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Crispy Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Crispy Oven Roasted Cauliflower


Crispy Oven Roasted Cauliflower has the perfect bite on the outside with a tender, flavorful middle that isn't mushy at all.


  • 1 head cauliflower, washed and dried thoroughly, core and stem removed, cut into small and evenly-sized florets
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided (1 for coating the bottom of the baking sheet and 2 for tossing with the cauliflower)
  • optional: 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt (add after it comes out of the oven for best results)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease a half sheet baking sheet or cast iron skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Set aside.
  2. Place cauliflower on the baking sheet and use tongs to toss well with olive oil, black pepper and garlic powder if using.   
  3. Arrange the cauliflower florets in one even layer cut side down.  Make sure the florets are not touching.  Use two pans/skillets if needed.
  4. Roast in the middle rack of your oven for 30 minutes flipping florets 180 degrees halfway through.
  5. After roasting, sprinkle with the salt and toss well.
  6. Enjoy immediately alone or with your favorite sauce or grain bowl.  Best when fresh out of the oven.  I love to dip them in my Vegan Tzatziki Sauce or Green Tahini Sauce.
  7. Allow any leftovers to fully cool to room temperature before storing or they will steam and get overcooked/soggy in your storage container.  Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to four days.  Reheat leftovers in the oven at a high temperature for a brief period of time so they don't get mushy on the inside.  


To cut the cauliflower, place the core down and head face up.  Cut in half and then turn 45 degrees and then cut in half again (creating 4 equally sized pieces).  Then, place each piece at a 45 degree angle and use a knife to easily separate the florets from the core.  For best results, you may need to cut the cauliflower florets in half if they are large.

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven

Keywords: crispy roasted cauliflower