Finally! A simple recipe for roasted curried cauliflower so delicious, that it will become your go-to side dish!
The oven transforms basic cauliflower florets into a spiced and deliciously caramelized veggie. The days of eating plain, steamed cauliflower are over my friend!
Roasting cauliflower gives this staple vegetable an upgrade and adding curry will transform it into an epic curried cauliflower side dish.
The oven gives it the flavor you can’t get from steaming while the curry powder coats each floret with warm, sweet notes.
Curry is one of those recipes that once you learn how to use it to complement your favorite foods, you won’t be able to stop yourself from finding ways to use it -including with cauliflower.
Yes, roasted cauliflower is great all by itself, but if you’re feeling snacky, I highly recommend serving it with a dollop of your favorite Indian chutney or hummus.
Curry Roasted Cauliflower Ingredients
As much flavor as curry roasted cauliflower packs the ingredients are very simple and minimal. You’ll need just a few items from the fridge and pantry:
- olive oil: helps coat the florets with the seasonings.
- yellow curry powder: use your favorite curry powder blend.
- lemon juice: adds brightness and delicious contrast to the rich curry spices. Don’t have a fresh lemon? Omit it and proceed with the recipe.
- salt & black pepper: enhances the roasted flavors.
- cauliflower florets: cut an entire head of cauliflower into florets or use a bag of pre-chopped florets.
How to Roast Curried Cauliflower
Follow the directions below and you’ll have a batch of golden roasted cauliflower in less than 30 minutes!
Preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to cut the cauliflower into even-sized pieces.
In a large bowl, whisk the olive oil, curry powder, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper to form a paste. Add the cauliflower pieces and toss to coat with the seasonings.
Place the cauliflower onto the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes until the cauliflower is golden and tender. Remove from the oven and serve.
If you’re making this with a head of fresh cauliflower, be sure to check out the video on how to cut an entire head of cauliflower into florets. I’ll show you how to minimize waste and make them perfectly sized for easy cooking.
Avoiding Mushy Roasted Cauliflower
The secret to avoiding mushy roasted cauliflower is to space the florets evenly onto the baking sheet. Crowding and cramming the florets together will create steam as they roast and give them a mushier texture compared to the oven-roasted glow and crisp edges.
What Goes Well with Curried Cauliflower
Curried cauliflower adds delicious warm flavors and volume to all sorts of dinners and lunches. Some of my favorite ways to serve it include:
- Juicy Baked Chicken Pieces: a cozy chicken dish to go with a cozy roasted veggie.
- Breakfast Salad: tender cauliflower with roasted sweet potatoes, crisp greens, avocado, and a fried egg on top sounds YUM!
- Garlic Butter Salmon Bowls: swap out the broccoli for curried cauliflower.
- Winter Salads: the flavors of roasted curry spices and the salad’s orange vinaigrette tastes great together.
- Roasted Curried Cauliflower Tacos: tender cauliflower in a warm tortilla with pineapple salsa.