Curried Roasted Cauliflower with Coconut Oil

Cauliflower has never tasted so good! Your family will love this fragrant and addictive Curried Roasted Cauliflower with Coconut Oil.

Curried Roasted Cauliflower with Coconut Oil - The Lemon BowlCauliflower season has arrived and as usual, I find myself unable to resist the nutritional powerhouse whenever I pass it at my farmers market! This time of year we often see endless varieties and colors of of the cauliflower including purple, green, yellow and of course white.

Cauliflower Varieties - The Lemon BowlWe ate roasted cauliflower all the time growing up, often as an alternative to roasted potatoes or French fries. My mom would dry roast them without any fat or oil and they would caramelize and turn sweet in the hot oven. Admittedly, we would dip them in ketchup. Hey, it was the 80’s after all.

Now that the 80’s are long gone and the fat free craze has gone to the wayside, I’m here to say that fat is our friend. In fact, you need fat to absorb all of the vitamins and nutrients found in vegetables. Instead of the usual olive oil or sesame oil, this time I decided to toss the cauliflower in melted coconut oil and some of my favorite Indian spices before tossing them in a 450 degree oven.

Curried Cauliflower with Coconut Oil by The Lemon BowlThe end result was out of this world good. I’ve never seen my husband eat cauliflower before with so much enthusiasm. My 2 year old loved it so much he was clearing our plates once he finished his own.

Picky Eater PSA: If you think you have picky eaters, I urge you to try preparing vegetables with a bit more thought than simply throwing them in the steamer basket. Case in point: the video above shows my 8 month old’s reaction to his first bite of Lebanese Stuffed Kousa packed with garlic in a tomato mint broth. Don’t be afraid of spices like curry, cumin, garlic, cinnamon and more.

When in doubt, you’ll always get more flavor from grilling, roasting or broiling than steaming or boiling.

Your fork is waiting.

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Curried Roasted Cauliflower with Coconut Oil
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Cauliflower has never tasted so good! Your family will love this fragrant and addictive Curried Roasted Cauliflower with Coconut Oil.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
  • 1 head cauliflower - step removed, cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil - melted
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • fresh cilantro - garnish
  1. Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil with spices (curry powder through cayenne.)
  3. Add cauliflower to the bowl and toss with coconut oil and spices until florets are evenly coated.
  4. Spread cauliflower in an even layer on a large baking sheet and roast until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve with freshly minced cilantro.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1½ cups Calories: 121 Fat: 7.6 g Saturated fat: 6.1 g Unsaturated fat: 5.5 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 12.6 g Sugar: 4.9 g Sodium: 625 mg Fiber: 5.9 g Protein: 4.3 g Cholesterol: 0 mg



  1. says

    Confession-My kids aren’t cauliflower eaters (neither was I as a kid), but that just means more of this yummy roasted cauliflower for hubby and myself! Classic video-love it!!!

  2. Joyce says

    I have had a huge head of cauliflower sitting in our frig for too long and just did not know what to do with it. We love, love curry and roasting anything in the oven so this is the perfect answer. Can’t wait to try it. Also love to use coconut oil….so healthy. Thanks.

  3. Susan says

    wow, Liz! This just sounds incredible. I have been using coconut oil a lot recently, and I love what it does for flavors. This evening I did caramelized onions in a little coconut oil, and that added a really intriguing hint of flavor to them. I think I would probably use garam masala in place of the curry powder (personal taste), although I could also see trying curry in the future. I just wish we had any of the interesting cauliflower available here.

  4. says

    I cannot even tell you how many times the.boy and i have watched that video!! Crazy adorable.

    Also, how did you know about my roasted cauliflower obsession?! Love the curry rub!

  5. Joyce says

    Sadly we had some health issues with both my Hubby and me and just when I was getting ready to make this wonderful recipe. Sadly I lost my cauliflower but alas, we shall buy another one and do this yet! It seems as if everything that could hit us, came on fast! And we had our 37th wedding anniversary too and Hubs insisted we go out for that special dinner. Still looking forward to making this and now I have a good reason to buy another one. Did feel guilty when I had to throw it away…….
    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and hard work you put into getting this to us who wait to read each blog you send us!

    • says

      Oh Joyce I’m so sorry to hear. I hope your husband is feeling better. With two little ones at home, I have definitely had to throw out food from time to time that gets left on the stove too long. Hang in there and please make this again – it was one of my husband’s favorites this whole summer!

  6. cindy says

    I made this with 3 tbsp coconut oil and 1/2 tbsp turmeric and ate a whole head of cauliflower myself. THen I made it with 4 heads of cauliflower for 2 office parties and everyone loved it! Right now I am roasting more for myself

  7. Pierre says

    I liked it, except I would increase the coconut oil to 3T and cut the salt in half. It might be a little more juicy that way.


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