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Steamed Cauliflower with Bread Crumb Topping

A simple steamed cauliflower with a tasty bread crumb topping is the perfect side dish to most any meal. We’re also include our top tips for how to steam cauliflower perfectly every time.

Delicious steamed cauliflower with a bread crumb topping.

Delicious Steamed Cauliflower Side Dish

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Cauliflower is naturally high in fiber and water making it a good option for enhancing weight loss and digestion. Unlike other side dishes such as our non-creamy potato salad and cooked perogies which are higher in starch content (yet still very delicious!), cauliflower is a great non-starchy vegetable meal idea.

forkful of delicious steamed cauliflower

We prefer to use plain bread crumbs over Italian or other flavoured bread crumbs as they alter the taste of the cauliflower. Additionally, you can also use panko bread crumbs although you won’t get the lovely golden color we have showing on our steamed cauliflower. Did you know you can make your own bread crumbs at home?

How to Steam Cauliflower

Steaming cauliflower or other vegetables for that matter can be done a few different ways. You can use an electric vegetable steamer / rice cooker or a stainless steel double boiler (which we typically use for all our steaming needs). You can even use your Instant Pot for steaming vegetables although I have yet to try this myself.

Before placing the cauliflower in your steamer, be sure to rinse it thoroughly. Trim off any browing or black bits. Next, cut or break apart the cauliflower into evenly sized sections. We like to pull apart the florets and then cut any sections that are much bigger.

How Long to Steam Cauliflower

Follow the directions of your steamer, rice cooker or Instant Pot if that is what you’re using.

For the double bioler method, bring about 3 cups of water to a boil in the bottom pot. Place the cauliflower into the collander insert. Cauliflower tastes best when steamed just until they are tender but still has a crunch to them. Typically, that takes about 5-7 minutes cooked over a medium to high heat.

Easy Steamed Cauliflower with a Bread Crumb Topping

Jane and Sonja
Perfectly steamed cauliflower with a simple and buttery bread crumb topping.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 90 kcal


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut in to florets
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp butter (or vegetable oil)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


How to Steam Cauliflower

  • Cut the cauliflower into small to medium sized florets.
  • Fill the bottom of a medium sized cooking pot with 2 inches of water.
  • Place the cauliflower florets inside a collander insert for the double boiler and stack it on top of the cooking pot.
  • Cover with a lid and steam over medium-high heat.
  • Steam for about 5-7 minutes until the cauliflower is tender but still has a crunch.
  • Remove steamed cauliflower from the double boiler.

Adding the Bread Crumbs Topping

  • Once cauliflower is steamed fully, heat butter/oil to medium heat in a large frying pan.
  • Add steamed cauliflower to the frying pan.
  • Sprinkle with bread crumbs to coat. Fry for 1-2 minutes then flip to the other side. Sprinkle again and fry for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Add a dash of salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 176mgPotassium: 447mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 140IUVitamin C: 69mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg
Keyword garden vegetables, recipe, side dish
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Bernice Hill

Friday 22nd of January 2021

This is exactly how my mom made cauliflower and it's still the only way I really love to eat cauliflower.

Kristy Richardson

Friday 22nd of January 2021

Yum, my whole family loved this recipe as a side with chicken. Thanks for the great recipe!

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