Tasty comfort food doesn't always call for carb-heavy, health-averse ingredients. In fact, sometimes the best comfort foods come in the form of veggies. Enter roasted cauliflower. Slightly crispy in texture and endlessly versatile, the best roasted cauliflower recipes will leave you feeling fully satisfied every time. And this produce offers perks that extend far beyond its ability to hit the spot. Aside from being grain-free and low-cal, one cup of cauliflower alone has 73% daily value of vitamin C, 11% DV of fiber, and 9% DV of omega-3 fatty acids, among other important vitamins and minerals.
So to reap the benefits that this foodie-favorite and picky kid–friendly cruciferous vegetable has to offer, we rounded up all the 10 best roasted cauliflower recipes. Allow these yummy and nutritious recipes to guide the way to an impressive side dish, indulgent appetizer, wholesome main course, or even a quick and easy lunch.
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Introducing your new favorite appetizer, side dish, and game-day snack: buffalo roasted cauliflower with blue cheese dip from Salt and Wind. It only requires about 10 minutes of your hands-on time, plus 20 minutes to roast. Just add your favorite beer and turn on ESPN.
Garlic Cauliflower Pasta
Whether you're trying to cut back on meat, you need to use all your extra cauliflower before it goes bad, or you're simply craving something filling and delicious, this garlic cauliflower pasta recipe from The First Mess will not let you down. It's the perfect recipe for a busy weeknight or weekday lunch option, and it also happens to be gluten-free and vegan.
Shawarma Cauliflower Steak
Who says that cauliflower is only good enough to be a side dish? This shawarma roasted cauliflower steak recipe from Minimalist Baker will convince you to put it under the main spotlight. It's smoky, crispy, tender, and citrusy all at once.
Sweet and Sticky Cauliflower Florets
Brought to us by Playful Cooking, this recipe is a serious crowd-pleaser. The crispy cauliflower florets are doused with a sticky sweet sauce for a unique yet palatable dish. Put it over a bed of grains or enjoy it as a side dish alongside your protein main.
Southwestern Cauliflower Flatbread
Give your Southwestern cauliflower a heartier base with this roasted buffalo cauliflower flatbread recipe from How Sweet Eats. It's the ideal shared plate for a cocktail party or family-style meal.
Kung Pao Cauliflower
For all the flavor of Kung Pao chicken minus the poultry, try this recipe from Pickled Plum. It's super smoky and flavorful, but it's a lot lower in fat and calories thanks to the cauliflower base. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will come back for seconds.
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
Prefer your cauliflower in liquid form? Try this immune-boosting adaptogenic roasted cauliflower soup from Wu House. Aside from being sinfully delicious and unexpectedly healthy, it's also highly photogenic. Just sprinkle on some black sesame seeds, purple radishes, shallots, and turmeric for a similar visual effect.
Warm Cauliflower Salad
Complete with cauliflower, pomegranate seeds, and nutty undertones, this is the perfect winter recipe. Make this roasted cauliflower salad recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen if you want a filling, warm salad that won't leave you hangry, and don't forget to make the eggplant hummus and walnut dukkah.
Cauliflower Halloumi Taos
These halloumi and roasted cauliflower tacos are a vegetarian dream dish. Brought to us by Half Baked Harvest, this delicious recipe is worth a save for special occasions, whether that means entertaining guests or whipping up something comforting after a long day.
Cauliflower Orzo Stuffing
This roasted cauliflower orzo salad recipe from Gimme Some Oven will allow you to eat a healthier version of your favorite Thanksgiving stuffing year-round. Complete with peppery arugula, perfectly salty olives, diced red onions, toasted pine nuts, crumbled feta, and lemon vinaigrette, this recipe features the perfect balance of flavors.
Popcorn Cauliflower With Blue Cheese
Spicy, cheesy, crispy… What else could we ask for in a veggie-based dish? This roasted cauliflower recipe from Half Baked Harvest is simply delicious. Even better, she includes a corresponding recipe for homemade tahini ranch, making all your dipping dreams come true in one bite.
For more veggie-based dishes, check out these delicious brussels sprout recipes.