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Roasted Baby Cauliflower

You have to try this new baby cauliflower. It's sweet, delicate, tender and delicious - kind of a cross between cauliflower and broccoli. We're roasting it in this recipe, but you can cook it so many different ways. It's slowly coming into mainstream stores so grab some if you can find it. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings (change as needed): 4
Author: Cheryl, Two Kooks In The Kitchen


  • 1 large baby cauliflower, about 2 lbs/0.9kg also called Fioretto, Stick, Flowering, Biancoli, Karifurore, Sweet Sprouting, Chinese cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

Optional Garnishes

  • zest from 1 lemon (optional but great)
  • Parmesan cheese, toasted crushed nuts, red pepper sauce, pesto, pea sprouts, balsamic reduction, chopped strawberries.


  • HEAT OVEN TO 425F/218C. Spray large pan with oil. Or, for easy clean up, line large pan with parchment or foil sprayed with oil.
  • PREPARE BABY CAULIFLOWER: Cut 2 inches/5cm off thick bottom stem. Cut the rest of cauliflower into small pieces, leaving on small stems. Toss with oil, salt and pepper (and garlic powder if using). Lay in single layer in pan. Do not overcrowd the pan or the cauliflower will steam.
  • ROAST for 15 minutes until flower tips become brown and cauliflower is tender. Transfer to plate or bowl and sprinkle with lemon zest and/or other garnishes if desired Note 1. Serve immediately.


  1. Tailor to Your Taste
    • Seasonings: Try adding curry powder, Parmesan cheese, or red chili flakes for heat. 
    • Drizzles: Try balsamic reduction, Japanese salad dressing, basil pesto or red pepper sauce. 
    • Garnishes: If you like lemon, a sprinkle of lemon zest after roasting is a wonderful flavor booster. Other good options are toasted chopped nuts, green onions, pea sprouts, chopped tomatoes or strawberries (for color).
  2. Make Ahead
    • Complete the recipe and let it sit on counter until needed. When ready to use, warm the cauliflower in a hot oven for 5 minutes. Or, transfer to a dish after roasting, then warm it in microwave for 1 minute when ready to use.
    • Alternatively, the baby cauliflower can be served at room temperature or even cold.
Nutrition values are estimates and do not include optional garnishes or toppings. 
Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 625mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 69mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg