Cauliflower is an underrated vegetable. Despite being healthy, most of us avoid cooking this wonderful vegetable because of its taste. Kids usually hate eating cauliflower because it doesn’t turn out to be as yummy as some other vegetables and food items. Here I have brought the recipe of instant pot cauliflower for you.
If you use this recipe then you will not only be able to make a tasty cauliflower but also a quick one.
This instant pot cauliflower recipe will save a lot of your time and I am certain that you will be thanking me for it.
Which one is better? Roasted or instant pot cauliflower?
I know I know that we all have been roasting the cauliflower since our childhood. But the thing is that steaming the cauliflower just like broccoli grants it so much better taste. Try steaming them in an instant pot and use the seasoning mentioned below in the recipe and you will be surprised yourself.
An instant pot is a perfect device to steam these cauliflowers for this recipe.
Last week I made it, and I immensely enjoyed it, in fact not only me but my husband also loved it. And that says a lot because he is a very picky eater.
Health Benefits of instant pot cauliflower:
It has very low carbohydrate content so that makes it perfect for people who are trying to lose their weight.
Steamed cauliflower is rich in dietary fibers which helps in clearing your digestive system.
It also has a perfect amount of vitamins and minerals, essential for our body to stay healthy.
So it will be like a surprise treat for all of you who are following a strict diet.
It has low sodium content, so people with blood pressure problems can eat it without any problem. This delicious dish also has low sugar and low caloric content.
It is also gluten free and dairy free, so literally anyone can enjoy them.
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How to make Instant Pot Cauliflower?
- 1 small head cauliflower (1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (zest from 1/2 lemon)
Choose a fresh piece of small cauliflower from the market and avoid frozen vegetables. I grew mine in our backyard and they turned out to be perfect.
Run them under cold water for two minutes for thorough cleaning.
Cut the cauliflower into small florets. They should be bite-sized so you can eat them easily.
One piece of cauliflower should be enough for 4 people. Take half cup water and put it in the instant pot to make instant pot cauliflower.
Add the florets into the pot as well, then set the heat and pressure settings of the pot to pressure cook and keep it there for 3 minutes.
Some people might prefer 1 to 2 minutes of cook time but in my experience, those florets with less cook time remain a little too much crisp. 3 minutes was my perfect timing. You can change as per your liking.
Now its time for our special trick. Instead of normally opening the pot, perform the quick release by opening the valve and letting the steam to quickly come out of the pan
Once all the steam is gone, open the lid and taste the cauliflower. It should be perfectly crispy not too hard nor too mushy.
Seasonings are the best part of any dish they either accentuate the flavor or totally ruin it. So carefully select your seasonings. In my opinion lemon zest, olive oil, salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning might be perfect for this dish.
After seasoning, carefully pan out your instant pot cauliflower and enjoy it with your family.