baked cauliflower

Baked cauliflower recipe with step by step photos – this is a quick and easy recipe of baked cauliflower. A vegan dish.

Baked cauliflower is one dish that you can make when you are hungry and want something quick. It also good as a brunch or a light snack to go with any herb or cheesy dip.

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baked cauliflower

It can also be served with any Indian chutney like mint chutney or coconut chutney and also can go well with plain curd or any raita. Can also be served as a starter. As a variation, the same recipe can also be made with mix veggies like cabbage, carrots and beans and even broccoli.

Baked cauliflower is healthy and light. Plus its a vegan recipe. Also as the cauliflower is baked, it has a crunch and a bite to it. It is not soft like the way it is often made in the Indian cauliflower sabzis.

To make the cooking go faster, it is better to blanch or half cook the cauliflower in a pan. I preferred to blanch the cauliflower.

How to make baked cauliflower

1. Chop the cauliflower into florets. Rinse them in running water a few times and then blanch them in hot water for 5-7 minutes.

cauliflower florets for baked cauliflower recipe

2. In a bowl or in a baking tray drizzle some olive oil. Add herbes de provence, black pepper, paprika and black salt. If herbes de provence is not available, you can add your own choice of dry herbs.

herbs for baked cauliflower recipe

3. Mix the herbs and spices and salt.

herbs for baked cauliflower recipe

4. Add the blanched cauliflower to this mixture.

blanched cauliflower for baked cauliflower recipe

5. And gently toss so that the olive oil -herbs- spice mix coats the florets well.

cauliflower florets mixture for baked cauliflower recipe

6. Bake for 30-35 minutes on 180 or 190 degree celsius. When you see some dark brown spots on the cauliflower florets, it means the cauliflower is done.

baked cauliflower recipe

7. Garnish with some chopped basil or any herb you like.

baked cauliflower recipe

8. Serve baked cauliflower with any dip you like. I served it with hummus and pesto. And the baked cauliflower was great with both of them.

baked cauliflower recipe
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Baked Cauliflower

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A quick and easy recipe of baked cauliflower. Good as a brunch or a light snack to go with any herb or cheesy dip.
Baked Cauliflower
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Course:side dish
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


  • 1 large cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 2-3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika or red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de provence
  • salt or black salt as required


  • Blanch the cauliflower for 5-7 minutes in hot water.
  • Mix the olive oil, herbs, all the spice powders and salt together.
  • Add the cauliflower florets to this mixture and gently toss so that the mixture evenly coats all the cauliflower florets.
  • Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes for 180 or 190 degree celsius.
  • Garnish with basil leaves and serve hot or warm with a veggie or cheesy dip. You can also serve baked cauliflower with any indian chutney or just plain curd or raita.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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9 comments/reviews

  1. Yum!! I made some roasted cauliflower tonight, but mine was kind of boring, just garlic and black pepper. I need to try this next time!

  2. liked it. must try.

  3. Is this platter clay? Where did you source it from? Thanks!

    • hey shri, this is a stone tray from manipur used for cooking and serving. works even in oven and microwave. these stone pots are on the expensive side and have to be handled carefully. if they fall, they break.

      got it from a north east exhibition. they have a lot of variety of pots, pans and even stone bowls, mugs and glasses. awesome and excellent stuff. even look great in food photography. best part is you can use it on fire, baking oven, grill and microwave oven.

      if you are interested, you can contact she is the entrepreneur of longpi stone pottery which sell these amazing stuff.

  4. Hi Dassana,
    Wonderful website and awesome recipes. I love your Chat collection. Keep good recipes coming. Chitra

  5. amazing I will try them surely

    • do try and let me know.

  6. Dassana in absence of an oven can we bake it in a microwave, will i get this same crispyness??



    • dear neela.

      you won’t get the same crispiness in a microwave oven. in the microwave, the cauliflower will get cooked, but there will not be any browning. if are ok with no browning, then you can cook the cauliflower in the microwave. if they become or look dry while getting cooked, brush some olive oil on them. you can try and let me know.

      you can also grill the cauliflower florets. if you have an electric grill or if you have a grill pan which can be used on a gas stove, you can grill the cauliflower in it.