Oven roasted cauliflower spiced with cumin and coriander makes for the simplest yet most appetizing 4 ingredient side dish. Perfect on Thanksgiving or just about any other evening! You’ll want to eat the whole tray yourself. Vegan, gluten free and paleo too!
Oven roasted cauliflower is my new favorite side dish. Scratch that it’s just my new favorite dish period. I can eat oven roasted cauliflower like I would popcorn – and by that I mean in large quantities and with zero self control.
Luckily for me it’s ever so slightly healthier and better for you than popcorn. Any one else sometimes confuse cauliflower with popcorn and mimic that same eating style with faced with a large tray of heavenly scented oven roasted cauliflower straight out of the oven?!
Tell me I’m not alone here.
Please share all the ways in which you eat cauliflower. I’m also all about roasted cauliflower soup and cauliflower rice tabouli, but growing up I had no idea cauliflower was so versatile.
As a child I was only fed cauliflower one way – dredged in egg and flour and then sauteed in oil. Oh and then I dipped it in mayonnaise.
It wasn’t until I became I full blown adult that I came to find out you can even eat it raw with dip.
I continued to be surprised to find out that there are oh so many other ways that cauliflower can be prepared. And oven roasted cauliflower is my new favorite. Definitely healthy, full of flavor and simple to make. I do (sometimes) get tempted to dip this in mayonnaise (oh those Russian roots of mine), but so far I’ve resisted the urge. : )
While you can prepare oven roasted cauliflower with a medley of different spices I always stick to the same two – cumin and coriander. These two spices are simply magical together and the aroma that will fill your kitchen as the cauliflower bakes in the oven is nothing short of mesmerizing. If you do not have cumin seeds on hand, ground cumin works well too (trust me, I’ve tested both)
The key to get the cauliflower somewhat crisped up and charred is not to overdo it on the olive oil, and not to move the cauliflower around too much. I only stir the cauliflower half way into cooking, otherwise I do not touch it.
Overall this is my favorite side dish or sometimes I even just roasted a whole tray for myself as a snack!
In the comments below please share your favorite ways to prepare cauliflower!
Oven roasted cauliflower spiced with cumin and coriander makes for the simplest yet most appetizing side dish. Perfect on Thanksgiving or just about any other evening! You'll want to eat the whole tray yourself.
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt/pepper to taste
Add cut up cauliflower florets to a bowl and toss with spices. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil and shake the bowl to make sure all florets are coated.
Place florets on baking sheet in a single layer . Cook 20-30 minutes or until cauliflower is slightly browned. Serve hot.
If you do not have cumin seeds, use ground cumin instead
I love roasted cauliflower but have never tried it with cumin and coriander. I’ll have to give it a try!
Let me know what you think!
Cumin and coriander on the cauliflower sounds really good. Those two spices do so well together. Looks great!
Daniel Noll says
Ha! I looked at that photo and said, “There’s gots to be cumin.” Love it. Audrey and I are roasting converts (I’m not certain how long it’s been now.) Anyhow, next time a huge head of cauliflower comes our way, it’s getting this treatment! Oh, and the mayo 🙂
Hope you enjoy it!
Made this last night, I was not sure I was going to like it. I can’t stop eating it.
Thanks for the wonderful recipe!
So glad you liked it! Thanks for coming back to comment and let me know. It really is addictive — I can eat an entire head of cauliflower in one sitting when cooked this way!
I just stopped by to say that I made your cauliflower and it was really great – the perfect texture. And then we had a gratin with melted cheese and ground beef from the leftovers the following day. Also delish! Thank you for the recipe 🙂
So glad you enjoyed the cauliflower – it really makes for a great side dish or even snack. I can eat a whole head of cauliflower in one sitting when cooked this way!
So glad to find a healthy recipe, Vicky!