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Easy Roasted Cauliflower only requires three basic ingredients and comes together to make a crunchy, decadent side to any meal.

Easy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6 as a side 1x


This Easy Roasted Cauliflower recipe only requires three basic ingredients and makes a crunchy, satisfying side dish. This is a healthy side dish that goes with so many meals!


  • 1 medium to large head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons oil, such as olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Prep the cauliflower by using a sharp knife to cut the head in half. Remove the bulk of each stem, and then rinse the cauliflower well. Pat dry or allow to dry.
  3. Use a knife to cut each half into 1.5- to 2-inch wide chunks. Break the chunks into smaller bite sized pieces. Place all of them in a large bowl.
  4. Drizzle the oil over the cauliflower, and toss/stir well to evenly coat the cauliflower with oil.
  5. Place the cauliflower on a rimmed baking sheet WITHOUT any kind of baking mat or parchment paper. Direct contact with the pan is key.
  6. Sprinkle with salt.
  7. Roast for 18 to 24 minutes, until tender and darkened on the side that is touching the pan.
  8. Remove from the oven and add additional salt to taste. Serve hot.


  • You can mix broccoli on this sheet pan if you'd like a little of both. They cook at similar times, and it works well to cook them both.
  • If you crowd your pan, your veggies will steam instead of roast. To get that nice golden crisp to them, give them plenty of room on the pan.
  • Prep Time: 5 min.
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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