Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

  • PrepTime: 10 Mins
  • CookTime: 30 Mins
  • TotalTime: 40 Mins


  1. 1 head cauliflower
  2. 3 tablespoons butter
  3. 1 teaspoon sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  6. 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
  7. 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  8. Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  9. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  10. 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat an oven to 450 F. While the oven heats, cut out the core of the cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower florets into bite-size pieces. Instinct may have you cut off increasing amounts of the stem to get smaller florets, but cutting up and into the stem to divide the florets into longer, more elegant versions is an equally easy, and less wasteful, way to go. You can discard the core, or cut it into sticks or small floret-size cubes and cook them up with the florets.
  2. In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Take off the heat and mix in the sugar, salt, pepper, hot paprika, sweet paprika, cayenne (if using), turmeric, and cinnamon. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. Add all the cut-up cauliflower and toss to coat the cauliflower as evenly as possible with the spicy butter. Be warned: This will take a fair amount of tossing.
  3. Lay the cauliflower pieces in a single layer in a roasting pan or on a baking sheet. The less they touch, the better, but you don't need to be fussy about it. Cook them in the oven until browned, sizzling, and tender with crispy bits forming on the edges—approximately 25 minutes, but all ovens and pans are different. The cauliflower matters more than the clock.


  1. Serve the roasted cauliflower hot or at least warm. The cauliflower is delicious all on its own, but if you want to add another element, plain yogurt makes a pretty tasty dip or topping to drizzle on this. Jazz it up by mixing a clove of minced garlic and a bit of ground cumin or some minced mint leaves into the yogurt for the world's easiest sauce.
  2. The turmeric is used primarily to add its gorgeous bright golden color, but it has a lovely earthy flavor, too. If you don't happen to have some on hand, this dish will still be utterly delicious, if a bit less visually appealing.