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Roasted Cauliflower aka Cauliflower Poppers

Don’t even think about boiling cauliflower!  Roasted Cauliflower is easy to make, and SO much more flavourful and delicious when prepared this way.

So let’s talk cauliflower.  Love it or hate it?  I’ve always loved cauliflower.  I remember having it as a kid with broccoli and cheese sauce…SO good.  But my family now for some reason decided they don’t like it.  So I never make it.  And I miss it.

But I’ve noticed that cauliflower is making a resurgence in the food world.  Roasted cauliflower in particular. So I wanted to try it and see if it lived up to all the amazing reviews.  And it does.  Oh my does it ever.  I had no idea that there was a better and more scrumptious way to eat cauliflower!

I pledge to never again ruin a piece of cauliflower by boiling it.  Ever.  I don’t think I’ve ever loved a vegetable more in my entire life.  True story. These are the bomb!

And even better news?  My husband loves them too. This coming from a guy who would never, I mean never, let a speck of cauliflower pass his lips. He loves these.  Yes.  It’s true.  You can convert your so-called cauliflower haters.

Roasted Cauliflower aka Cauliflower Poppers

They’re salty and peppery and crunchy!


Roasted Cauliflower aka Cauliflower Poppers

Don’t even think about boiling cauliflower!  Roasted Cauliflower is easy to make, and SO much more flavourful and delicious when prepared this way.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 23 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 salt
  • fresh ground pepper


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash and dry the head of cauliflower.
  3. Then cut the cauliflower up in to bite sized pieces.
  4. In a bowl toss together the cauliflower with the oil and salt & pepper.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread the cauliflower out evenly.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. You have to watch them closely so they don’t burn, and you may have to turn them.


A head of cauliflower may seem like a lot, but it shrinks down after it’s cooked. Trust me, you’ll want more!

Did I mention how delicious roasted cauliflower is?  Here, let’s take another look…

Roasted Cauliflower aka Cauliflower Poppers

Yum.  Just yum. So the next time you are even thinking about boiling your cauliflower, just stop right there. Give roasted cauliflower a chance.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply
    February 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    This looks delicious. I too love cauliflower. Im definitely going to try this as soon as I ge
    t my new bottle of garlic grapeseed oil!

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    The Hubby
    February 13, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I have finally seen the light…well, actually the oven light…I love me some roasted cauliflower!!

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    February 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    What a neat idea, thanks!

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    Meredith Kaur
    February 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    If you like these, just wait until you try some Cauliflower Steaks!! (Here’s a recipe, one of millions: I think they are sooo cool left big like that, and they make such a pretty pattern with the branching florets. And if you’ve never tried Mashed Cauliflower, you should try that too (it’s a lot like mashed potatoes). Here’s the recipe I like (, but like the steaks, there’s a ton of recipes for this too.

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    Ann Cole
    February 14, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    I have been doing this for the past couple of years and we are up to 2 heads at a time (3 kids). I roast broccoli, asparagus and brussel sprouts and everyone loves them.

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    February 14, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Yummy! I make broccoli this way, too. Very yummy and the kids eat it!!

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    February 14, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    This is a great way to enjoy cauliflower. Try roasting any vegetable that you’ve grown tired of prepared other ways. Roasting does pick up the flavor This cauliflower is delish the next day as part of a tasty lunch!

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    February 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    I’ll try this! I got cauliflower from Bountiful Baskets and was trying to figure out how to cook it so the rest of my family would eat it…this might just work!
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    pat knight
    February 17, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    Try sprinkling bread crumbs or panko seasoned with a small amount of garlic powder or italian herbs over the cauliflower before baking. YUM!

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    Elaine - Visual Meringue
    June 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    I’ve done this before, and I agree, SO yummy. I haven’t in awhile so thanks for the reminder! I like the suggestions in the comments too!

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      June 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      So good! I love this comment thread too! SO many yummy ideas!

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    June 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    LOVE roasting vegetables! It’s definitely the best way to prepare them — SO much better than boiling. Roasting (or grilling) brussel sprouts has completely changed my opinion of them.

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      June 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Now that sounds delicious! I love brussel sprouts with all my heart but have never roasted them! I’m so doing this!! Yum!

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