Cooks.com and Food.com are websites that offer microwave or traditional recipes for cooking cauliflower. Other more specialized sites, such as VegRecipesofIndia, offer traditional ethnic recipes updated for microwave cooking. In addition, sites like PopSugar offer recipes for low-carb pizza crust using cauliflower.
Many of the recipes for cooking cauliflower for the microwave are simple, giving cooks instructions for making fresh cauliflower that’s gently steamed and tender. For instance, steaming a whole head of fresh cauliflower takes 5 to 8 minutes, depending on the microwave. More complex recipes, such as “Cheesy Broccoli & Cauliflower (Microwave)” from Cooks.com, involve microwave preparation of frozen ingredients as well as making a cheese sauce in the microwave. Other recipes combine cauliflower with mustard, horseradish and Indian spices (used to make gobi). Many recipe sites also offer gluten-free recipes using microwaved cauliflower in place of wheat flour. For example, “Cauliflower Crust Pizza” uses grated cauliflower, egg, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to make a crispy microwave pizza crust.
Choose fresh cauliflower carefully for microwave recipes. According to Ocean Mist Farms, a good head of fresh cauliflower is white to creamy white in color with tightly packed florets. It should be firm on the bottom, and the cauliflower’s jacket leaves should be fresh and green.