whole-roasted cauliflower

Whole-Roasted Cauliflower

In Appetiser, Dinner, Recipes by Muriel2 Comments

This is my favourite way to have cauliflower: so full of flavour yet still light and fresh enough to include on an indulgent festive menu.

This is adapted from Jamie Oliver’s recipe – I love the smashed garlic and paprika paste, with some cumin and turmeric thrown in for extra flavour and colour.

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Whole-Roasted Cauliflower

A light but very flavourful and festive feature.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Servings: 6 servings


  • Oven


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 lemon (zest & juice)


  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  • Trim the cauliflower stalk so that it can stand level.
  • Zest the lemon into a separate bowl and set aside.
  • Add the garlic to a mortar and pestle and smash it a bit.
  • Then add the paprika, thyme, cumin, turmeric and olive oil. Smash it all into a rough paste, then mix in the salt and pepper.
  • Rub the paste all over the cauliflower, place it in an oven dish and squeeze the lemon juice over it.
  • Cover with foil and put in the preheated oven for an hour.
  • Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the oven, sprinkle the lemon zest over it, and return to the oven for another 10 minutes.
  • Drizzle with some olive oil before serving.


  1. 5 stars
    Super easy recipe. Success with the kids too. I’m usually not a fan of cauliflower, however thanks to this recipe we are friends again! (Topped my oven dish with other veggies that needed to be cooked to optimize the oven use). Thanks Mu for yet another great recipe!

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