The Perfect Oven Roasted Cauliflower is so easy make. The flavor and texture is perfect with just some simple spices, honey, and oil.

Perfect Oven Roasted Cauliflower with pistachio

Friends, are you in a rut with your cooking? Is all the cooking at home and eating in making you feel tired of cooking? I say yes to this … sometimes. But we often resort to a lot of “bowls” for dinner. You can make the vegetables ahead, and then heat them up! Today I’m sharing an easy Perfect Oven Roasted Cauliflower recipe.

Perfect Oven Roasted Cauliflower

This cauliflower is a stunning, flavorful, and perfect side dish for any cozy meal. Warm spices like cumin and coriander contrast wonderfully with sweet and smoky paprika, and sharp and tangy sumac (note* sumac is a spice that can be found at most grocery stores). Maybe you’ve also tried our Whole Roasted Spiced Cauliflower (a real treat).

Perfect Oven Roasted Cauliflower with pomegranate

Ingredients for Perfect Oven Roasted Cauliflower

  • Cauliflower
  • Paprika + cumin + coriander + sumac
  • Kosher salt + pepper
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)
  • Pistachios

In addition to sumac being a wonderful spice to cook with, it also is a beautiful garnish for dips, vegetables, meats, and more.

Everything does not need to be a casserole! So think simple veggie bowls, or roasted veggies on salads. Veggies are dreamy, even for an appetizer (one of our favorite beautiful cheese boards).

Perfect Oven Cauliflower

How long to bake cauliflower?

The bake time for roasted cauliflower will depend on the size, thickness, and desired doneness of your pieces.

  • Smaller pieces – you only need about 15 minutes.
  • Larger florets – bake 20-25 minutes, until the cauliflower is caramelized and golden.

Remove from the oven and serve immediately with a drizzle of pistachio oil, chopped pistachios, and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds

Here’s why we love cauliflower

Enjoy the cauliflower as a snack with your favorite dip, as a healthy side dish, or warm on a wilted spinach salad.

You  can serve this recipe warm or at room temperature.

It can be part of an antipasto of roasted vegetables platter. YUM.

Serve with chicken or lamb.

Eat it like a snack!

holding a bowl of Perfect Oven Roasted Cauliflower

How to roast cauliflower:

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Mix together the paprika, cumin, coriander, sumac, salt, pepper, warmed honey, and olive oil. Whisk until honey is dissolved.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower in the olive oil dressing.
  4. Use my method to roast the cauliflower (print recipe below). Cook until the vegetables are fork tender and beautifully browned.

Roasting or sautéing cauliflower brings out its sweetness.

Roasted Cauliflower

More cauliflower recipes to try:

We love this for a main dish: Cauliflower Bacon Gratin

Oh, this soup: Cauliflower White Cheddar Cheese Soup

Snack time: Cauliflower Dip Snack Board

How to make Cauliflower Rice

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Perfect Oven Roasted Cauliflower

This cauliflower is a stunning, flavorful, and perfect side dish. Warm spices like cumin and coriander contrast wonderfully with sweet and smoky paprika and sharp and tangy sumac. (Note* sumac is a spice that can be found at most grocery stores! In addition to being a wonderful spice to cook with, it also is a beautiful garnish for dips, vegetables, meats, and more.)
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 23 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Yield: 4

Ingredients
 

  • 1 small cauliflower, cut into 3/4’’-1’’ florets
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 ½ tsp sumac
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp honey, warmed
  • ¼ c olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ pistachios, toasted and salted, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees and place a baking sheet on the bottom rack.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the paprika, cumin, coriander, sumac, salt, pepper, warmed honey, and olive oil. Whisk until honey is dissolved and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower in the olive oil dressing. Carefully remove the hot sheet pan from the oven, line with parchment, and spread the florets into a single layer, making sure to provide enough room for the florets to properly brown, rather than steam. If your baking sheet isn’t large enough, simply use two separate baking sheets for the vegetables.
  • Place the sheet pan on the bottom rack for 5 minutes, or until the bottoms are sizzling and lightly browned. Move the sheet up to the center rack and lower temperature to 450 degrees. Roast for an additional 8-10 minutes, then rotate the pan and cook for 10-15 minutes more, or until the vegetables are fork tender and beautifully browned.
  • Remove from the oven and serve immediately with a drizzle of pistachio oil, chopped pistachio, and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds.
  • You can also enjoy the cauliflower as a snack with your favorite dip, as a healthy side dish, or warm on a wilted spinach salad.
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
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purple Perfect Oven Roasted Cauliflower