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Roasted Cauliflower Recipe: Insanely Easy & Delicious!

Most vegetables are exponentially more tasty when roasted, and cauliflower is no exception! Customize this simple oven-roasted cauliflower recipe with seasonings of your choice, with several options provided! It is so easy and delicious, it is actually insane.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower recipes, oven roasted cauliflower, Roasted cauliflower
Servings: 4 people


  • Oven
  • Baking pan
  • Mixing bowl


  • 1 head fresh cauliflower
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • garlic powder or fresh chopped garlic (to taste)
  • Optional seasonings: fresh herbs (thyme, oregano or sage), chili powder or red chili flakes, curry powder, lemon powder, taco seasoning, or cumin
  • Optional toppings: cheese (parmesan, pecorino, sharp cheddar), nuts or seeds (pumpkin seeds or shaved almonds) and/or lemon zest


  • Preheat oven to 450F.
  • Wash cauliflower, and shake/allow it to drain as much excess water as possible.
  • Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Try to keep them relatively consistent in size, as larger florets will take longer to roast than smaller ones. Or, you could cut it into 1-inch thick flat slices (cauliflower “steaks”).
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the cauliflower with extra virgin olive oil, and a sprinkle of sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and any other optional seasonings (to taste). Add fresh chopped herbs or garlic if desired. Toss well.*
  • Spread out the seasoned cauliflower florets evenly on a baking sheet, either bare or lined with foil/parchment paper if desired.
  • Roast the cauliflower on 450F for 20 to 25 minutes, until the florets begin to brown and the stems are fork-tender to your liking.
  • Optional: In the last 5 minutes of roasting, sprinkle grated cheese over the roasted cauliflower. Or, add pumpkin seeds or shaved almonds! Return to the oven until the cheese melts, or the nuts/seeds become toasted.
  • Serve and enjoy. For an acidic zing, finish with fresh lemon zest (or lemon juice, if serving immediately). Store leftovers in the fridge and use within one week.


*Tip: Ih the mixing bowl, I usually sprinkle a light portion of seasonings over the top of the cauliflower, toss well, then add a little more, and toss again. Because cauliflower has so many spice-holding crevices, it is easy for the top layer to get over-seasoned while the pieces hidden in the bottom of the bowl get neglected.