Roasted cauliflower is a wonderful easy side that tastes great with just a few simple ingredients. This side dish is made with only 5 ingredients that you most likely already have on hand. There are many option for adding more flavor so try it with Parmesan cheese, spicy sauce, or other seasonings.
Cauliflower is a rock star vegetable that you can eat throughout the day is many ways. Make a bowl of Cheesy Ham and Cauliflower Soup to enjoy for lunch or some Parmesan Cauliflower Crisps as a snack. For dinner, you can substitute rice and pasta with some Cauliflower Rice.
Cauliflower is a great vegetable to have on hand. Besides having lots of health benefits, it’s very versatile.
If you want a fast and easy side dish, it’s easy to cut a head of cauliflower into florets, mix it with some seasoning, and roast it in the oven. Roasting cauliflower at high heat brings out a lot of its natural flavors that’s why it’s not necessary to add a lot of seasoning.
Most of the time, I simply add olive oil and season it with some salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Besides making it into a simple side dish, cauliflower is easily transformed into a pizza crust, tortillas, rice, or just a snack. Substituting cauliflower for bread, pasta, and rice is a healthy gluten free alternative and it helps lower calorie intake.
While lowering calories and carbohydrates, cauliflower helps add a good amount of fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants to your diet while tasting great.
HOW TO MAKE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER
It will take you 5 minutes to prepare cauliflower and 20-25 minutes to roast it.
Preheat oven to 425° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper if needed.
Start by cutting off and discarding leaves and stem off of the head of cauliflower. Wash it, pat it dry, and cut cauliflower into florets.
Combine cauliflower florets with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Mix until all cauliflower is evenly seasoned.
Spread seasoned cauliflower on a baking sheet in one even layer and make sure the baking sheet is big enough not to crowd the vegetables.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. (Add a few minutes if you want the cauliflower softer or take away a few minutes if you want it to remain crunchier.)
WHAT FLAVORS CAN BE ADDED TO ROASTED CAULIFLOWER
After making this easy roasted cauliflower a few times, you may feel like you want some different flavors. Great news is that you can add a while lot of different flavors here.
Parmesan cheese – try adding some dry, grated Parmesan cheese while mixing with olive oil and seasoning.
Ranch seasoning – You can omit all the seasoning and simply mix it with a packet of ranch dressing seasoning mix. (Make sure you use a large head of cauliflower.)
Seasoning mixes – some other seasoning mixes to try would be Italian seasoning , Cajun seasoning, dry rub, any many other of your favorite seasoning mixes.
Buffalo – toss cauliflower florets in some buffalo winger sauce or sriracha sauce for a spicy touch. Buffalo cauliflower is great served with ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing.
CAN I REHEAT ROASTED CAULIFLOWER?
Even though it won’t be the same texture as freshly out of the oven, you can reheat leftover roasted cauliflower. I find it best reheated on stove-top, in a preheated pan. Make sure to preheat the pan all the way, add a little bit of oil, and saute roasted cauliflower just until it heats through.
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Easy Roasted Cauliflower
- 32 oz head of cauliflower
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- fresh cracked black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425°. (Depending on the type of your roasting pan, you may need to lightly grease it.)
- Cut off and discarding leaves and stem off of the head of cauliflower.
- Wash it and pat it dry.
- Cut cauliflower into florets. (Smaller florets will cook faster and preferred for better roasting.)
- Combine cauliflower florets with oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Mix until all cauliflower is evenly seasoned.
- Spread seasoned cauliflower in a baking sheet in one even layer and make sure the baking sheet is big enough not to crowd the vegetables.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. (Add a few minutes if you want the cauliflower softer or take away a few minutes if you want it to remain crunchier.)