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Steamed Cauliflower Stems

Easy way to use the stems of cauliflower
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword cauliflower
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • stems of cauliflower
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • water


  • Remove all the stem you can from a head of cauliflower
  • Remove the leaves portion of the stems. Save them for adding to soup or adding them to the stems at the end.
  • Cut the stems into small, bite sized pieces.
  • Place the stems in a saute or fry pan with just enough water to come about half way up the stems.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Cover with a lid and reduce to a simmer.
  • Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the stems are tender
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste


If you want to use the leaves in this dish, chop them up and add them in the last minute of cooking. 
Use a smoked or other seasoned salt if you like to add more flavor.