Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Let me introduce you to a fun new way to eat cauliflower! I used to think I didn’t like cauliflower until I tried roasting it. We’ve been eating it that way for a few months and I love the crispy almost popcorn like quality you get from roasting it. Then, last week, I was inspired by a recipe in Food Network Magazine to add a little spice. This spicy roasted cauliflower is so good that I couldn’t stop eating it! It’s hot and crispy and full of flavor. I’ve made it twice already and I’m sure it will appear many more times before the cold weather is over. Feel free to play around with the seasonings as well, until it’s just how you want it.

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower


1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp kosher salt
ground black pepper
Chopped fresh chives, for sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 425. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, red pepper flakes and salt. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Spread the cauliflower florets on the baking sheet and toss with the spice mix. Drizzle the olive oil on top and toss to coat evenly. Bake for 20 minutes, then stir. Bake for 5-10 minutes longer, or until brown and crispy. How long they take to roast depends on what size you cut the florets. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Sprinkle with chopped chives before serving.

adapted from Food Network Magazine

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  1. Yeah, roasted cauliflower! I think this is by far the best way to cook & eat cauliflower. Just imagine how different everyone’s perceptions of cauliflower would be if we’d all grown up eating it roasted–it would be so many more people’s favorite vegetable! 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to try this and the Indian Wrap – that’s my kind of food! Have you tried roasted kale? It is also amazing… we eat it like chips around here with a little salt and garlic, or like popcorn. Even the kids love it. I love roasted veggies.

    • I tried roasted kale once a few years ago. I burnt it though, so I wasn’t a huge fan. Maybe I’ll try it again! I want to grow my own kale in our garden this year 🙂

  3. I’ll have to try this! It was thanks to you and your vegetable minestrone that I realized I like mushrooms, solely because they are roasted! Maybe this will help me like cauliflower, too. 🙂

    • I hope you like it! I thought I hated cauliflower for years until I tried it roasted! If you don’t want to do all the spices, just try the olive oil and salt and pepper – it’s great that way too! 🙂

  4. I love roasted cauliflower but always use the same seasonings… trying this mix next time!

  5. Yummy! I’ve been on a roasted cauliflower kick lately. I take a whole container to work to snack on. I’ve been doing mine with fresh lime juice, salt and garlic. You recipe looks great!

  6. I love Cauliflower and you’re right it is so good roasted:)

  7. This is in my oven right now and it smells so delicious!

  8. Ok – this is like the 5th post I’ve seen on cauliflower – I think the universe is trying to tell me something 😉 This looks super yum though, I might have to through a head in the oven tonight, as it’s definitely one of those foods I can not eat raw – only cooked!

  9. I am not a huge cauliflower fan, but I would totally try this! It looks delicious!

  10. I recently made roasted cauliflower for the first time and absolutely love it now. I just toss it with olive oil, salt, pepper, cumin seeds, and dried coriander – so good!

  11. Made this tonight and it’s delicious!

  12. Made this tonight – fabulous! Will be buying more cauliflower so we can make it again!

  13. Made this as part of our dinner this evening and it was all gone in 1 meal 🙂 My 4 yr old son asked for extra helpings so that is a definite approval. I have never tried or seen roasted cauliflower – thank you for sharing this. It has changed our family’s perception of this veggie!

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