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Are some of your favorite recipes the most minimalist? This whole roasted cauliflower recipe fits the bill and is probably the best simple recipe you'll ever have.

The cauliflower is seasoned extremely well both inside and out.

whole roasted cauliflower

In most cauliflower recipes, cauliflower plays a supporting role. For this one, it's actually the star in a simple 3-ingredient recipe inspired by an Israeli technique for roasting and seasoning cauliflower that I learned from Christopher Kimball of Cooks Illustrated fame. The fact that I was in the Grand Canyon listening to Led Zepplin, probably contributed.

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ROASTED CAULIFLOWER INGREDIENTS

  • Whole Cauliflower Head
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Aleppo Pepper (optional)

COOKING CONSIDERATIONS

Cauliflower naturally is pretty bland stuff. It's why most recipes call for copious amount of salt, butter, dairy, etc. to flavor it up. The simple way to avoid these tactics is to boil the cauliflower in seasoned broth essentially brining it. This ensures the inside is seasoned well.

Once you workout the interior you can season the outside however you like. I used a basic dry rub of salt, pepper, and Aleppo pepper. The olive oil adds some flavor but is more for adhesion as in making the spices stick.

All cauliflower types work but if available choose a colored one as they present beautifully, giving the impression you worked extremely hard

Choose smaller cauliflower heads, as larger ones can lead to an overcooked exterior and undercooked interior

Don't skimp on the salt when poaching, follow the recipe amount to ensure full seasoning

Don't leave the cauliflower in the water longer than the recipe calls for as you don't want it to absorb too much water which will impact texture. Similarly, let it drain adequately before roasting

MORE CAULIFLOWER RECIPES

Smoked Whole Cauliflower

Jerk Roasted Cauliflower

Cheesy Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower Curry

Cauliflower Potato Soup

Making This Recipe

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whole roasted cauliflower

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Simple, delicious whole roasted cauliflower seasoned well from the exterior down to the core via poaching & roasting netting both a complex taste & texture.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting: 10 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 oz
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • Black pepper and kosher salt to taste
  • 2 pound head cauliflower leaves trimmed
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • Aleppo Pepper optional

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 475 degrees F with rack in the middle position.
  • In a large pot, bring 4 quarts water to a boil. Add ½ cup salt then lower in the cauliflower.
  • Cook for 5 minutes EXACTLY starting from the time you drop the cauliflower into the pot. Flip the cauliflower with a large spoon after the first two minutes.
  • Transfer the cauliflower stem side down to a colander and drain for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer cauliflower stem side down to a baking dish. Rub the top with oil and sprinkle with black pepper and Aleppo.
  • Roast, rotating the dish once or twice. Spoon any oil drippings over the cauliflower until the cauliflower browns and a knife/metal skewer when inserted to the center meets no resistance roughly 20-25 minutes.
  • Let cool for five minutes before serving.

Notes

All cauliflower types work but if available choose a colored one as they present beautifully, giving the impression you worked extremely hard Choose smaller cauliflower heads, as larger ones can lead to an overcooked exterior and undercooked interior Don't skimp on the salt when poaching, follow the recipe amount to ensure full seasoning Don't leave the cauliflower in the water longer than the recipe calls for as you don't want it to absorb too much water which will impact texture. Similarly let it drain adequately before roasting

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 109.3mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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illofit

Monday 30th of July 2018

I just made this, so good!

moopbrown

Monday 30th of July 2018

Awesome! Glad you liked it. Please give it a rating if you haven't already. Thanks again.

Jess Pacheco

Sunday 22nd of July 2018

Hi Marwin, I have been on a mad search for the best cauliflower recipe out there. It's one of my favorite vegetables to eat raw, despite it not having much of a flavor (I actually find it to be very flavorful in some cases... not sure if it has to do with the varietal or the age, or new crop or old crop), but the presentation of what you've come up with looks and sounds absolutely divine and has me salivating here as I write you. BTW just pinned this for safe keeping and followed you on IG! 🤗✌️

moopbrown

Sunday 22nd of July 2018

Hi Jess. Thanks for the kind words and follow. We're big fans of cauliflower in our house. I'm always looking for ways to make it better or just different ways to try it. I've tried the different varietals (green, white, yellow, purple, etc.) and haven't noticed big differences in flavor other than the the green romanesca with the funky shapes and spikes. The main thing is getting a fresh one (stay away from the soft ones). I like poaching method cause you can flavor the entire cauliflower and don't have to rely on sauces for flavor.

Swathi

Monday 16th of July 2018

wowieeee......mesmerizing cauliflower!!!!

moopbrown

Tuesday 17th of July 2018

Thanks - I think it's tasty!

Divyangana Kakade

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

This is amazing. I had never thought cauliflower could be made so interesting. I am definitely trying this recipe. Already recommended to a friend who loves cauliflower!

moopbrown

Wednesday 11th of July 2018

Thank you and I definitely appreciate the share!

935sanah

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

My mother pressure cooks the cauliflower (the uncoloured one) first and then prepares it the way she likes it. Fortunately enough it tastes good! I will definitely recommend this recipe to her. She loves to cook. I really appreciate the amount of hard work you put into it.

moopbrown

Tuesday 10th of July 2018

Pressure cookers are amazing and convenient. The recipe the same no matter the color, I just grabbed the purple one cause it caught my eye at the farmer's market. Poaching in salted water really makes a difference in taste. Thanks for visiting!