Roasted Curried Cauliflower

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

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Cauliflower 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 the cauliflower including purple, green, yellow and of course white.

Cauliflower Varieties - The Lemon Bowl

We 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 ’80s 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.

The 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.  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.

Curried Cauliflower with Coconut Oil

Roasted Curried Cauliflower

4.37 stars average
Cauliflower has never tasted so good! Your family will love this fragrant and addictive Curried Roasted Cauliflower with Coconut Oil.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes


  • 1 head cauliflower – stem 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)


  • Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil with spices (curry powder through cayenne.)
  • Add cauliflower to the bowl and toss with coconut oil and spices until florets are evenly coated.
  • Spread cauliflower in an even layer on a large baking sheet and roast until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve with freshly minced cilantro.

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Calories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 12.6gProtein: 4.3gFat: 7.6gSaturated Fat: 6.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5.5gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 625mgFiber: 5.9gSugar: 4.9g
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39 responses to “Roasted Curried Cauliflower”

  1. Danielle Avatar

    This was really good. The second time i made this i added parboiled baby yellow potatoes. So good!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Love that idea! So glad you enjoyed!

  2. sandrine Avatar

    It was an amazing dish, I did not read the comments before making it but just because I cook a lot I thought that I could add more coconut oil and also the teaspoon of salt seemed too much
    I used paprika instead of curcuma and it was fabulous served with a raita, yum thank you for this recipe. I Wil visit your website a bit more

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That sounds so good! Thank you!!

  3. irene Avatar

    I made this as a side for Lamb Rogan Gosh but this cauliflower dish became the star of the show! My bf and I loved it. Simply amazing. It’s going to be one of my go-to recipes for cauliflower.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I’m so happy to hear that!! Thank you so much for letting me know!!

  4. Lesley H Avatar
    Lesley H

    Thanks! Had this tonight and it was delish!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad you liked this Lesley!

  5. Mc Avatar

    Totally disgusting, too much of everything and ruined my dinnet. Yecch.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh no! I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy this dish. It’s one of my family’s favorites.

  6. Pierre Avatar

    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.

    1. Debbie Braak Avatar
      Debbie Braak

      Agree on the salt. I think I would have liked this, unfortunately, this amount of salt ruined it for me. I will try again with at least half the salt.

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        I hope you find a salt level you enjoy!

  7. cindy Avatar

    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

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So funny I’m eating roasted cauliflower right now too!!! It’s the best right? :)

  8. Joyce Avatar

    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!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      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!

  9. Joanne Avatar

    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!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      haha we watched the video a million times too!!! xoxox