Whole Roasted Spiced Cauliflower is a delicious veggie substitute. The seasonings can be changed according to your taste. Serve as a side dish with salmon!

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Looking for a meatless weeknight meal? This cauliflower is a delicious veggie substitute. Change out the seasonings and oil can according to your taste—try garam masala and ghee, chili powder and avocado oil, or other variations!

Or, serve it as a side dish with salmon! You may also want to try my popular Cauliflower Bacon Gratin recipe!

Friends, if you’ve been to my house for dinner, pretty much in any season, you’ve most likely indulged in my Pistachio Lime Baked Salmon.

Whole Roasted Spiced Cauliflower

Yes, it’s my go-to for company! Of course we serve other dishes, depending on the season, like this Whole Roasted Spiced Cauliflower.

Ingredients for Spiced Cauliflower

  • 1 head of cauliflower,
  • Kosher salt
  • Flake salt
  • Smoked paprika (optional)
  • Extra virgin olive oil

How to make Whole Spiced Cauliflower

Boil the cauliflower!

Place on a baking sheet and rub with spices and oil.

Bake, cut into large pieces, and serve!

3 entertaining goals

When I have people over I have three goals. As you can see, I keep myself at the top of the list, because we all know if momma ain’t happy, aint no one coming over for dinner.

1. Make sure I’m not stressed, and that I’m not stressing my family out.
2. Make sure guests feel welcome and loved, and I’m organized when they walk through the door.
3. Make sure the food is really good, nourishing, and memorable.

I’ve finally figured out a foolproof way to make sure all three goals are met.

My secret–I serve basically the same thing whenever we have people over. Yep, you heard right, I have a few recipes that I make over and over.

I most often serve salmon (check out all of my salmon recipes)! I have quite a few salmon recipes here on the blog, but Baked Pistachio Lemon Salmon is the recipe I have memorized in my head. When you think about it, salmon only takes minutes to prepare, and then maybe 10-12 minutes to bake. That’s easy!

Years ago, we visited some friends for dinner on a Friday night for pizza! She made the dough right in front of me, it smelled glorious, she was content to sit and talk as it was cooking, the kids were happy, it was delish, and I noticed how comfortable and relaxed she was.

She told me pizza was their go-to meal for company, because she had the dough recipe memorized, and she had made it so many times.

Perfect, I thought. I need a go-to recipe for company!

Easy dinner menu

So now years later, when we invite people over, we mostly serve salmon!

Whole Roasted Spiced Cauliflower + salmon is a great place to start!

Being free to get to know our guests and focus on what really matters is key.

Make a salad, prepare a side dish, and ask the guests to bring the dessert! Enjoy your people!

Remember that showing imperfections allows people to feel more at ease, so if things don’t come together perfectly, don’t worry about it!

I’m so glad that entertaining doesn’t have to be perfect to be meaningful!

To serve, cut into 4 thick steaks and enjoy à la carte or with additional sauces.

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Whole Roasted Spiced Cauliflower

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 4
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  • 1 head of cauliflower, whole
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • plus 1 1/2 tsp flake salt
  • 3/4 tsp smoked paprika, optional
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 550 degrees F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil with 1/3 cup kosher salt—enough water to just cover the cauliflower head. Add the head and boil for 12 minutes. When the cauliflower is tender, remove from the water and pat dry.
  • Place on baking sheet and rub with olive oil, salt, and paprika.
  • Place in the lower third of the oven for 23-25 minutes.
  • To serve, cut into 4 thick steaks and enjoy à la carte or with additional sauces.
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
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