Quick to make and throw in the oven, this oven roasted cauliflower is addicting and delicious! Roasting turns vegetables sweet and magical!
I just about died and went to heaven. For a vegetable. Me?!
This was a spontaneous throw together last minute side dish. I had two heads of cauliflower to use, so it was a logical choice.
Problem was, cauliflower preparations I have enjoyed took a bit longer to prepare and bake, and I needed something in the next 15 minutes.
Toss a vegetable with a few basic ingredients, roast it to bring out that luscious sweetness, and voila…a mouthwatering, easy side dish (similar to my roasted butternut squash!)
Roasted cauliflower success tips:
- Whenever you roast vegetables, it is super important that the vegetables are in a single layer without crowding each other on the pan! To achieve crispy textures, they need room so they do not STEAM instead!
- The florets need to be uniformly sized. Smaller florets = quicker cook times!
- Give the pan a shake half way through and rotate the pan 180 degrees!
- Definitely wait for the florets to have some golden brown and crispy edges…don’t remove from the oven too soon!
Roasted cauliflower recipe variations:
There is always fun ways to play with basic recipes like this. Here are few options you can play with!
- Mexican: Toss with your favorite taco seasoning, then at the very end, toss with lime juice and some cotija crumbles.
- Italian: toss with your favorite Italian seasonings, parmesan, and red chili flakes.
- Cajun: Using either your favorite Cajun seasoning, or a mix of smoked paprika, garlic powder, and sea salt.
- Indian: I love to use garlic, turmeric, sea salt, and fresh ginger. Sliced chilies also good, and fresh curry leaves too. Could also use a favorite curry seasoning instead.
Additional healthy sides:
- My sautéed broccoli is ready in 5!
- Roasted squash slices are a fall treat!
- With some effort, you can create an out of this world gluten free green bean casserole!
- Ghee roasted brussel spouts: because roasting makes everything magical!
- Loaded cauliflower mash is right up my alley!
Roasted Cauliflower Recipe:
If you try this easy keto side dish, be sure to leave a comment below!
Quick Oven Roasted Cauliflower w/ Lemon & Garlic
A super quick and easy roasted cauliflower kissed with lemon and cooked with sliced garlic for extra flavor!
- 1 head cauliflower cut into bite size florets
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (I bet the addition of lemon zest would be great too)
- 4-8 large cloves garlic thinly sliced (depending on how garlicky you like it, the garlic will be roasted too, so not too pungent)
- sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Toss the cauliflower florets with the remaining ingredients.
Place on a cookie sheet or roasting pan and place in the oven. Roast for about 10-15 minutes until the florets are fork tender and beginning to brown! This is good hot or cold!
April Harris says
I’ve never cooked cauliflower this way before but it looks and sounds wonderful, especially with the lemon and garlic!
Oven roasted cauliflower looks delicious. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.
I love the idea of adding lemon and garlic…I never heard of this before. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂
This sounds lovely! The flavours sound awesome and it’s so simple to make…I need and thrive on simple!
Tessa Domestic Diva says
It is ridiculously simple…they say necessity is the mother of invention, and I am always looking for ways to have veggies that fit the fast and flavorful standard! Enjoy Vicky!
Miz Helen says
Your recipe looks awesome we would just love it! Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Jackie @ Crest Cottage says
This is my favorite way to have cauliflower! My mother in law always fries it, and while it is good, I discovered roasting it has all the good things about fried, but it tastes even better!
Rebecca @ Peanut Butter, Passports, and Epinephrine says
Yum. Sounds so good. I have a hard time getting cauliflower into my son, but anything with 8 cloves of garlic in it has to be good! I think he might like this.
Tessa Domestic Diva says
It was funny, my eldest, who is usually more willing to eat her veg wouldn’t touch it. After the whole “you need to take one bite, and if you don;t like it, you don;t have to eat anymore” spiel, you took one tentative bite, then her whole face lit up and she gobbled the rest down quickly!! Hopefully you have the same results! Thanks for stopping by!
Wow-I love recipes that I have all of the ingredients on hand for and the ingredients sound so perfect together. I am looking forward to trying this. I think I am going to try this with broccoli too!
Tessa Domestic Diva says
let me know how you like it! careful w/ the broccoli…it is not as dense as cauliflower and will not need to roast as long. I might reduce the heat a bit too..maybe 400!