Skip to content

Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

May 14, 2017

By Kath Dedon


I found this recipe for Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower on Sandy’s Reluctant Entertainer blog. Sandy found the recipe in Gina Homolka’s book, The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor. (Gina also has a blog that’s a great source for lightened-up recipes.)

I’ve now made this a couple of times. The first time I made it I didn’t take pictures because I didn’t expect it to be special enough for the blog. Boy, I was wrong!

The spice combination for the cauliflower is just right. It’s a bit spicy, but not overly so. Just reduce the amount of crushed red pepper flakes if you’re nervous about it, but ¼ teaspoon for the whole recipe is not that hot.

I had a whole head of cauliflower that had been in the crisper drawer for about a week. It was time to do something with it and I made Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower again. It was a perfect side dish with roast chicken thighs. They both roast at 450°. I put the chicken thighs on a rack on the lower third of the preheated oven. After the chicken had roasted for about 15 minutes, I put the cauliflower on a rack in the upper third of the oven. I continued to roast them both for another 25 minutes. Easy-peasy dinner!

The thing I love about this Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower is that it is so easy and yet flavorful enough to taste like a more complicated recipe. If you like cauliflower, give this one a try. I know I’m happy to add it to my repertoire.


Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower served with Roast Chicken Thighs

Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower


Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

(Adapted from a recipe posted by Sandy of who credited the recipe to Gina Homolka’s The Skinnytaste Cookbook)


(print the recipe)


Serves 4


The recipe calls for a bit of cilantro to garnish the cooked cauliflower. It’s a nice touch but can be omitted if you don’t have any on hand. I didn’t use it the first time I made it.


6 heaping cups of cauliflower florets (from a 1½ – pound cauliflower), cut into 1-inch pieces

3 garlic cloves

¼ cup olive oil

Salt, to taste

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°.
  2. Put the cauliflower in a large bowl.

Cauliflower and garlic


3. Lay a large chef’s knife flat on the garlic with the blade facing away from you. Press (or smack) the blade with your fist to smash the garlic cloves. Put the garlic in the bowl with the cauliflower.

crushed garlic


4. Pour the olive oil over the cauliflower and toss so it is well distributed.

5. Sprinkle the cauliflower with salt.

6. Stir the turmeric, cumin, and pepper flakes together.


Turmeric, ground cumin, and crushed red pepper flakes

Turmeric, cumin, and crushed red pepper flakes

Stir spices together


7. Sprinkle the spices over the cauliflower and stir well. Spread the cauliflower out on a large rimmed baking sheet, covered with parchment if desired.

8. Roast for about 25 minutes, stirring once when it’s about half done.

9. Garnish with cilantro, if desired, and serve.


Cauliflower and chicken thighs sharing the oven

sharing the oven


Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower - Copy


6 Comments leave one →
  1. lostinapot2017 permalink
    May 15, 2017 4:06 am

    Great idea for cauliflower. This will go prefect with our favorite Middle Eastern chicken recipe. Thanks Kath.

  2. May 19, 2017 6:18 am

    This looks delicious, Kath. I’ve been putting tumeric in lots of things lately: risotto, cream soups, roasted veggies, too. Become something of a maven…

    • May 19, 2017 7:02 am

      Mmmm….those all sound like things that would be great with turmeric, Frank! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  3. October 1, 2017 5:47 am

    Looks delicious! Just found your blog through Carole’s Chatter!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: