How to Roast Cauliflower in the Oven {recipe}

Roasted Cauliflower Florets
The problem with buying cauliflower is that unless you are cooking for a family of 10 who can finish a head of cauliflower in one meal, you (by yourself, or even with another person) will be eating cauliflower for days

Wait. This is a problem?

Of course not. But posting about cauliflower three times in a row probably is, so I apologize. I can’t help it. We’ve been eating cauliflower for, well, days.

Though cauliflower does well in casseroles and gratins with lots of butter and cheese, we almost never go that far. About as much as we’ve “done” to cauliflower is pulsing florets in a food processor and wrapping up with ricotta cheese into egg yolk ravioli. We usually like to roast the florets and toss them with whatever happens to be around the kitchen, in the pantry, or on our minds — a bit of tomato sauce, pesto, green goddess dressing, and oftentimes as simple as olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Roast Cauliflower

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

makes about 2 cups roasted florets


1 head of cauliflower, cut into 1″ florets or smaller and washed
2-4 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 375°.

In a large bowl toss cauliflower florets with 2-4 tablespoons olive oil (enough to coat each floret). Put cauliflower on a baking sheet lined with parchment (I do this just to make it easier to clean later) and spread out evenly.

Roast in 375° oven until florets are tender and just starting to brown at the edges, about 20 minutes.

Serve as is, or toss with 2-4 tablespoons of vinaigrette, dressing, pesto, or other sauce.

by Sarah J. Gim on November 29, 2011 · 3 comments

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MyFudo December 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Oven roasting veggies gives out the best in them, almost always! I admit, there are times when you are a little lazy to whip up a complex dish but of course, the family is still entitled to a delicious, fresh and amazing veggie-dish. This might be the best way to do just that! Page bookmarked! Thanks for the post!


Emma December 2, 2011 at 4:52 am

Blimey, how big are the heads of cauliflower you buy that enable you to feed 10 people or two people for 3 days?! One head of cauliflower = 2 generous portions of cauliflower cheese in my house! ;) Roasting cauliflower seems to be quite the fashion at the mo – I’ve seen loads of references to it on blogs and twitter recently, and have to agree that its delish! :)


nithya at hungrydesi December 11, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I like to toss oven roasted cauliflower with paprika, kosher salt, a little cayenne and lemon juice. Delicious and simple!


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