Roasted Cauliflower is a quick and easy side dish that is healthy! It’s great for making during the weeknight as a healthy recipe to go along with your favorite main dish. Changing up the seasonings on this roasted cauliflower is easy so you can enjoy it in multiple ways! If you need an easy side dish and are looking to eat healthy this baked cauliflower is the answer!
Easy Roasted Cauliflower!
I have the EASIEST side dish for you today that is so delicious and healthy, too! Roasted Cauliflower is one of my favorite side dishes to make because with just a few simple steps you can have it ready to go. Plus, it goes with so many main dishes – we love it with Balsamic Crock Pot Roast!
Cauliflower is one of those veggies I can sneak into a lot of dishes so my kiddos will eat it. My family loves Cauliflower Broccoli Casserole and Mashed Cauliflower, which is just like mashed potatoes but so much healthier. But, this Roasted Cauliflower is one of my favorites because it’s just so darn easy to make and I love the flavor.
Healthy Side Dish Recipe!
Something magical happens when you roast cauliflower in the oven. The cauliflower softens and caramelizes on the outside creating a nutty flavor. I’m sure there’s some kind of science behind it, but it just seems like magic to me!
If you need a super simple side dish that’s good for you, too, this Roasted Cauliflower needs to go on your must-make list for sure!
Once you know how to make Roasted Cauliflower there are so many ways you can switch it up with different seasonings. The recipe I’m sharing is a basic one, which is great because it goes with practically any main dish, but later on in this post, I share how you can switch things up with different seasoning and spices!
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What ingredients do I need for Roasted Cauliflower?
- Cauliflower florets
- Olive oil
- Fine sea salt
- Freshly-cracked black pepper
- Garlic powder
How do I roast cauliflower?
- Preheat Oven – The first thing you want to do, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Prepare Cauliflower – Spread the cauliflower florets into an even layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the florets and sprinkle them with the seasoning. Gently toss the florets to coat them evenly in the olive oil.
- Bake Cauliflower – Roast the cauliflower florets for 25 to 30 minutes or until they have softened and turned golden.
See? Told you it was so easy! It only has threes steps! While the cauliflower roasts you can easily pull together your main dish and then dinner is served.
Quick Tips and Tricks for Roasted Cauliflower!
Here are some frequently asked questions about making baked cauliflower. If you have any additional questions please comment below and we will do our best to answer them!
How do I choose cauliflower?
Choose a head of cauliflower that is firm and compact. The color should be white or creamy-white. Don’t buy one that is soft or has brown spots. For this recipe, you will want to choose a medium-sized head of cauliflower.
How do I store fresh cauliflower?
Cauliflower is one of those veggies that will keep for a few weeks if you properly store it. Keep it in the refrigerator loosely wrapped in plastic wrap. A whole head of cauliflower will keep well for up to two weeks.
If you break down the cauliflower into florets before storing it, the florets will keep for about a week.
How do I cut cauliflower?
It’s super simple! Here’s a few quick directions on how to quickly cut your cauliflower head into florets.
- Remove the leaves from the outside of the cauliflower.
- Slice the head of cauliflower in half and then cut each piece in half again so you have four pieces.
- Cut the stem out from the cauliflower.
- cut the cauliflower into florets using your knife.
Can I add different seasonings to roasted cauliflower?
Yes! You can season roasted cauliflower so many different ways. This way you never get tired of having it and you can change it up to compliment your main dish.
- dried Italian seasoning
- chili or taco seasoning
- Herbes de Provence
- onion powder
- dried herbs like parsley, thyme, rosemary, and oregano
- smoked paprika or regular paprika
- curry powder
- red pepper flakes
- cayenne pepper
- lemon-pepper seasoning
- Or, garnish your roasted cauliflower with fresh herbs just before serving. Fresh chives, parsley, or cilantro work really well!
What should I do with leftover roasted cauliflower?
You can reheat it and serve it again as a side dish or try a few of these ideas (depending on how you spiced it!):
- Turn it into soup
- Make cauliflower mash
- Add it to your omelet or frittata
- Use it for veggie tacos
- Add it to salads
How long does roasted cauliflower last?
Refrigerator: 3 to 5 days tightly wrapped in a container
Freezer: Roasted cauliflower can last several months in the freezer as long as it is stored in an airtight container.
How do I reheat roasted cauliflower?
You can reheat leftover roasted cauliflower in the microwave, but I prefer to reheat it in the oven. It takes a little longer, but it will crisp up and will taste great! Spread it out on a baking sheet and pop it in a 325 degree F oven until it’s warmed through.
Is roasted cauliflower healthy?
Yes, roasted cauliflower is healthy. Cauliflower is full of fiber and other healthy nutrients. Plus, it’s low-carb!
Easy, healthy, versatile and so delicious! I know this Roasted Cauliflower recipe will be your new favorite side dish. Looking for dishes to serve with Roasted Cauliflower? Here are some of our favorite main dishes or try some of my other healthy side dish recipes!
What do you eat cauliflower with?
- Ham Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
- Barbecue Chicken Drumsticks
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
- Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
- Taco Stroganoff
More healthy side dish recipes!
- Roasted Vegetables
- Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
- Lemon Asparagus
- Parmesan Baked Green Beans
- Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
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Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
- 1 medium head of cauliflower cut into florets
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick spray.
- Spread the cauliflower out on the baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over the top of the cauliflower. Sprinkle seasonings over the top. Toss gently to coat cauliflower.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, until soft and lightly golden.
- Serve immediately.