Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies to roast. We’ve had it with sage, with curry powder, with paprika – or just like this, highlighted on its own. You can’t really mess it up. I used to think that cauliflower was pretty bland. However, I’ve since grown to appreciate its unique flavor (particularly when it is roasted). If you think you don’t like cauliflower and haven’t had it in a while, give this roasted garlic cauliflower a try and see if your tastes have changed!
How to Roast Cauliflower
This roasted garlic cauliflower is about as simple as it gets. When roasting cauliflower, you want to chop it into even-sized pieces so everything bakes at the same rate. The smaller the pieces, the quicker the cauliflower will cook. However, you don’t want to chop the cauliflower too finely, or else the pieces might burn in the oven.
The oven temperature should be fairly high, as you want the outside of the cauliflower to get beautifully golden brown and slightly crispy (the darker parts are the most flavorful!). However, you don’t want the temperature so high that the outside of the cauliflower cooks while the inside stays raw. We’ve found 450FºF to be the perfect temperature, but some ovens burn hotter than others so you may need to adjust your oven temperature a bit after you’ve tried out this roasted garlic cauliflower recipe.
Last but certainly not least is the importance of olive oil in this recipe. The olive oil helps the cauliflower become golden on the outside and adds a touch of flavor. You want to drizzle on just enough oil that the cauliflower is slick to the touch, but not swimming in oil. Too much oil will cause the cauliflower to burn or become soggy in the oven. When in doubt, add a tablespoon of oil at a time until you’ve reached a ratio you’re happy with.
Because this cauliflower is flavored simply with salt, pepper, and garlic, it pairs nicely with a variety of dishes. Serve it alongside pizza for a hearty meal, with some salmon or shrimp, or toss it into a stir-fry or pasta dish. You can also mix in some other veggies like broccoli and roast them at the same time.
Looking for more vegetarian cauliflower recipes?
- Grilled Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich
- Cauliflower Shawarma Pita
- Moroccan Spiced Cauliflower Soup
- Cauliflower and Tomato Coconut Curry
- Roasted Cauliflower with Apples and Dill
This recipe is…
Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.
This roasted garlic cauliflower requires less than 10 minutes of prep work and pairs well with everything from pasta to stir-fries.
- 1 head cauliflower
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Clean the cauliflower and chop it into bite-sized pieces. Mince 4 cloves garlic.
- In a bowl, combine the cauliflower, garlic, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Add just enough olive oil to lightly coat the cauliflower and toss to combine.
- Spread the cauliflower on a baking sheet and bake for around 40 minutes or until browned, turning once. To serve, add lemon juice to taste.
Keywords: roasted garlic cauliflower
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.