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Roasted Spiced Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower has far more flavor than raw or steamed, so if you’re working to get picky eaters to eat their veggies, this is an easy recipe to add to your rotation!
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This is a variation of our oven roasted cauliflower base recipe. If you think you don’t like cauliflower, you have to try this roasted spiced cauliflower recipe. If you already like cauliflower, get ready to like it even more! We love roasting vegetables in general, but there is something almost magical about cauliflower when it is roasted. Try it out for yourself!

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Culinary Tips for the Best Seasoned Roasted Cauliflower

Whisking the oil and spices together first ensures even flavor distribution.

If using a whole head of cauliflower, be sure to cut it into uniform, bite-sized pieces. If using bagged florets, break large pieces into smaller pieces.

Should you steam cauliflower before roasting? Nope! The cauliflower will cook all the way through in the oven.

Be sure to not overcrowd the pan. Overcrowding causes steaming which will lead to mushy cauliflower – not what you want when trying to make crispy spiced cauliflower!

Due to the roasting caramelization process and the combination of seasonings, this is a sweet and spicy roasted cauliflower recipe.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Canola or Avocado Oil: substitute a lower quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • Cauliflower: use pre-chopped florets or a head of cauliflower. Some grocery stores carry colorful cauliflower – purple, yellow, and green. Try it out for a fun change in color!
  • Spices: substitute or add other spices such as turmeric, cumin, garlic powder, or onion powder. Turmeric roasted cauliflower is an eye-catching variation!

Recipe Variations

Want some extra heat? Make spicy roasted cauliflower by adding ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper.

If desired, sprinkle with fresh, chopped parsley or cilantro after cooking for herb roasted cauliflower.

No lemon? No problem! Roasted cauliflower without lemon still tastes great.

Want some roasted cauliflower recipe inspiration?

Use our oven roasted cauliflower base recipe for inspiration, then have fun exploring other flavors and ingredients to YOUR taste!

Equipment Recommendations

You just need a few simple equipment items for this recipe!

Health Benefits of Roasted Cauliflower with Spices

Roasted cauliflower has far more flavor than raw or steamed, so if you’re working to get picky eaters to eat their veggies, this is an easy recipe to add to your rotation! The featured ingredients in this recipe are cauliflower, healthy cooking oil, and spices.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that contains many vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that may decrease inflammation and prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Canola or Avocado Oil

Both canola and avocado oil contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. They also have high smoke points, making them ideal for high-heat cooking methods, such as roasting.

Spices

Spices add flavor and nutrition to this recipe. Using spices decreases the need for salt, which may help reduce hypertension risk and therefore promote heart health. Additionally, most spices contain powerful antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation in the body.

Learn more about the health benefits of spices in this article!

Serving Suggestions for Roasted Spiced Cauliflower

Serve this easy roasted cauliflower as a side to roasted fish, beef and bean burgers, or turkey meatballs to create a balanced plate. Or combine with whole grains, beans, and vinaigrette for a balanced grain bowl. Combine with cooked quinoa, roasted chickpeas, massaged kale, and this vegan tahini dressing to make a beautiful and filling salad!

Storage Tips

Allow cauliflower to cool, then store in an airtight container. Oven roasted cauliflower will last for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, although it will definitely lose some of its crispness as it sits! Reheat in a 350ºF oven for best texture.

Want more healthy vegetable recipes?

Check out these favorites, and as always, adjust to YOUR taste!

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Crispy Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Diced Sweet Potatoes

Kale Chips Base Recipe

how to roast vegetables

Roasted Spiced Cauliflower

This is a variation of our oven roasted cauliflower base recipe. We love roasting vegetables in general, but there is something almost magical about cauliflower when it is roasted!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Side
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ Tablespoons canola or avocado oil
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces cauliflower florets (~1 large head)
  • 1 small lemon, cut in half or quarters

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425° F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, chili powder, paprika, and salt.
  • Break larger cauliflower florets into smaller pieces and add to the bowl. Using a spatula, toss to evenly coat with oil mixture. 
  • Spread spiced cauliflower on a baking sheet in a single layer. Do not overcrowd the pan. Roast 16-18 minutes or until edges are brown and florets are easily pierced with a fork.
  • Remove from oven and squeeze lemon juice on top. Enjoy!

Notes

If using a whole head of cauliflower, be sure to cut it into uniform, bite-sized pieces. If using bagged florets, break large pieces into smaller pieces.
Keyword Easy Roasted Spiced Cauliflower

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