Steamed Cauliflower

Steaming is a super easy way to cook veggies. Roy and I find ourselves steaming some kind of vegetable almost every day. They can be seasoned with all sorts of deliciousness- salt, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, agave nectar, or a sauce. After photographing this I ate the entire thing within five minutes. If an emoticon for a pig existed (does one?) I would put it here right now. =)

Steamed Cauliflower Food Photography


  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic, one small clove, finely diced
  • Parsley


  1. Cut the core out of the cauliflower, separate the head into floretes, and cut the large florets into 2 pieces to make them the same size as the smaller ones.
  2. Wash the cauliflower in cold water.
  3. Steam the cauliflower until the stalks are tender to the touch with a fork (6-8 minutes once the water is boiling). You can use many different kinds of steaming contraptions- a basket, a rice cooker/steamer combo, or a bamboo steamer.
  4. Remove the cauliflower from the steamer.
  5. Sprinkle the cauliflower with salt, pepper, vinegar, and oil to taste. Stir in the parsley and garlic.
  6. Serve warm or cold.

Steamed Cauliflower Food Photography

vkrees - Thanks Liz! =]

Liz - That first photo is gorgeous! The levels of depth make it look like a still life in oil.

crummblle - I love your pictures!!! Regards from Poland / France :)

Cassie - :@) <– Pig :)
It's okay to pig out on delicious veggies, though!

lk - Hello there. I’ve just stumbled here and think I’ve fallen a little bit in love with your photographs. They really are wonderful :)

vkrees - You and me both, Jeni! =)

Jeni Treehugger - I am in love with Marshall.

vkrees - Nathalie, what a lovely comment. Thank you. =) I completely agree. You’ve made my day.

Nathalie - Thanks for taking the time to make such gorgeous images– and for sharing them! Seeing food can be just as satisfying as eating it.

Jes - My mom would make steamed cauliflower every year (from a head of cauliflower, not the frozen bags) and I never liked it. BUT along with everything else I didn’t like as a kid (i.e. most veggies & salad), I’d probably love some spruced up steamed cauli. Inspiration!

Cara - I want to be cuddling right next to that kitty! (After eating a big ol’ bowl of cauliflower, of course) :)

Rachel - One of my favs! I love veggies prepared simply. Nom, nom!

Fanny - I really really like steamed veggies as well, although I always roast my cauliflower.

Roy Rogers - WOW. That is one handsome, sleepy kitty! SO CUTE!!!

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