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Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin

Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin is an easy low-carb, gluten-free, and vegan side dish with the perfect blend of complex flavors. 

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Roasted Curried Cauliflower finished dish on serving platter

The weather is heating up in the northern hemisphere, but I think we have at least six weeks left where you wouldn’t mind turning on the oven, which I’m hoping will give you plenty of chances to try this amazing Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin.

I first made this recipe way back in 2007 (!) when a blogging friend sent me some of her homemade curry powder blend.  I had completely forgotten this recipe was hanging out back in the archives, and when I stumbled on it recently I realized it really needed a new photo.  We made this and took new photos on a day when Kara and I were trying another cauliflower recipe, and this one was the clear winner. We loved the complex combination of flavors in this simple recipe! I might even go so far as to say this is a perfect way to cook cauliflower as a side dish; hope you enjoy!

Check out Low-Carb and Keto Roasted Cauliflower for more healthy cauliflower recipes like this one.

This recipe would be perfect for anyone who’s looking for Meatless ideas, and this deliciously healthy cauliflower recipe is not only meatless, but it’s also so delicious you won’t think for a minute that you’re eating it because it’s a healthy dish.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • large head cauliflower
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice)
  • curry powder (affiliate link)
  • ground cumin (affiliate link)
  • Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) or other all-purpose seasoning blend
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • lemon pieces, to squeeze on at the table (optional)

Roasted Curried Cauliflower process shots collage

How to make this recipe:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Preheat the oven while you whisk together the oil, lemon juice, curry powder (affiliate link), ground cumin (affiliate link) and Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) and cut up the cauliflower into bite sized pieces. 
  2. Toss cauliflower with the oil mixture until all the pieces have turned slightly yellow from the curry powder. 
  3. Spread cauliflower out in a single layer on the baking sheet and roast about 15 minutes. 
  4. Then use a large turner to turn cauliflower over to the other side.
  5. Continue to cook for 15-20 minutes more, or until the cauliflower is cooked through and nicely browned.
  6. Serve hot and wait for compliments.

Roasted Curried Cauliflower square image of finished dish on serving plate

More Cauliflower Love:

Curried Sauteed Cauliflower ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cauliflower Pickles with Curry ~ White on Rice Couple
Cauliflower Gratin ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Raw Cauliflower Tabouli ~ The Blender Girl
Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Tots ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Roasted Curried Cauliflower finished dish on serving platter

Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin is an easy low-carb side dish with the perfect blend of complex flavors.


  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces (see notes)
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. curry powder (see notes)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Spike Seasoning (optional, but good)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • lemon pieces, to squeeze on at the table (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Cut away core from cauliflower and cut into small florets.
  3. Place cauliflower in large plastic bowl.  (You can also use a 2 pound bag of cut up cauliflower.)
  4. Whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, curry powder, cumin, and Spike Seasoning (affiliate link).
  5. Pour over cauliflower, and using a large spoon, stir cauliflower as long as it takes for it to be completely coated with oil/lemon/spice mixture, at least a minute or two.
  6. Spray metal baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray and arrange the cauliflower in a single layer.  (To get the best browning, make sure each cauliflower piece has a flat side down on the baking sheet.)
  7. Roast about 15 minutes or until cauliflower is starting to get a little tender and browned on one side, then use a large turner to turn cauliflower pieces over.
  8. Cook about 20 minutes more, or until cauliflower is tender and nicely browned.  (I originally made this in my toaster-convection oven which only took about 25 minutes to get the cauliflower cooked through and browned but in the big oven we cooked it 35 minutes.)
  9. Serve hot, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


One large head will be about 2 pounds cut-up cauliflower. I used Madras Curry Powder (affiliate link), but use any curry powder blend that you enjoy. This is great with fresh lemon pieces to squeeze on more lemon at the table if desired.

Recipe inspired by a recipe from a site that’s no longer online and the curry powder I got in the mail from a blogging friend.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 368mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin is perfect for all low-carb and low-glycemic eating plans, and perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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    21 Comments on “Roasted Curried Cauliflower with Lemon and Cumin”

  1. This is delicious, Kalyn! I made it and served it with garlic string beans and dry-rubbed pork ribs. What a delicious dinner we had.

  2. This really look delicious with spice flavours.I remember once I roasted cauliflowers with carrot and some other vegetables.But didn't use any spicy flavour.This recipe sounds delicious when spices are added.I will try it soon…

  3. I roasted cauliflower with leeks this week and have another head in the fridge. Will definitely try your recipe… maybe today!

  4. Well, I guess I can't give up on cauliflower until I try this one!

  5. I think you just combined all of my favorite flavors into one fabulous side dish.

  6. I could eat some right now. I am also a fan of roasted cauliflower.

  7. The only way I like cauliflower is roasted–and this version sounds especially nice and flavorful.

  8. I’m glad people like the idea of this. Let me tell you, I thought the sum of this was so much greater than the parts.

    CJ, is that you Cheryl?

    Tanna, I’m so glad to hear you liked it. I know I will make this over and over.

  9. I guess I can’t really replicate this as our curry powders won’t be the same but following this recipe and using my curry and adding two chunked carrots what came out of my oven was spectacular! Thanks again!

  10. I love roasted cauliflower and this recipe looks great.

  11. Kalyn, thanks for another great ideas using cauliflower! I have some in the fridge and will try some of the ideas out. 🙂

  12. I think there’s going to be a shortage of cauliflower in the grocery stores soon. This is on my table tonight!

  13. I love, love, love lemon & curry on cauliflower but always braised it before. The roasting process adds a whole new flavor dimension. (I riffed on your recipe and added some sweet vadalia onion too. Yum.) Thanks Kaylyn!


  14. I’m always searching for new ways to make cauliflower – this is delicious, Kalyn!

  15. Congrats on yet another media mention!!
    I roasted cauliflower last week, but didn’t use any other seasoning apart from salt & pepper. Will definitely sprinkle some cumin and squeeze some lemon on top next time!