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Best Ever Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Cauliflower is often thought of as broccoli’s bland, boring cousin. But with the right cooking techniques and flavor combinations, this versatile vegetable can become the star of any dish.

One such recipe is this whole roasted cauliflower, which transforms this humble veggie into a show-stopping centerpiece for any meal.

Roasted cauliflower.

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Roasting a whole cauliflower may seem intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple and yields impressive results. The outer leaves become crispy and caramelized while the inside remains tender and flavorful.

Why You Will love This Cauliflower Side Dish Recipe

Not only is whole roasted cauliflower a visually stunning dish, but it’s also incredibly versatile and customizable. You can use different spice blends, sauces, and toppings to create unique flavor profiles every time you make it. Plus, this recipe is suitable for various dietary restrictions as it is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.

Additionally, roasting the cauliflower brings out its natural sweetness and nutty flavor, making it a perfect substitute for meat in vegetarian or vegan meals. It’s also a great way to get more veggies into your diet without sacrificing taste.

Whole roasted cauliflower in a roasting pan.

Why is my Roasted Cauliflower Tough?

One common mistake when roasting cauliflower is not cooking it for long enough. To ensure the cauliflower becomes tender, make sure to cook it for the full recommended time and check for doneness by inserting a fork into the center.

Another tip is to use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the stem of the cauliflower before roasting, which helps the heat penetrate and cook the center more evenly.

Whole roasted cauliflower.

Ingredients Needed

  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
Roasted cauliflower.

A Tasty Side Dish

Whether you’re looking for a tasty side dish or a hearty vegetarian main course, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. So next time you’re at the grocery store, don’t overlook that boring head of cauliflower – give it a try in this delicious whole roasted form!

Cut roasted cauliflower.

Best Ever Whole Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Jane and Sonja
We'll show you how to roast a whole cauliflower with this simple yet impressive whole roasted cauliflower recipe.
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black ground pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Remove the leaves, wash to clean cauliflower.
  • Add whole cauliflower to a pot of boiling salted water.
  • Cook for 7 minutes.
  • Remove cauliflower from water for the time being.
  • In a small bowl, mix the spices and bread crumbs with the olive oil.
  • Brush on the mixture to the top of the cauliflower.
  • Transfer to a small roasting pan or glass baking bowl.
  • Preheat the oven to 360F.
  • Bake for 25-35 minutes, uncovered.
  • Remove.
  • The edges should appear colored and a bit crispy when ready.
Keyword vegetarian
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Roasted cauliflower next to a knife.

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