File this away under Good To Know – a quick tutorial for how I cut cauliflower florets quickly and efficiently, with minimal tiny bits of florets flying everywhere!
This is how I prepare cauliflower for roasting, steaming or boiling to make puree. I seem to keep repeating myself in every cauliflower recipe so I thought it would just be handy to share a neat little tutorial post I can refer you to. 🙂
How to cut cauliflower florets
- Cut whole cauliflower in half;
- Then again to make 4 quarters;
- Cut the core out on the diagonal; then
- You can easily break the pieces apart into florets with your hands!
Cut larger cauliflower florets in half or even thirds so they are all (roughly) the same size. This will ensure they cook evenly.
And that’s it!
Now the fun part – all the tasty ways you can prepare cauliflower florets! Here are some of my top recipes:
And some quick tips for how to cook cauliflower florets:
- Roasted – 25 minutes at 220°C/425°F. Hot oven is best so you can get some nice colour on the surface while the inside is soft and cooked through but not mushy;
- Boiled – 4 to 5 minutes. Bring water to a boil first, add salt, then add cauliflower;
- Microwave steamed – 5 minutes on high, using a microwave steaming container with a rack. Put about 1 cup of water under the rack, place cauliflower on rack then steam; and
- Stove steamed – 5 to 7 minutes.
Hope you found this useful! – Nagi x
How to cut cauliflower florets – efficiently, with least mess!
- 1 cauliflower head – any size
- Cut whole cauliflower in half down the middle.
- Then again to make 4 quarters.
- Cut the core out on the diagonal.
- Use your hands to break into florets.
- If you end up with some large ones, use a knife to cut into half or even thirds so all the florets are roughly the same size – this will ensure they cook through evenly. Use as directed by recipe!