Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower


Cauliflower is one of those vegetables that I have found it hard to get my husband and kids to eat. We call broccoli in our house “little trees” so my kids think its hilarious to eat a tree. We love edamame, carrots are a given seasoned with a mix of brown sugar and spices but cauliflower? I mean what can you really say about cauliflower to make it appealing?


Have no fear! I have the perfect solution. Any mom or wife knows that when you are trying to disguise a particular food as “yummy” one of the go-to methods is to cover it something “yummy”. Hence my spicy whole roasted cauliflower. You take the entire head of cauliflower and coat in with the most delectable, intoxicatingly, delicious mixture of greek yogurt, lime juice, mustard and a handful of spices, of which cumin is included. Cumin goes a long way to help turn the ordinary into extraordinary. The spices for this dish resemble those usually found in Indian cuisine but if you aren’t into cumin and curry (you know what I am going to say- Don’t You!) then by all means substitute each spice with one of your favorites. You can go the Mexican route, All American route, or Cajun route. The possibilities are endless. I hope you enjoy this dish a much as we did and it is a wonderful way to get the family to eat CAULIFLOWER!


Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1½ TBSP Saucy Mama Cracked Black Pepper Marinade
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° and lightly grease a small baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.
  2. 2. Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.
  3. 3. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the lime zest and juice, black pepper marinade, chile powder, cumin, garlic powder, curry powder, salt and pepper.
  4. 4. Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface. (Excess marinade can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days and used with meat, fish or other veggies.)
  5. 5. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the surface is dry and lightly browned, 30 to 40 minutes. The marinade will make a crust on the surface of the cauliflower.
  6. 6. Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges
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  1. Erica

    How yummy! Love how its low maintenance (i.e. you don’t need to break it apart before baking). Kay still loves little trees and flowers…hopefully it will stay that way 😉

  2. Angie (@angiesrecipess)

    Cauliflower is a top favorite. I love the spices you used here…must be very flavourful!

  3. Bonnie Hunter

    Would you believe am just home from the grocery store with a head of cauliflower? This recipe looks delicious! I answered your question re dried mushrooms on my post as I thought others might be interested as well.


  4. Liz

    Wow, I roast cauliflower all the time, but never thought of roasting a whole head! Genius idea!!!

  5. Sues

    What a great idea! My husband doesn’t like cauliflower either and I’d love to change that. I have a roasted cauliflower soup on my to-make list, but might need to try this, too!

  6. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    I really like all of the spices you’ve used, it will certainly pep up cauliflower’s flavor. Passing this along to my BIL who is diabetic and eats a lot of cauliflower. He will thank you for a very creative recipe. Perhaps I’ll have him over for dinner and surprise him.

  7. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    We have roasted cauliflower a lot but never thought about roasting it whole . I am excited to try this and use these spices. Sounds so delicious!

  8. Asmita

    Amazing! Really Need to make this soon. looks fabulous!

  9. Emma

    Oh my gosh, I would never have thought to do this… it sounds simply marvelous. Thanks for sharing!!

  10. 2 Sisters Recipes

    Yum! We love cauliflower, and this is an easy recipe. My family would love this, your kids are so adorable to them trees!

  11. nancy at good food matters

    I love cauliflower. It’s the new kale, right? 🙂 I’ve roasted it many ways (even made “Buffalo-style” florets) but haven’t tried your spicy yogurt version, which I know will be terrific.

  12. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    This is absolutely fascinating! I can’t wait to try it because we already love oven roasted cauliflower. Great one!

  13. Eva Taylor

    What a great combo of spices Jessica, I adore roasted cauliflower and roasting it whole is even better! I would leave the spices as is, this household adores Cumin. I often eat cauliflower raw because it’s great to snack on, kind of like popcorn!

  14. Joanne

    Thankfully the.boy kind of likes cauliflower otherwise I don’t know what I’d do! But I’m always happy to find new ways to eat it! This looks great!

  15. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    My husband and I both love cauliflower….I can’t wait to try your version.

  16. kitchen flavours

    We love cauliflower! And this is a wonderful way of cooking it.
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I love roasted cauliflower but a whole head of cauliflower? That’s perfect for a busy day! Love the spices you used! My mom makes cauliflower with cumin too, I can imagine this taste!

  18. Geni

    This sounds really yummy and looks so toasty and tantalizing.

  19. Amy (Savory Moments)

    I love cauliflower (it’s one of my favorite vegetables), but I’ve never roasted it whole before! What an impressive presentation it makes.

  20. LaCuisineHelene

    My son loves roasted cauliflower, he can get never enough of it. Looks really good 🙂

  21. Melynda@OurSundayCafe

    I am always looking for ways to cook a head of cauliflower, this sounds great. I think it is an under appreciated vegetable.

  22. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    We don’t eat a lot of cauliflower but I know I’d really enjoy this. I’m going to try it this weekend.

  23. Kristy

    My kids and I love spicy roasted cauliflower. I typically break it into pieces, so this is a new twist. I’m definitely going to have to give it a shot this way. Always so clever Jessica!

  24. El bocado de la huerta

    Adoro la coliflor, la tuya especiada genial!!
    Un saludito

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