How to Cook Cauliflower – Oma's Blumenkohl mit Butterbröseln

This way how to cook cauliflower, aka Blumenkohl, is one of the easiest ways to make one of the traditional German vegetables. Topped with buttered bread crumbs, it's a great addition to almost any meal.

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

12 minutes

Total Time

17 minutes


Makes 6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) salt
  • 2 pounds (908 grams) cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 4 tablespoons (60 grams) butter
  • ½ cup (60 grams) breadcrumbs


  1. Add about 2 inches of water and the salt to a large pot. Bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breadcrumbs and stir. Continue frying and stirring until the breadcrumbs are nicely browned. BE CAREFUL, the crumbs can quickly turn black.
  3. Remove them to a bowl immediately to stop the browning.
  4. Serve the cauliflower with the buttered breadcrumbs sprinkled on top.


  • This goes really well with almost any German meat recipe, but especially with rouladen or schnitzel.

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05.07.2023 revision update