Curried Cauliflower


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This curry roasted cauliflower needs just 4 ingredients to make and makes a fabulous side dish! Ready in just 20 minutes, it’s crispy, crunchy, and SO delicious! 

curry cauliflower.

There is a reason why cauliflower is considered the king of vegetables.

It is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile vegetables. You can literally do anything and everything with it.

Some of the more creative ways to use it include using it to make a pizza crust, use it to make tortillas, or even as a substitute for mashed potatoes

While all delicious, sometimes the more simple of recipes are the best. This is why I have a soft spot for this curried cauliflower. 

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Just 4 ingredients. Cauliflower, oil, and spices.
  • The best texture. Crispy and golden brown on the outside, soft and delicious in the middle. 
  • Diet friendly. It’s low in carbs and perfect if you follow a vegan and gluten-free diet. 

What I love about this cauliflower dish is just how flavorful it is. Adding a dash of curry to the seasoning completely transforms it. It tastes so good, you could polish off the entire batch on your own! 

Ingredients needed

This recipe is very simple and besides cauliflower and a few spices, there isn’t much else that goes into this dish. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Cauliflower– Chopped into florets.
  • Olive oil– While any oil works, the olive variety lends a much better flavor to the curry mix. This gives the cauliflower a lovely crispy exterior. 
  • Curry powder– Use your favorite spice mix or try making your own. 
  • Salt and pepper– to taste. 

How to make curried cauliflower

Start by adding the cauliflower to a bowl. Add the olive oil, curry powder, and seasonings and mix very well, until all the cauliflower is well coated. 

Next, transfer the cauliflower onto a lined baking sheet or dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Now, remove the curry cauliflower from the pan and serve immediately. 

how to make curried cauliflower.

Can I make this in the air fryer? 

If you’d like to make air fryer cauliflower, follow the instructions below-

Step 1– Preheat the air fryer to 200C/400F. Prepare the cauliflower as instructed.

Step 2- Add it to the air fryer basket in a single layer. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, shaking halfway through.

Tips to make the best recipe

  • If your florets are on the larger side, be sure to flip them regularly. 
  • While you CAN make this oil-free, even adding a smidge of oil can take this dish up a notch. 
  • Oven makes and models differ. If your cauliflower isn’t golden brown around the edges, keep it in there longer! 

Ways to use roasted cauliflower

While delicious on its own (it’s a fabulous side dish!), this cauliflower is super versatile and can be used in a plethora of ways. Here are some suggestions- 

  • Cauliflower curry. Add it to a chicken curry or make a curry from scratch and add the roasted cauliflower to it. 
  • Add it to fried rice. Finely chop the curried cauliflower and toss it through curry fried rice or even cauliflower rice
  • Make cauliflower soup. Pulse the roasted cauliflower until smooth and use it as a base to make curry cauliflower soup. 
  • Add chickpeas. Toss a can of drained chickpeas into the cauliflower before roasting it. 
  • Add potatoes. Like the chickpeas, add 2-3 diced potatoes and increase the cooking time by 5 minutes. 

Storage instructions

  • To store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days. 
  • To freeze: Place the cooked and cooled cauliflower in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to six months. 
  • Reheating: Either microwave the cauliflower or reheat it in the oven until crispy. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my roasted cauliflower mushy?

Avoid overcrowding the baking dish and leave some room between each floret so they can cook evenly and completely. This guarantees the cauliflower is always crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Is this recipe keto-friendly?

Cauliflower is a fantastic keto vegetable as it has very few net carbs. Adding curry powder and simple seasonings make no impact, making this dish suitable for those on a low-carb diet.

How do you cut cauliflower for roasting?

To cut the cauliflower for roasting, slice it in half. From there, cut each floret off piece by piece. For those larger pieces, you can cut those in half.

Cutting the vegetable this way ensures the florets remain intact.

curry cauliflower recipe.

Curried Cauliflower | Crispy, Healthy, And Perfectly Roasted

5 from 63 votes
This curry roasted cauliflower needs just 4 ingredients to make and makes a fabulous side dish! Ready in just 20 minutes, it's crispy, crunchy, and SO delicious! 
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 16 minutes


  • 1 large cauliflower chopped into bite sized florets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the cauliflower and toss through all the spices. Add the olive oil and using your hands, mix well to ensure all florets are coated with the spices and the oil.
  • Add the cauliflower on an even layer on the baking tray and cook for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately.


TO STORE: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days. 
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled cauliflower in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to six months. 
TO REHEAT: Either microwave the cauliflower or reheat in the oven until crispy.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSodium: 645mgPotassium: 655mgFiber: 5gVitamin A: 16IUVitamin C: 101mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 6g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I totally love their roasted cauliflower! Definitely my fave from there- well that and the Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and sweet potatoes….Sometimes though they make a different version of their usual and I don’t like it. Not sure what the flavors are in order to say what it is I don’t like.

  2. I eat cauliflower nearly every day! I love it, and this recipe looks amazing. I have to say that my favorite roasted vegetable at the moment is brussel sprouts.

  3. Cauliflower is one of those veggies that I ONLY like when roasted! I have roasted it with curry powder before, it is SO good! My favourite combination I’d say.
    You know my veggie addicition…everything roasted is amazing 🙂 right now I’m impatiently waiting for my brussel’s sprouts to be done!! HUNGRY!

  4. Ok, you’ve convinced me. I need to eat more cauliflower. I don’t have anything against it, but it just never jumps out at me. But after seeing this curried version, I totally need to try this recipe…and soon! They just opened a Whole Foods in our area, too…so stoked about that! I also like that you used the word besotted. You deserve a cookie for that…or maybe just more cauliflower. 🙂

    1. Haha, hasn’t Mike’s blog converted you to appreciate this cruciferous goodness! Ugh, I need to move there. I am besotted by America. America, you besot me.

  5. Cauliflower with Indian spices is one of the only ways I love that broccoli wannabe. So thank you for this!! Although, you’re right— besotted by cauliflower? Who are you?
    I don’t go to Whole Foods often, but now I want to go just to see what my favorite hot bar item is. Watch it be the mac and cheese or something.

    1. Broccoli wannabe? Dude, this TRUMPS broccoli!

      Oh man, I LOVE their mac and cheese- Christina and I loved it in Toronto!

      1. 5 stars
        This is delicious, I love the flavor the curry adds to the cauliflower. I have made this several times and will make it again this week. Winner for dinner!

  6. Looks good! I like a lot of different roasted veggie combos but cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are faves of mine.

  7. There’s a recipe in Thug Kitchen for beer-braised cauli tacos. YOU SHOULD TRY IT.

    Have you picked up that cookbook yet? It’s a good one. I wish you & I were married. You’d make such a great wife.

  8. CUMIN!!
    I’d never have thought. I can’t wait to try.

    I would LOVE a copycat of their Buffalo Garlic Tofu – it’s my fave and I can’t duplicate it for the life of me.

  9. Oh I so agree with you about the hot bar at Toronto’s Whole Foods! I’ve been when they have good stuff but usually I’m a little underwhelmed… Luckily there’s a juice bar just down the road in case I don’t like what I find there. This cauliflower sounds delish, I know exactly which one you’re talking about! Very tasty indeed. Happy you got to recreate it at home!

  10. I love cauliflower– pinning so I can try this later!

    I went to graduate school a couple blocks away from a Whole Foods– boy did that double the cost of my expenses 🙂 At least I was happy and well fed!

  11. Big fan of roasted cauliflower, especially with curry powder. Cauliflower is one of those foods which are hard to photograph pretty but you nailed it! Have you tried the mac & cheese at Whole Foods- to.die.for!