The BEST oven-roasted cauliflower and it’s so easy. The flavor and texture are perfect with just some simple seasoning, oil, and butter.

Roasted caulilfower florets on a baking sheet topped with fresh chopped greens.

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Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

This baked cauliflower recipe is a go-to side dish like Corn on the Cob and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. It’s a dish you’ll make over and over.

This oven-roasted cauliflower is easy and excellent. The combination of butter and olive oil caramelizes the florets and they are baked to crisp-tender perfection. The best thing about this recipe is that you can customize the seasoning with what you have on hand with great results.

The Best Seasoning for Cauliflower

Cauliflower goes well with just about any seasoning. Even a simple salt and pepper seasoning works well. These are the seasonings we love most:

  • Salt – we love fine sea salt
  • Black Pepper – freshly cracked
  • Garlic Powder – or try garlic salt
  • Paprika – adds color and flavor (a little goes a long way)

Can I add cheese? we love to add cheese to cauliflower. Sprinkle cauliflower with 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese in the last 5 minutes of cooking for a parmesan roasted cauliflower.

Sliced cauliflower steaks roasted in butter and seasoning on a baking sheet.

How to Roast Cauliflower

This roasted cauliflower recipe is so easy to make and uses ingredients you most likely already have on hand

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easier cleanup. 
  2. Slice the cauliflower into traditional florets or into flat cauliflower steaks.
  3. Seasoning- Add the cauliflower to the center of your baking sheet, drizzle with oil and butter, and toss to coat. Season the cauliflower and toss again then spread into a single layer.
  4. Bake cauliflower for 15-20 minutes, or until desired tenderness and golden at the edges. The baking time may vary depending on the size of your pieces.
Cauliflower florets on a baking sheet with a glass bowl of oil and another bowl of seasoning.

How to Slice Cauliflower into Steaks: Slice the cauliflower head into 4-5 wedges. Then, cut the wedges into even 1/2″ thick steaks and break them apart into bite-sized pieces. As they are roasted, the flat sides caramelize against the baking sheet adding a depth of flavor. It also results in evenly browned pieces.

How Long to Bake Cauliflower?

The bake time for roasted cauliflower will depend on the size, thickness, and desired doneness of your pieces.

  • Smaller pieces – you only need about 15-20 minutes.
  • Larger florets – bake 20-25 minutes. Until the cauliflower is caramelized and golden.
Collage of how to season the cauliflower and how to roast the cauliflower florets.

Air Fryer Instructions:

Cooking cauliflower in an air fryer is quick and easy. When air frying, I skip the butter and just use 2-3 Tbsp olive oil. Air fry cauliflower at 375˚ for 10-15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes, until golden and tender.

Air Fryer cauliflower

Make-Ahead

  • Meal Prep – you can pre-chop your cauliflower a few days ahead, cover and refrigerate then add seasoning before roasting.
  • Refrigerate – once cooled to room temperature, you can cover and refrigerate leftover roasted cauliflower for up to 3 days.
  • Reheating – You can reheat the cauliflower on the stovetop, oven, or air fryer just until heated through.

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Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

5 from 751 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Roasted Cauliflower baked
The most delicious oven-roasted cauliflower recipe that will become your go-to side dish. Cauliflower florets drizzled in oil and butter and seasoned to perfection.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

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.
  • Slice the head of cauliflower into 1/2" thick steaks, breaking up wedges into even, bite-sized pieces.
  • Add the cauliflower to the center of the baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and melted butter and toss to combine.
  • In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, salt, paprika, and pepper for the seasoning. Sprinkle onto caulliflower and toss to evenly coat.
  • Spread the cauliflower evenly on the baking sheet and bake at 425˚F for 15-20 minutes, until cauliflower reaches desired crispiness.

Notes

Bake time will slightly vary depending on the size of your florets or slices.
You may substitute oil instead of butter if you don’t want to use any butter.

Nutrition Per Serving

100kcal Calories5g Carbs2g Protein9g Fat3g Saturated Fat1g Trans Fat10mg Cholesterol223mg Sodium294mg Potassium2g Fiber2g Sugar158IU Vitamin A46mg Vitamin C23mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
100
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
9
g
14
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Cholesterol
 
10
mg
3
%
Sodium
 
223
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
294
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
2
g
4
%
Vitamin A
 
158
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
46
mg
56
%
Calcium
 
23
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked cauliflower, roasted cauliflower
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 100

Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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Comments

  • Juliana Atkins
    March 3, 2024

    This was the best cauliflower I have ever had. This will be my new favorite way to cook cauliflower.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 3, 2024

      Wonderful! Thanks for your awesone feedback, Juliana.

      Reply

  • Lynn
    February 28, 2024

    I made this and cooked it longer than directed to make it look browned like in the picture. It was not very good. Kind of bland.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      February 29, 2024

      HI Lynn, there are several things that can affect browning when roasting vegetables – if the oven was fully preheated, distance to the heating element and not all ovens heat equally. You can broil them at the end to get a little more browning but be careful not to burn the cauliflower. Also, alot of the color comes from the paprika so you can add more of that to taste.

      Reply

  • Sherry
    February 24, 2024

    I make this recipe all the time. It is my go to for roasted cauliflower. Turns out beautifully every time.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 24, 2024

      I’m so glad you found a favorite on my blog, Sherry! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Vina
    February 23, 2024

    I made this for dinner tonight and everyone loves it!!! Even my daughter asked for more. Great recipe!! Thank you

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 23, 2024

      That’s great to hear, Vina!

      Reply

  • Tracey
    February 15, 2024

    Absolutely delicious!! I could easily have eaten a whole head of cauliflower made this way. Simple and quick recipe. This will be the last time cauliflower goes bad in my fridge! 🙂

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 15, 2024

      I’m so happy you loved the recipe, Tracey! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Karen D
    February 2, 2024

    This recipe is absolutely delicious! I didn’t have any paprika, so substituted turmeric for the color and it was still delicious! And so easy!! This is definitely my go to recipe for cauliflower. I may even buy cauliflower more often. 🙂

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 2, 2024

      So glad you loved it! Thanks for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Lin K.
    January 24, 2024

    I made this last night and ate almost the entire pan myself but forced myself to save a few for hubby! Quick and tasty. I used a bag of florets which I don’t recommend. I think cutting them into slabs as the recipe says is the right way. And don’t overcrowd the pan. They don’t stay hot long so be ready to serve immediately. So yummy!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 24, 2024

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us! I’m
      glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • R Bauer
    January 17, 2024

    Tasty.
    I’m doing WW, so I made the following adjustments.
    Toss in a bowl, so that the extra oil/butter are left behind.
    Transfer to paper towel, again so that excess oil/butter are left behind.
    I calculate (less than) 2pts per serving, assuming a medium cauliflower provides 4 servings.

    Reply

  • word
    January 4, 2024

    Delicious!

    In the pictures there are little green flakes, but nothing green in the recipe. What are those herbs?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 5, 2024

      We love to add garnish for presentation. Often times parsley but you can use any herb that you prefer.

      Reply

  • thomas
    December 14, 2023

    Hmm…. I tried this and found it a bit bland? Not really enough spices imo. Also took way longer than 25 minutes for me at 425.

    Reply

  • Maggie D
    December 5, 2023

    I made this recipe today, and it was awesome. I used regular butter so reduced the amount of salt by a little less than half. I first cut the cauliflower into 1/2″ slabs and then each slab into smaller pieces. Now I have all these cut sides. I put the butter and olive oil in a small bowl, covered it, put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. I then added the dry seasonings and whisked it all into a warm dressing. I put the cauliflower pieces into a gallon storage bag and poured the warm dressing over it. I gently moved the cauliflower pieces around until they were well coated. I sealed the bag, lay it flat on my counter and let it sit at room temperature for about 3.5 hours. When it was time to put it in the oven, I first put the bag in the microwave for 30 seconds to remelt any coagulated butter. I then emptied the bag onto parchment papered tray as directed and squeezed out any of the excess marinade over the tray. I roasted it for a solid 20 minutes. There were only 3 of us eating dinner and we were bemoaning the fact that I didn’t have 2 heads of cauliflower. We ate it all. Just want you to know this is the first recipe I have ever reviewed…I was that impressed!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 5, 2023

      It sounds like you’re going to double it up next time, Maggie! Thank you for sharing this with me!

      Reply

    • Genya
      January 15, 2024

      This looks like your own recipe, not Natasha’s with all you wrote and alot of wok to me!

      Reply

  • James
    December 3, 2023

    Your website is so hard to navigate. On you email promo you show a veg soup. I click on it to get the recipe and I’m taking to china (so to speak)

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 4, 2023

      Thank you for sharing your concerns and feedback, James. The only way we can continue providing free recipes is by having ads on our site so we are not able to remove those at this time. We find that most people would rather see the ads than pay to see the recipes. I appreciate your feedback and I hope you love every recipe you try.

      Reply

  • Andy
    November 10, 2023

    I made this in our convection oven and it turned out great. I used hot paprika.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 10, 2023

      That’s great, Andy!

      Reply

  • Deb
    October 22, 2023

    Made this today and loved it. Will be adding to our menu often.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 23, 2023

      Nice to know that, Deb!

      Reply

  • Teri D Gordon
    October 4, 2023

    Made this for the family, it was a hit! I added broccoli. My husband says this is the only way he will eat cauliflower in the future. Thank you

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 4, 2023

      That’s wonderful, Teri!

      Reply

  • Cindy
    September 22, 2023

    I made this recipe, I mixed all in a bowl and added a little more paprika and also cubed up a sweet potato. Turned out great

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 22, 2023

      That’s wonderful, Cindy!

      Reply

  • Sher
    September 21, 2023

    This is the best, tastiest, easiest roasted cauliflower recipe I have ever tried. I have made it several times, and there is never a crumble left. Delish!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 21, 2023

      Hi Sher! That’s awesome. So glad you enjoy this recipe.

      Reply

  • Rene
    September 18, 2023

    This was good will have to make this again. I added shredded cheese put in microwave for a minute or so. Really good

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 18, 2023

      I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, Rene.

      Reply

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