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Grilled Cauliflower

Transform your cauliflower into something special with a wonderful blend of spices and a grill basket. Grilled Cauliflower is an easy healthy side dish for any meal, ready in in 15 minutes.

Grilled Spiced Cauliflower seasoned with cumin, coriander, smoked paprika and garlic.

The trick to this recipe is using a grill basket. Similar to our Grilled Cabbage Slaw recipe, the grill basket is much easier than grilling cauliflower in ‘steaks’ or ‘wedges’.  There’s no fussing and no chance of pieces falling through the grills. It keeps everything together beautifully – almost like sauteing in a fry pan, but you get a bonus with the char from the BBQ.

The blend of seasonings works well, but honestly, play around with various combinations yourself like I did to get the balance you like best.  The variations are endless.  You can even go plain and simple with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper.

Regardless, this cauliflower side dish is easy, quick and delicious. I love serving it with Grilled BBQ ChickenMaple Balsamic Rainbow Trout and Baked Apricot Chicken.

Tailor To Your Taste

  • Try other spice blends such as: curry; taco; cajun; italian; herbes de provence; lemon pepper or fajita.
  • Drizzle a sauce on top such as pesto, vinaigrette, ranch.
  • Sprinkle with herbs after grilling.


  • Buy pre-cut cauliflower florets.
  • Use a ready made spice blend you like.

Make Ahead Grilled Cauliflower

  • This dish can be made ahead and warmed in the microwave for a minute or served at room temperature.
cauliflower, oil, seasonings, green onion, lemon
ingredients: cauliflower, green onion, lemon, olive oil, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper (coriander missing in picture)
spices and oil in a bowl
Mix together seasonings and oil
seasoned Cauliflower in grill basket ready to grill
Place in grill basket, sprayed with oil
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Grilled Cauliflower

Transform your cauliflower into something special with a wonderful blend of spices and a grill basket. Grilled Cauliflower is an easy healthy side dish for any meal, ready in in 15 minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Cheryl


  • Grill basket (optional but great).


  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon each, salt and pepper (or more to taste)
  • Garnish: squeeze of lemon, 1-2 chopped green onions


  • Heat grill to medium high. Spray a grill basket with oil.
  • PREPARE CAULIFLOWER: Cut core out of cauliflower then cut cauliflower into florets. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together olive oil, garlic powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Add florets and toss to coat evenly. Place in grill basket.
  • GRILL CAULIFLOWER: Grill for 8-10 minutes in total, depending on how soft you like your cauliflower. Stir occasionally.
  • SERVE: Transfer to serving dish. Squeeze lemon juice (about 1/4 lemon) over cauliflower and sprinkle over chopped green onions if desired.

Recipe Notes

To Make Ahead: Make full dish ahead and warm in microwave for a minute or serve at room temperature.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 153IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. this is good, can be the basis of many other dishes – added some olives and cukes and tomatoes for quick yum lunch.