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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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
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
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How to Make Roasted Spicy Cauliflower:
- Cut up a large head of cauliflower into individual florets and toss with olive oil, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
- 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.
- Serve hot. That’s all there is to this easy recipe, but the flavor is really a WOW!
- And I think Roasted Spicy Cauliflower is a delicious side dish that’s good any time of year!
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Easy Cauiflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onions
Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad
Low-Carb Twice-Baked Cauliflower
Roasted Spicy Cauliflower
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
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
- 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.
- Arrange the cauliflower in a single layer on a heavy baking sheet or baking dish.
- Roast until cauliflower is softened to your preference and starting to get golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.
- 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.
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.
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.
31 Comments on “Roasted Spicy Cauliflower”
Fun hearing from you after all this time! Hope you're doing well.
Hey, Kalyn, you'll never believe that I remembered this fabulous recipe from lo these many years ago because it was SO GOOD and I've lost my copy. I'm thrilled to find it here again. This one deserves an honorable mention on your front page to acquaint all your newer readers with its delicious healthy wonderfulness.
Hope 2010 is treating you well!
Kalyn – Yes, try Aleppo on tuna. I’ve done just Aleppo and salt, and I’ve also marinated with soy, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, etc and then sprinkled with Aleppo and sesame seeds before cooking. I’ve also added Aleppo to my falafel with great results. I think maybe I need to start my own blog to expound on this beautiful pepper.
Pille, the bit of spiciness is great in this!
Gattina, I’m betting the red pepper at the Turkish restaurant was the same as this.
Tanna, great. You’ll love it.
Jennifer, thanks for the feedback. I’m so glad you like it.
Chigiy, I just adore roasted cauliflower in any form. This is just a great variation.
I love roasted veggies, but I never roast cauliflower. This recipe will give me an excuse to try it. Thanks.
We made the cauliflower recipe tonight, it was awesome! I was sorry that I only made half the head (as we were eating salad and chicken as well). I could easily sit and eat the whole dish. It was phenomenal, it will be going on my favorites list.
I think I’ve found a local store that carries the Aleppo Pepper today!
very interesting post Kalyn! I can’t tell the differences between different red peppers … my taste buds waving white flag… but your/Burcus discription brought me back some good memery when I dined at a Turkish restaurant 🙂
I’ve roasted cauliflower with salt and pepper, and really loved it. Time to spice it up a little:)
Vicki, I *love* the idea of using this pepper on Tuna. Will try it for sure.
Bradley, try it. This was great.
Chris, get some cauliflower ASAP!
Looks fab! It is so weird because I have been seeing a bunch cauliflower recipes lately – all of a sudden! (I think I missed the memo and will run out to buy a head immediately.) It is just so yummy – Thanks for this recipe!
Great looking recipe. I am always struggling to find new ways to add veggies to dinner. Cauliflower was never a nature go to veggie but the color looks great!
Hi Kalyn –
I got my Aleppo from Penzeys, and it’s my new favorite pepper. It’s especially good on seared ahi. I usually roast my cauliflower with garlic and then toss with parsley and parmesan, I’ll have to try it with the Aleppo.
Asha, I bet cumin would be good on this. Will try it!
Katie, I think Penzeys will mail anywhere in the world if you want to get some there. It might not be quite a great as what Burcu sent me, but there stuff is pretty good quality. Glad to hear you liked the chicken.
HT (aka Lisa) You are soooo lucky to work close to Penzeys.
Burcu, thanks for the offer to keep replenishing my supply. I do agree that it’s very special. I just love it. When I get home I’m going to edit and add the link you gave me, Thanks!
Meeta, I really loved it.
Yes! I love Cauliflower and am always on the look out for new and interesting recipes. Great one Kalyn.
I almost forgot; i loved baked cauliflower recipe. Definitely try with red pepper.
Kalyn, I’m gald you like the pepper. I’ll be back in Turkey this August and will absolutely bring you more, so no need to use them sparingly.
Back in Turkey I had no idea how special pepper flakes were until I came here and could not find the same flavor. This site (http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/spices/chilurfa.html) says it’s the sweating process that gives isot pepper its unique flavor. Whatever it is, I love it. Thanks for writing about it!
I’ll have to head over to Penzey’s at lunch and see if they have this pepper. Never had it but I’m always up for new spicy flavors!
I’ve roasted cauliflower but never with red pepper! It looks delicious – such lovely color. Now, If I can only find the red pepper…..
And I loved ‘Janet’s Mustard Chicken’
Looks delicious Kalyn!!Throw in some cumin pd in there to make it even more flavorful!:))