Crispy Roasted Cauliflower is a quick side dish that is versatile enough to stand alone or be used as a topping in pasta, salads or on pizzas.
Crispy Roasted Cauliflower is a quick side dish most people never think of making. More tender and milder than roasted broccoli, roasted cauliflower is amazing baked simply or with a few ingredients added in.
I first started experimenting with roasting cauliflower about five years ago for a client. They had very restricted diets and needed a constant stream of unique chicken breast dinners. I started with this recipe and it was such a hit that soon I was getting requests for more and more meals to have roasted cauliflower.
Baked Cauliflower Variations
- Sprinkle some grated Parmesan Cheese on top with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. You want to use the kind that comes in a shaker. Sprinkle a generous amount in, maybe a couple of tablespoons.
- Add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to the oil mixture.
- Roast the Crispy Roasted Cauliflower as written here but then drizzle over the finished pan with balsamic glaze.
- Add in some Tabasco sauce to taste and toss with some Blue Cheese Powder for quick and easy “Buffalo” style roasted cauliflower.
- Add some minced garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper for an Italian twist.
What Goes with Roasted Cauliflower? Everything!
I’d also make you guys a list of meals you can serve this with but the truth is this would work in almost any dish from a side dish to a pasta or salad mix-in — even a sandwich filling. Actually, on that note, if you were to slice the cauliflower into a steak instead of the florets and make it about an inch to an inch and a half thick and roast at the same time and temperature, you’d have an amazing veggie “patty” alternative. Just be sure to toss with some oil and flavor it well.
A quick last couple of Baked Cauliflower tips for you:
- Do NOT toss out the stalk. Slice it up and roast it along with the florets, it is just as tender and delicious. Seriously, don’t waste it.
- It may look like a lot of cauliflower before you roast it, but take it from someone who has made this dish over a hundred times in the last few years, you can start “tasting” it and before you know it half the tray is gone. Always make more than you think you’ll need, it will be a hit.
- 1 pound cauliflower (a normal head of cauliflower)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut the cauliflower into florets about the size of a ping pong ball.
- Put into a large bowl and toss with oil and salt and pepper (I used 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, but you can season to taste.
- Spread evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Recipe was a hit with my husband. Made it exactly as written. Planning to try some of the variations next time.
please tell me why my cauli didn’t come up crunchy when my oven was on 220 I’ve done it twice love the flavours but just not crunchy ,
Oh no! If it wasn’t crisping up, maybe the oven rack that you placed them on was too low and needed to be moved up higher. Also, make sure that the cauliflower is spread out on the pan so it cooks evenly. Hope this helps for next time! Glad you enjoyed the flavor though.
I have frozen cauliflower. Will this substitute for fresh?
I love cauliflower and this looks super delicious!
It’s my favorite way to prepare cauliflower!
I never eat roasted vegetables but this one looks really good!!!
I love cauliflower in pretty much any manner, but straight up roasted is so delicious!
I love to roast vegetables! They get so crispy and delicious!
I don’t think i’ve ever had cauliflower like this but it looks super yummy! I’ll have to give it a try.
Cauliflower is usually served boiled, but I actually prefer it this way!
This looks so yummy! I think I would put it on salad or as a topping on pizza!
I love the pizza idea! Come back and let me know if you try it!
I love that you tell us not to throw out the stalk and I love roasted cauliflower, so yum!
The stalk has great flavor too! It’s pointless to waste it!
I have been seeing many different recipes for cooked cauliflower recently. This one looks like the most delicious! I will have to bookmark this for dinner one night.
I’m glad you liked my recipe more than the rest! I hope you enjoy it!
This is a delicious recipe. I made it last week and my kids could not get enough.
Thanks! I’m glad they liked it!
This Crispy Roasted Cauliflower recipe looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to try it this weekend. My family will love it.
Thanks, Ann! I hope they like it!
Roasted cauliflower is the best!! Roasting turns an otherwise “meh” vegetable into something truly delicious!
I LOVE cauliflower roasted this way! It has so much flavor!
Thanks! People overlook cauliflower because they haven’t tried it cooked in different ways!
I realized recently that most vegetables I never developed a taste for we’re just cooked badly. I’m not a huge fan of cauliflower, but this might change my mind! Roasting Brussels sprouts made such a big difference for my tastebuds.
Garlic is delicious, this looks like a recipe worth trying for sure!
Thanks! I love adding garlic flavor to a lot of my vegetables!
roasting is my preferred veggie cooking method – cauliflower is always a good idea!
Oh my goodness, so simple, yet so delicious, I am sure. I love cauliflower, so I will totally be trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Shauna! I know you’ll love this recipe if you already love cauliflower!
I LOVE Roasted Cauliflower. We eat it as a snack. I will cut up a few heads of Cauliflower, roast them and serve them up with a movie. Delicious!
That’s a great idea! I need to try that with my kids!
Cauliflower remains one of the most versatile ingredients in any cook’s arsenal. This recipe proves it! Looks divine! Crispy roasted, gorgeous!
Simply roasted vegetables are by far my favorite. I especially enjoy the ideas of what else to make with roasted cauliflower other than eating it as is as a side dish.
Thank you! I agree that simply roasted vegetables can make a great side dish to pretty much anything!
This is totally my fiance and my favorite roasted veg!!! Add a little sage next time for a totally different KICK IN THE MOUTH!! 🙂