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Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Visually beautiful and even tastier to eat, our Whole Roasted Cauliflower is THE vegetable recipe worthy of a permanent place in your dinner rotation. We steam a whole head of cauliflower, rub with with spices and then roast until it's tender on the inside and ultra crispy on top.  We cover it in an easy Calabrian Chili Chimichurri, sprinkle with toasted pine nuts, and finish it off with salty feta cheese. Eat a whole one for a meal or share with others as a side dish.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword whole roasted cauliflower, roasted cauliflower, chimichurri
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 382 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp chopped calabrian chilis (about 4-5 chilis or more if you want it really spice.)
  • 2 tsp oil from the calabrian chili jar
  • 2 tsp lemon zest (be sure to zest the lemon before cutting it open for the juice)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2-3 tbsp crumbled feta cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a square baking dish with foil or parchment paper to avoid mess.

  2. Use a pairing knife to cut off all the green tough leaves that lead to the stem. Cut off the stem. Use the pairing kniife to cut out a little bit of the core at the bottom. (This isn't madatory.)

  3. Use your hands to rub the cauliflower all over with two tablespoons olive oil. Make sure to get the bottom and all the crevies.. Sprinkle generously with 1/2 teaspoon salt (tops, sides, and bottom) and a little bit of pepper.

  4. Add the cauliflower stem-side down to the prepared baking dish. Pour 1/4 cup of chicken stock on the bottom of them pan. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. 

  5. While the cauliflower is in the oven, add the remaining olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and coriander to a small bowl. Mix until combined. It just be in-between a sauce and a paste. 

  6. When the cauliflower has steamed for 15 minutes, take it out of the oven and remove the foil. Turn the heat up to 450 degrees on the oven. Brush all over with the rub. Pop back into the oven and bake another 25-30 minutes until the cauliflower is easily pierced with a knife and the top is super crisp and brown. (If you have a very large cauliflower, it may take more time, if you have a small one, less time.) If you want it a little more charred, turn the broiler on the last minute or two of cooking.

  7. While the cauliflower roasts, make the chimichurri. Ardd the Calabrian chilis, oil, lemonn zest, lemon juice, capers, cilantro, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to a small bowl. Stir. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

  8. As soon as the cauliflower comes out of the oven, drizzle with the chimichurri. Sprinkle with pine nuts and feta cheese. Serve.

Nutrition Facts
Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving (2 servings)
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 2241mg97%
Potassium 990mg28%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 81IU2%
Vitamin C 141mg171%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.