cauliflower in a multicooker, the inflorescences are half filled with water and salted immediately. They are cooked in the “Steamer” or “Cooking” mode for 30 minutes. To steam cauliflower, you can use a double boiler or a homemade metal colander and saucepan construction. In the first case, the inflorescences are laid in a special compartment, the liquid is poured into a special container and the usual cooking process is carried out. In the second version, the cauliflower is placed in a colander and placed in a pot of water so that the liquid does not touch the inflorescences. The duration of this process can be different. The readiness of the inflorescences is checked for softness with a knife or fork.
How much to cook cauliflower
On average, the process of boiling cauliflower in a regular saucepan does not exceed 15 minutes. If the inflorescences are boiled for subsequent stewing or frying, then this time should be reduced to 7 minutes. If you use not a saucepan, but kitchen appliances, the process of cooking cauliflower will be different.
Cooking time for cauliflower in kitchen appliances :
- inflorescences must be cooked in a double boiler for 30 minutes;
- in a slow cooker, cauliflower is cooked in 15 minutes;
- in the microwave, cauliflower is cooked in two stages, the total cooking time is 9 minutes;
- in a pressure cooker, cabbage reaches readiness in an average of 15-20 minutes.
The cooking times for fresh and frozen cauliflower are not too different. The difference will be approximately 2 minutes, and it is not necessary to defrost the inflorescences. They can be placed in water in any condition. If there is too much ice on them, then you need to wait until the cabbage thaws a little.