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Roasted Spicy Cauliflower

Roasted Spicy Cauliflower is an easy low-carb recipe where cauliflower is roasted with olive oil, spicy red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

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Roasted Spicy Cauliflower on serving plate

Not long ago I updated the recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and that reminded me how simple and delicious roasted cauliflower is. And it’s obvious that I am a roasted cauliflower fan, because I have a lot of variations of roasted cauliflower. This Roasted Spicy Cauliflower is a recipe that recently got popular on Pinterest, and I decided to update the original photos that I felt didn’t really show off how tasty it was. If you like spicy food and are a cauliflower fan, this might become one of your favorite ways to cook it! 

The  original recipe for this spicy cauliflower simply called for red pepper flakes. Although I had a few different types in my pantry, I was excited to use the Aleppo Pepper that Burcu from Almost Turkish Recipes sent me as a gift when we were doing a blog event together.

What is Aleppo Pepper?

Burcu described Aleppo Pepper as Turkish flaked hot red pepper and said “You can use this semi moist, delicious smelling, hot, flaked red pepper while cooking or sprinkle it on your foods.” I loved the Aleppo pepper and found it to be seriously addicting. Now flash forward quite a few years and I went to Turkey where I stocked up on Aleppo Pepper. You can also buy Aleppo Pepper from Amazon.com (affiliate link). I love making this recipe with Aleppo pepper, but just use another type of spicy red pepper to make this if you don’t have that and don’t want to buy it.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • large head cauliflower
  • olive oil
  • red pepper flakes; I would use Aleppo Pepper (affiliate link) but use any red pepper you have
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Want more ideas for roasted cauliflower?

Check out my collection of Low-Carb and Keto Roasted Cauliflower Recipes for more tasty recipes like this one.
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How to Make Roasted Spicy Cauliflower:

  1. Cut up a large head of cauliflower into individual florets and toss with olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  2. Spread it out on a baking sheet and roast at 400F/200C for 25-30 minutes, or until it’s softened to your liking and golden brown.
  3. Serve hot. That’s all there is to this easy recipe, but the flavor is really a WOW!
  4. And I think Roasted Spicy Cauliflower is a delicious side dish that’s good any time of year!

Roasted Spicy Cauliflower finished dish on serving plate

More Tasty Cauliflower:

Easy Cauiflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onions 
Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad 
Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower 

Roasted Spicy Cauliflower

Roasted Spicy Cauliflower

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Low-Carb Roasted Spicy Cauliflower is a delicious and easy way to cook cauliflower.


  • 1 large head cauliflower, cored and cut into florets
  • 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, or a little more if you want it extra spicy (see notes)
  • pinch of salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
  2. Placed cut up cauliflower, olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper into mixing bowl and stir well to combine and coat cauliflower with oil and red pepper.
  3. Arrange the cauliflower in a single layer on a heavy baking sheet or baking dish.
  4. Roast until cauliflower is softened to your preference and starting to get golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.


You can buy Aleppo pepper at Amazon.com (affiliate link) or use other hot pepper flakes you have on hand.

This recipe is from The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook; I actually made it just as the recipe is written with the change of using Aleppo Pepper.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 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:
Roasted Spicy Cauliflower is a perfect side dish for any  low-carb eating plan as well as any phase of the original South Beach Diet. And it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, so you can make this for anyone who likes cauliflower!

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2007! It was updated with new photos in 2016 and was last updated with more information in 2021.

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    31 Comments on “Roasted Spicy Cauliflower”

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  2. Excellent recipe – loved it! Served it with Caramelized Chili Shrimp. Very easy to make and great recipe.

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  4. these recipies sound so good

  5. Like you, I am a big fan of cauliflower, especially roasted, so bring on the recipes! I may try ordering Aleppo pepper on Amazon and give it a try.

  6. Looks delicious- I love cauliflower!

  7. This is my favourite way to eat cauliflower and in fact it’s the only way I can get my husband to eat it!