Roasted Curried Cauliflower


Years ago, the way most people I knew prepared cauliflower was to steam it or boil it, and serve it with a little butter. Then came the discovery of the magic that happens when you roast cauliflower.

That simple, plain, sometimes soggy (if boiled) white vegetable that we ate because we were supposed to, now became something crunchy and nutty and crazy good that we fought over to finish.

The only thing better than roasted cauliflower? Curry roasted cauliflower. Cauliflower with curry is one of those magical pairings, a classic in Indian cuisine, and for a good reason. The combo tastes fantastic.

It’s easy to make. Toss florets with olive oil mixed with curry spices and lemon juice, spread them out in a large sheet pan, and roast in a hot oven until happily browned.

In this recipe we are using regular yellow curry powder, and supplementing it with a little ground cinnamon. And we are adding garlic and sliced onions to the mix. The onions especially add a sweet balance to the curry and cauliflower.

Roasted Curried Cauliflower Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6

If you don't have yellow curry powder, you can substitute with a mix of ground cumin, ground turmeric, ground ginger, and ground coriander. The turmeric is what gives yellow curry powder its yellow color. Watch out, it stains!


  • 1 large (or 2 small) head(s) cauliflower, cored, broken into large-ish florets, florets sliced into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 onion, peeled, thickly sliced, root to tip
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


1 Preheat oven, line baking pan with foil: Pre-heat oven to 425°F (220°C) with a rack on the top third of the oven. Line a large rimmed baking with foil.

2 Whisk together garlic, lemon juice, oil, curry, cinnamon, salt: Put the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, curry powder, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Whisk vigorously until well combined.

3 Coat floret slices with curry mixture:  Add the cauliflower and onion slices to the bowl with the curry and toss to coat. Spread the cauliflower and onion slices on the baking sheet in a single layer.

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4 Roast in oven: Roast in oven at 425°F (220°C) for 25 to 30 minutes until well browned. Check halfway through the cooking, and rotate the pan for more even cooking.

Serve immediately or at room temperature.

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  • Sue Smith

    I had pinned this dish a while back and decided to make it last night. Found it and had not remembered it was from your wonderful blog. Anyway….just want to tell you that it is Delicious!! I never want to cook cauliflower any other way now. The two of us didn’t eat it all, so I am going to try making soup from the rest of it.

  • Desiree

    Thank you for this recipe! Even my husband ate it and he doesn’t really care for cauliflower.

  • Ellen Bailey

    Would this recipe work using frozen cauliflower?

    Thanks, Ellen

  • Jen

    I loved this dish, I wanted to make it a main dish with a little protein so I added a can of garbanzo beans halfway through the cooking and served it over cous cous – perfect – thanks as always Elise!

  • Karl Lembke

    I’ve had (and cooked) curried cauliflower, as part of aloo gobi. Sautee onion, tomato, tumeric, garam masala, cumin , and as much jalapeno pepper as you like until the onions are golden. Add chopped potato and cauliflower, stir to coat, cover, and steam until tender. Before serving, sprinkle cilantro on top.
    If you add peas to it, it becomes aloo gobi mattar.
    I think I’m going to try roasting the cauliflower before mixing in the potatoes.

    And frankly, why not throw in other vegetables and roast them?

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