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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Sharing my Roasted Cauliflower recipe with you today! It is simple to prepare and makes the perfect side dish to any meal.
Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

This recipe is about to change the way you feel about cauliflower!

If you are not a cauliflower fan I am about to turn you into one. There’s something magical that happens when this beautiful white vegetable gets roasted. The golden brown color brings a flavor like no other.

There’s the most charming little vegetarian restaurant down the street from my house called Zinc Cafe. They serve a roasted cauliflower my mom and I go nuts for. Perfectly roasted and full of flavor. I finally decided I am going to make it at home so I could enjoy it anytime.  Wait until you try it, you won’t be able to stop munching….and it’s a cruciferous vegetable so the more the merrier:)

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How To Make Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

You start with a nice large head of cauliflower. Cut the florets off of the head like so.

Roasted Cauliflower

Drizzle lightly with olive oil.

Roasted Cauliflower

Careful not to over-do-it with the olive oil. Just a light drizzle does the trick.

Roasted Cauliflower

Season with kosher salt.

Roasted Cauliflower

A touch of garlic salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Roast in the oven….

Roasted Cauliflower

….until you get a little something fabulous like this. Can’t.Stop.Eating.

Roasted Cauliflower



Try sprinkling fresh grated Parmesan Cheese on your roasted cauliflower either during baking or right out of the oven.  So good to make a Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower too!  This roasted vegetable goes great with your favorite proteins.  Grilled chicken, steak, crock pot meals.  You name it, it’s really the perfect side dish.  You can even just enjoy it by itself.  It really is that good.  Hope you enjoy!

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower, how to roast cauliflower, parmesan roasted cauliflower, roasted cauliflower, roasted cauliflower recipe, roasted garlic cauliflower, side dish, vegetable
Servings: 8
Calories: 65 kcal
Author: Jenny
  • 1 head cauliflower about 2 1/2 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut florets off of cauliflower head. Slice each head in half lengthwise. Place onto prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic salt. With large spoon, toss to coat.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and with spoon, stir and flip florets.  Change oven's heat to broil and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan Cheese if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 385mg17%
Potassium 215mg6%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 34.7mg42%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 1

    Wonderful side dish, Jenny!

  2. 2
    leslie says:

    Oh my. I do love cauliflower…but I bet I would love it even more roasted!

  3. 3

    Looks delicious. I have yet to find a veggie that I didn’t like roasted. I never liked brussel sprouts until my Mom introduced them to me roasted. BAM! I love em now.

  4. 4
    Tieghan says:

    These look awesome! Perfect easy snack or side dish!

  5. 5

    I adore roasted cauliflower! Such a simple and yummy side dish or snack!

  6. 6

    I love cauliflower – one of my favorite veggies! And this looks totally amazing – I’m sure I’ll love it even more now! 😉

  7. 7
    Maria says:

    One of my favorite sides!

  8. 8
    Amanda says:

    I went to the grocery store to get cauliflower because the recipe was calling me name… and they were OUT!! WTHeck??? So now I cant get your recipe out of my head. Its look delish!

  9. 9

    -I’ve never thought of doing this.

    Fabulous! Creative! & Healthy!

  10. 10
    josie says:

    so delish, try the last few minutes of cooking to add some freshly grated parmesean takes it to a whole new level!

  11. 11

    I agree with you! Something magical happens inside the oven when veggies are roasted 🙂 i love this!

  12. 12
    Jenna says:

    Pinning! Making soon!

  13. 13

    looks great Jenny! I love this!

  14. 14
    Liz says:

    Nice recipe for serving cauliflower. Thank you.

  15. 15

    So freaking perfect. I can’t wait for you to ship me some.

  16. 16

    Roasted cauliflower is the best! I eat it like popcorn! 🙂

  17. 17
    Shannon says:

    You have no idea how happy I was to see this post this morning. I received a head of cauliflower in my CSA box and had no idea what to do with it that didn’t involved coating it with something. This looks super simple and quick!

  18. 18
    DeLalloFoods says:

    Simple & delicious–perfect combination! Can’t wait to use this recipe!

  19. 19

    This has GOT to be the most gorgeous cauliflower I have ever seen!!

  20. 20
    nina says:

    I love roasted cauliflower! My kids love it too (including a very picky eater). Try drizzling with lemon juice or your fave vinegar when it comes out of the oven – it’s really good! I first got onto roasted cauliflower when I tried deep-fried cauliflower at a Lebanese restaurant (f you ever have a chance, try it – it’s absolutely amazing). I decided to try roasting it to try to reproduce the taste and found that we all loved this version!

  21. 21

    I make roasted cauliflower at least once a week! I toss it with a little whole grain mustard…delish! Now, I need to try it with garlic!

  22. 22

    Oh, I LOVE roasted veggies! I do this same thing with broccoli and brussels sprouts, too.

  23. 23

    Cauliflower is like the hidden gem of summer vegetables. We love it roasted, too!

  24. 24
    Madison says:

    Amazing and healthy side dish. Count me in!

  25. 25
    Chels R. says:

    I love cauliflower, but I’ve never roasted it. Looks like I need to get on it!

  26. 26
    Julie says:

    You are so right! I never liked cauliflower in the least until a friend roasted it and I gave it another try. Now, I am not only a fan, but an addict! The same treatment converted me to Brussels sprouts too! It’s so nice to add new veggies to my rotation.

  27. 27
    Sues says:

    What a great way to enjoy cauliflower!!

  28. 28
    Angie says:

    If you turn the oven a little hotter, you won’t need to broil. I think I do 400, maybe 425.

  29. 29

    I have never roasted cauliflower and it looks just fabulous!

  30. 30
    marla says:

    This really brings out the flavors in cauliflower!

  31. 31

    This looks wonderful! I cannot resist roasted cauliflower. It totally transforms itself and becomes so much more delicious and tasty. Totally irresistible.

  32. 32
    Gaby says:

    I’m obsessed with cauliflower – and this is totally perfect

  33. 33
    Jeanette says:

    Roasted cauliflower is addictive isn’t it! It’s one of my kids’ favorites and I’m so glad since it’s so good for you. Looks fantastic!

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    Yvette says:

    This easy recipe was fabulous! I added capers and dusted the top with a little parmesan
    cheese. Thanks!

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    Lindy says:

    Just made it this evening. It was delicious!! We devoured it all! Much better than just cooking the cauliflower imho 🙂 Thank you for the recipe!

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  40. 40
    Isabellesmom says:

    First off, I’d like to say I don’t normally leave comments, however this is the best thing ever! I was skeptical at first BC I have never really like cauliflower raw or cooked, but I am hooked. I’ve made it three times now putting a new little spin on it each time and it just gets better and better. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • 40.1
      Jenny says:

      Isabellesmom, thank you for commenting. I love hearing about the successes. We love these at our house also and are a couple weeks overdue from making them again. 🙂

  41. 41
    Chris montalvo says:

    Just made this tonight. WOW. Delicious!

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  44. 44
    Vanessa says:

    It’s it good cold?

  45. 45
    Jessica says:

    I made this last night as a side for steaks, and my family loved it (even my picky 7 year old)! We’re new at low-carbing, and using this recipe, we didn’t miss potatoes at all 🙂 This is so quick and easy, and has loads more flavor and character than the raw or steamed cauliflower I’m used to. Great recipe!

  46. 46
    Julienne says:

    Oops, scratch that. Just realized I didn’t have any kosher salt so used table salt and forgot to cut it in half. Sorry, my bad! 🙂

  47. 47
    Robin says:

    Great recipe! My daughter is a “new” vegetarian so I am trying lots of new recipes. I saw this today and didn’t have time to go to the store so I made it with a bag of frozen. It turned out great! I know it will be even more amazing next time with fresh 🙂

  48. 48
    Patty says:

    love your recipe! I used lemon infused olive oil, kosher salt, may I suggest a little sprinkle of sugar, because it helps the browning process (caramelization). I used Ancho chile pepper instead of basic black pepper and lemon juice as you suggested. Topped with a little Parmesan before putting under the broiler.

  49. 49
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  50. 50
    Antonio says:

    I’m going to give this a shot!

    Thank you

  51. 51
    Lorraine says:

    This was super easy and delicious. My kid loves it. It’s a fun new way to eat cauliflower !!!

  52. 52
    Lorraine says:

    I love this recipie. It was super easy and delicious . My kid loved it. A fun new way to eat cauliflower !

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