Up until recently, cauliflower was on my list of hated vegetables. It wasn’t something I enjoyed despite trying to eat and enjoy more vegetables. Maybe it was the funny look of it or maybe it was just the fact that I had never had it cooked in the best way possible: roasted.
If you have never had roasted cauliflower then you need to try it soon. ASAP. As soon as you finish reading this post. It’s one of my favorite ways to eat cauliflower and I’ve found almost every who tries it loves it as well.
It’s also a super simple way to prepare cauliflower which makes it even more amazing!
Roasting cauliflower is super simple but makes it taste amazing. The steps are below but if you know how to roast any vegetable you’ll be able to roast cauliflower.
Roasted Cauliflower Step 1
First, preheat the oven to 400 F. Or something close. My oven is old and doesn’t exactly get to a very specific temperature, so trust me when I say just being close enough to your intended temperature will work. It’s not rocket science, I promise.
Roasted Cauliflower Step 2
Then, get your head of cauliflower. In this example I’m only using half a head of cauliflower since I was eating by myself.
Chop up the cauliflower into like size shapes. You can cut them bigger or smaller, it’s really personal preference. Keep them similar in size so they will cook equally. The roasting time will depend on how big you cut them.
Roasted Cauliflower Step 3
Measuring spoons are not entirely necessary – I just really love mine. You can use your best judgment for the oil. I tend to use a little less than 1 tbsp for a whole head of cauliflower.
There are two ways you can coat the cauliflower with olive oil.
- Put the cauliflower pieces in a bowl and toss them with olive oil to thoroughly coat or
- Lay the cauliflower pieces on the baking pan and drizzle with olive oil. Either way works.
Roasted Cauliflower Step 4
Next sprinkle the cauliflower with salt and pepper. I use sea salt and freshly ground pepper. You can use other seasonings but if you want to keep it simple and delicious? Stick with the basics.
Roasted Cauliflower Step 5
Then stick the pan in the oven that’s been preheated. At 400°F cauliflower will take 25-30 minutes to roast. If you’ve tried a different temperature on your oven then just watch the cauliflower around that time and let it cook until it’s tender and starts to brown.
Roasted Cauliflower Step 6
If you want, you can also sprinkle Parmesan cheese, or other cheese, on top. ;)
I love roasted cauliflower! I’ve eaten it before and I ate it today and I can’t wait to eat it again. It’s really one of my favorite vegetables to roast because it just makes the cauliflower taste so good. It even smells really good while it’s roasting. It’s magical!
Have you roasted cauliflower before?
You could also try preparing cauliflower in one of my other favorite ways: mashed! Check out my tips and recipe for how to make mashed cauliflower!