Roasted Cauliflower (Easy Baked Cauliflower)

LAST UPDATED: Nov 15, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Apr 02, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

This effortless Roasted Cauliflower is the ultimate healthy side dish. If you think you don’t love cauliflower, this Easy Baked Cauliflower is sure to change your mind! 

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Once upon a time, I was resistant to the joys of cauliflower. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that now, in fact! Maybe I just hadn’t ever had it prepared in a truly delicious way? Perhaps that steamed, lackluster flavor and general lack of seasoning clouded my reasoning? 

I love roasted vegetables in almost all formats, so I don’t know why I waited so long to try cauliflower. I’ve made roasted baby carrots, roasted mushrooms, and roasted sweet potatoes just to name a few! 

Eventually, my taste buds began to come around. I was introduced to the most incredible roasted cauliflower at a local restaurant and it was a flavor explosion!

Imagine my surprise when I realized that cauliflower could be so delicious. Who knew? If you think you won’t love roasted cauliflower, I urge you to give it another chance! 

easy baked cauliflower

Is Roasted Cauliflower Good For You?

Absolutely! In fact, roasted cauliflower fits in with many of today’s most popular diet plans. It’s certainly Keto-friendly, as well as compliant with Whole 30 guidelines! 

Cauliflower is rich with fiber, folate and Vitamin C. It’s considered an anti-inflammatory food and is also high in antioxidants. It’s truly a superfood! Roasting this nutrient-rich veggie actually makes it easier to digest, so feel free to snack to your heart’s content. 

Like your life a little spicier? Check out my Fiesta Ranch Cauliflower

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How To Roast Cauliflower

It’s so simple. And the best part? Easy clean-up! 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix your herbs and seasonings in a small bowl. Set Aside.
  • Cut your cauliflower into small florets. Keep the size as uniform as possible to ensure even baking.how to make easy baked cauliflower
  • Place on baking sheet (lined in foil or parchment for easy clean-up) and toss with olive oil. how to make roasted cauliflower
  • Roast for 25-35 minutes, tossing halfway through. how to make oven roasted cauliflower
  • When the florets begin to show a golden brown edge and become soft, remove from oven. garlic and herb roasted cauliflower on a sheet pan

Quick tip: make more than you think you’ll need! Believe me when I say you’ll want to eat the entire pan by yourself. The cauliflower shrinks a bit as it cooks, so you’ll want to ensure you have enough for your whole family! You can include pieces of the stem as well- waste not, want not. It roasts beautifully alongside the florets.

How To Make Baked Cauliflower Crispy

One of the joys of this baked cauliflower is that the roasting process turns these little nuggets into the perfect bite-sized side dish or snack. 

I used sheets of parchment paper when I roasted this cauliflower, because the girls tend to prefer it a little softer. If you’d like those delicious crispy edges on your roasted cauliflower, line your pan with aluminum foil. The foil allows for a better crisping process. You can also turn your heat up a little, ensuring a perfect pan of crispy cauliflower! 

easy baked cauliflower

What To Pair With Your Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a simple, delicious side dish in any form. Have you tried my roasted garlic mashed cauliflower? It’s the perfect low-carb substitute for mashed potatoes. It’s so creamy and comforting… dare I say it’s *almost as good as the real thing? 

This basic roasted cauliflower is also a perfect addition to many of your favorite pasta dishes or even salads. It’s the perfect superfood addition to entrees of all kinds! If you’re sticking with the low-carb life, try it with the following recipes: 

If you try this roasted cauliflower recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Be sure to come back and leave a 5 star review. You can also pin on Pinterest. What’s your favorite way to enjoy cauliflower? 

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roasted cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower (Easy Baked Cauliflower)

This effortless Roasted Cauliflower is the ultimate healthy side dish. If you think you don't love cauliflower, this Easy Baked Cauliflower is sure to change your mind! 
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 105kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp savory
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix your herbs and seasonings in a small bowl. Set Aside.
  • Cut your cauliflower into small florets. Keep the size as uniform as possible to ensure even baking.
    how to make easy baked cauliflower
  • Place on baking sheet (lined in foil or parchment for easy clean-up) and toss with olive oil.
    how to make roasted cauliflower
  • Roast for 25-35 minutes, tossing halfway through.
    how to make oven roasted cauliflower
  • When the florets begin to show a golden brown edge and become soft, remove from oven.

Notes

Use parchment paper for softer cauliflower, aluminum foil for crispier.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 46.4mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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