Roasted Cauliflower Recipe That Is Delicious & Easy to Make

The EASIEST and BEST oven-roasted cauliflower recipe. Simple seasoning, oil, and butter are all that are needed to achieve the ideal flavor and texture.

The EASIEST and BEST oven-roasted cauliflower recipe. Simple seasoning, oil, and butter are all that are needed to achieve the ideal flavor and texture.

Recipe for Roasted Cauliflower

Similar to roasted Brussels sprouts and corn on the cob, this recipe for baked cauliflower is a staple side dish. You'll make this recipe repeatedly.

It's simple and delicious to roast cauliflower in the oven. The florets are cooked to crisp-tender perfection after the butter and olive oil mixture caramelizes them. The nicest part of this recipe is that you can successfully adjust the spice by using what you already have on hand.

The Ideal Cauliflower Seasoning

Any seasoning works nicely with cauliflower. Even a basic seasoning of salt and pepper works great. The seasonings we adore most are these:

  • Salt: We adore good sea salt.
  • Black Pepper: cracked fresh black pepper
  • Garlic Powder: either garlic salt or garlic powder
  • Paprika: a source of flavor and color (a little goes a long way)

Cauliflower Roasting Techniques

This recipe for roasted cauliflower is incredibly simple to prepare and uses supplies you probably already have.

  1. To make cleanup simpler, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Cauliflower can be cut into conventional florets or into flat steaks.
  3. Cauliflower should be placed in the middle of your baking sheet. Drizzle oil and butter over the top, and toss to combine. Spread the cauliflower out in a single layer after seasoning it once more.
  4. Bake the cauliflower for 15 to 20 minutes, or until it is soft to your liking and the edges are brown. Depending on the dimensions of your pieces, the baking time may change.

How Long Should Cauliflower Bake?

The size, thickness, and level of doneness of your pieces will affect how long they should bake for in roasted cauliflower.

  • You only need around 15-20 minutes for smaller chunks.
  • Bake larger florets for 20 to 25 minutes. until the cauliflower is brown and caramelized.

Instructions for an Air Fryer:

Cauliflower cooks quickly and easily in an air fryer. I only use two to three tablespoons of olive oil while air frying instead of the butter. When the cauliflower is golden and soft, air fried it at 375° for 10-15 minutes, tossing it every 5 minutes.


  • Meal preparation tip: You can chop your cauliflower a few days in advance, cover it, and place it in the refrigerator. Then, season it before roasting.
  • Refrigerate: You may store leftover roasted cauliflower in the refrigerator for up to three days after it has reached room temperature and been covered.
  • Reheating: You can heat the cauliflower briefly on the stovetop, in the oven, or in the air fryer.

How To Prepare Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

*Prep Time: 10 minutes

*Cook Time: 20 minutes

*Total Time: 30 minutes

The best oven-roasted cauliflower recipe that will become a staple in your side dish rotation. Butter and oil-drizzled cauliflower florets that have been expertly seasoned.

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Skill Level: Easy

Recipe Cost: $4-$5

Keywords: oven roasted cauliflower, baked cauliflower, roasted cauliflower, how roast cauliflower

Cuisine: American

Course: Side Dish

Calories: 100

Servings: 6 as a side dish


  • 1 medium cauliflower, sliced in small florets, or 1/2" thick steaks
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground paprika
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
  • Instructions
  • Preheat the oven to 425˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


  1. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Slice the head of cauliflower into steaks that are 1/2" thick, then cut the steaks into even wedges that are bite-sized.
  3. The center of the baking sheet should now contain the cauliflower. Combine by tossing with the oil and melted butter.
  4. For the seasoning, combine the garlic powder, salt, paprika, and pepper in a small bowl. To evenly coat, sprinkle over cauliflower and toss.
  5. When the cauliflower is the desired crispiness, spread it out evenly on the baking sheet and bake at 425°F for 15-20 minutes.

Cookbook Notes

Depending on the size of your florets or slices, the baking time may vary slightly.

If you don't want to use any butter, you can use oil in its instead.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I add cheese? We enjoy topping cauliflower with cheese. For a parmesan roasted cauliflower, add 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese to the cauliflower during the final 5 minutes of cooking.

How Do You Cut Cauliflower Into Steaks? Cut the cauliflower head into four or five wedges. The wedges should then be divided into bite-sized pieces and sliced into even 1/2′′ thick steaks. As they roast, the flat sides caramelize against the oven sheet, deepening the taste. Additionally, it produces pieces that are evenly roasted.

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