Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Molly Watson

  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
91 Calories
6g Fat
8g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 91
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 3g
Calcium 35mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A few spices (okay, a fair number of spices!) and just a bit of sugar turn a head of cauliflower into a caramelized, spicy treat. Serve this as a side dish or simply as a stunning appetizer—the spice is lovely alongside your cocktail of choice. It's also a lovely addition to a mix of roasted vegetables as part of a large feast, buffet, or potluck offering.

Hot and sweet paprika adds spice, but also a deep earthiness. Cayenne adds a sharper heat for those who like it, turmeric brings its brilliant golden color and rich flavor, and cinnamon adds a touch of warm sweetness. If you only have sweet or regular paprika, you can use that in place of the hot paprika. Then you can add a touch more cayenne if you like things spicy.


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather ingredients. Pre-heat an oven to 450 F.

  2. While the oven heats, cut out the core of the cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower florets into bite-size pieces. Cutting up and into the stem to divide the florets into longer, more elegant bite-sized pieces. You can discard the core, or cut it into sticks or small cubes and cook them up with the florets and minimize waste.

  3. In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the butter.

  4. Remove from heat and mix in the sugar, salt, pepper, hot paprika, sweet paprika, cayenne (if using), turmeric, and cinnamon. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.

  5. Add the cut-up cauliflower and toss to coat the cauliflower as evenly as possible with the spicy butter.

  6. Lay the cauliflower pieces in a single layer in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet. Cook in the oven until browned, sizzling, and tender with crispy bits forming on the edges—approximately 25 minutes-- stirring at the halfway point to evenly cook.


  • Serve the roasted cauliflower hot or warm.
  • The cauliflower is delicious all on its own, but if you want to add another element, plain yogurt makes a tasty dip or topping to drizzle. Jazz up the yogurt by mixing a clove of minced garlic and a bit of ground cumin or freshly minced mint leaves with the yogurt.