Roasted cauliflower is a simple, tasty and fresh side dish that you will find yourself making on repeat.
News flash: Cauliflower is the chameleon of food blog world. I am sure you have seen all the cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower alfredo sauce, yada, yada, yada. 🙄 I can almost feel the collective eye roll out there, y’all. People have made cauliflower into ALL the things.
There are even memes about it. For example: “If cauliflower can be pizza, you can do anything baby girl.” 😜
Full STOP. Stop all the insanity! 🙅🏼♀️Please!
Like, right here, right now. Because today, internet friends, I hereby call on this beloved vegetable to be…ITSELF. 💥
That’s right! You do YOU, cauliflower.😂👊🏻
In my humble opinion, cauliflower shines (and tastes awesome!) roasted up very simply. It is bright, FRESH and YES – tasty.😎👌🏻 I’ll show you how I do it. And you may decide that cauliflower is pretty awesome as itself too.🙃
You could, of course, save yourself the trouble of prep and just buy a bag of already-prepped cauliflower.💁🏼♀️ But here is how to prep a head of it into bite sized pieces.
First, I remove as many leaves and tough stems as I can with my hands.
Then I slice off the rest of the base with a good, sharp chef’s knife.
Next, I cut it in half.
And then I use my hands to start separating out the chunks by pulling them off the tough stem.
Finally, I use my knife to split any larger bits into bite-sized chunks, and I make sure and remove any more of the tough stems. I place those on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
How to season roasted cauliflower
When I make this in real life, I season this a variety of ways. At the minimum, I season it up with some olive oil, salt pepper and garlic powder.
To take it to next level deliciousness, I add a couple other simple ingredients: lemon zest and thyme. I highly recommend not skipping them!
Fresh thyme is my favorite. But of you don’t have any, you can totally use dry. I used dry thyme in this batch you see in the photos.
After I get all the ingredients on the pan, I just give everything a good toss with my hands to make sure all the pieces are well-coated.
How to roast cauliflower
So what time and temperature is best to roast cauliflower? Once everything is prepped and seasoned, I recommend baking it in a preheated oven at 400 degrees until the edges start to turn brown. For me, that is about twenty-five minutes.
And all of the above steps result in the brightest, yummiest, most flavorful, authentic version of cauliflower awesomeness you can imagine.
And maybe…just maybe…if cauliflower can shine as itself? You can shine as yourself too, friends!😉
Roasted cauliflower goes great with any of the following main dishes. I have included recipe links for your convenience.
- Instant pot chicken breast
- Baked chicken breast
- Air fryer chicken breast
- Grilled salmon
- Grilled chicken breasts
- Pork tenderloin
- Pot roast
- Oven roasted turkey breast
Roasted cauliflower recipe
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Roasted cauliflower is a simple, tasty and fresh side dish that you will find yourself making on repeat. Seasoned with olive oil, garlic, lemon and thyme.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste - I used about 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- zest of half a lemon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prep the cauliflower by removing tough leaves and stems from the cauliflower, and cut in half.
Pull chunks off with your hands, using the knife to remove any tough ends and split any huge chunks into bite-sized pieces.
Spread pieces on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle on the salt, pepper, granulated garlic, thyme and lemon zest.
Toss with your hands until the pieces are evenly coated, and rearrange the pieces with plenty of space to ensure even cooking.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven, until edges start to brown, about 25 minutes
Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.
Feel free to use one of those pre-prepped bags of cauliflower.
Also, you can double this recipe and still use one sheet pan.
I have made this lots of times without the lemon zest or thyme. But I highly recommend including them.
Fresh thyme is great. Just use at least double the amount written in the recipe for dried.