Steamed Romanesco

My love for greens is not new and I do not forgo any opportunity I get to buy and cook greens. Recently on a trip to the grocery store I found a head of romanesco and immediately bought it. There are many ways you can cook this green beauty, but I decided to steam and kick it up a notch with chili powder. I also added parmesan cheese which I must say took the dish to another level.

Romanesco is a hybrid between broccoli and cauliflower which is chartreuse green in color. It is loaded with Vitamins A, C and K and low in carbohydrate making it ideal as a salad or a side to any main dish.


2-3 servings

Prep Time

2-3 minutes

Cook Time

12-14 minutes

Total Time

15 minutes


  • 1 whole head of romanesco, cut into quarters
  • 1-2 tsp crushed red chili
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 4-6 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Bamboo steamer or any kind of steamer

Step 1
Wash the romanesco well and dry completely.

Step 2
Cut into 4 or quarters and season with salt. Place in the steamer and steam for 12-14 minutes.

Step 3
Top with crushed chili, chili powder, parmesan, lemon juice and olive oil. Serve immediately. This can be eaten as a salad or an accompaniment to any main dish.

The chili powder and crushed red chili can be reduced as per personal preference.


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The famous proverb "you are what you eat” as quoted by the French author Anthelme Brillat-Savarin is very true. Food nourishes you from the inside out. Good health is of utmost importance to me. Vegetarianism and Veganism are gaining immense popularity these days. Natural, organic, healthy and homemade is my mantra.

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