How to Cook Cauliflowers

Cauliflowers can be a little intimidating to prepare especially if you have never tried cooking it.  What’s the first thing you should do to prepare them for cooking?  How do you slice it?  How long should you cook it in order not to make it too hard to chew or too soft you don’t have to chew them at all?

After having carefully chosen your cauliflower, it’s now time to prep them up.  If you are not partial to worms, break the florets and wash the cauliflower thoroughly.  Also remember to rub the florets with lemon juice if you want to retain their light yellow color.

They can be eaten raw in salads and crudités, dipped in peanut sauce or ranch dressing.  The green leaves are edible, too.  They can add flavor to stocks and soups.

You can also cook cauliflowers.  They can be boiled, fried, baked, or steamed.  You can even use the microwave oven to cook them.  But whatever cooking method you choose, make sure not to overcook — boil them for more than eight minutes or steam for more than 20 minutes.

Like cabbage, the sulfur compounds of cauliflowers will make your dish stink.  Aside from that, you would also lose precious nutrients, vitamins and minerals if you overcook them.

Test if the cauliflower is done with a fork.  When the fork goes in with little resistance, your cauliflower is good and ready.