Our Curry Roasted Cauliflower Recipe makes an easy side dish with an exotic flair. This healthy side dish can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, or Paleo diet.
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The recipe for Curry Roasted Cauliflower
This keto-friendly recipe makes tender cauliflower steaks with a good dose of curry spices. I like to add some garam masala to round out the spice profile, but if you don’t have any of this mixture, you can simply use a bit more curry powder.
Roasting cauliflower brings out the wonderful natural flavor of this vegetable. This cooking method browns the cauliflower on the edges and caramelizes the outside so the inherent sweetness comes out.
In this recipe, golden spices in the curry powder marry with the caramelized cauliflower in a most wonderful way. This combination is further enhanced with a pop of heat from the red pepper flakes.
Finally, a bit a fresh cilantro adds an herbaceous hint and some gorgeous green color.
This recipe pairs well with simply prepared meats such as this Paleo Slow-Cooker Pork Roast, this Three Ingredient Roast Chicken, or this Slow-Cooker Pot Roast. It would also pair well with recipes that use similar flavors such as my recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala, or my Curried Meatballs.
The inspiration for Curry Roasted Cauliflower
I was inspired to make this recipe from a conversation I had with Harper. She was sharing some of the foods she enjoyed cooking when she was traveling. One of the dishes she talked about making was curried cauliflower.
Instead of roasting the cauliflower, she cut the raw cauliflower into small pieces so it would cook quickly. Next, she sautéed it in some oil and curry powder.
I loved the idea of using curry powder to flavor cauliflower, but I decided to change the recipe and roast the cauliflower instead.
Do you wash cauliflower before cooking?
I do like to rinse my cauliflower off under cold water before cutting. If there are any darkened areas, I use a clean scrubber to gently remove them.
After washing the cauliflower, I dry it thoroughly using a clean towel . If there is any wetness that remains in the nooks and crannies of the vegetable, I dry it again after cutting it.
How to cut cauliflower steaks for Curry Roasted Cauliflower
Cutting cauliflower steaks is easy to do, but just be aware that there will be several florets that fall away from the stem as you cut the steaks. In this recipe, I simply combine the florets on the same baking sheet.
To cut cauliflower steaks, you will need a whole head of cauliflower, a cutting board and a large knife.
After washing and drying the head of cauliflower, trim off any leaves from the bottom and cut the stem so it is flat with the rest of the head. Leave the florets intact.
Slice the cauliflower in 1/2 inch slices going the same direction. Some florets will fall off and not remain part of the steaks. For this recipe, I simply roast the florets along with the cauliflower steaks.
How to roast cauliflower
Roasting cauliflower is simple. The trick is to coat the cauliflower with oil and bake it in a hot oven.
For this recipe, I use an oven that is 425º Fahrenheit. A 400º oven can work as well, but you will need to roast the cauliflower longer at this temperature to achieve the same amount of caramelizing.
The type of oil you use when roasting cauliflower is important. You need to use an oil that can stand up to the high heat without smoking. I find that avocado oil works excellent for this.
Once the cauliflower is oiled and any optional flavors and salt have been added, you spread it in a single layer on a baking sheet. I like to line the sheet with parchment paper to make clean-up easier.
Bake it in a preheated oven for 25-50 minutes. Half-way through baking, I flip the florets and steaks so they caramelize on both sides.
How do you know when cauliflower is cooked?
It’s easy to tell when the cauliflower is done roasting. It should have some caramelizing and will appear slightly translucent.
The steaks and florets should feel tender when you pierce them with a fork.
Cauliflower has become one of my favorite vegetables since I’ve started eating keto. This recipe for curry roasted cauliflower celebrates the vegetable in all of its healthy glory. Enjoy!
Curry Roasted Cauliflower
Preheat oven to 425º Fahrenheit. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place the cauliflower slices and florets on the prepared baking sheets, keeping the pieces from touching.
In a small bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, curry powder, garam masala, sea salt, and red pepper flakes.
Brush the oil mixture onto the cauliflower steaks and florets.
Bake the cauliflower for 25-30 minutes, turning once. Cauliflower should be tender and caramelized and brown in places. Taste and add more sea salt, if desired.
Sprinkle with cilantro just before serving.