sizzling cauliflower

A square serving dish filled with sizzling cauliflower sitting on a granite counter top.

Indian-inspired sizzling cauliflower says zing! as a side dish or appetizer. Simply toss the cauliflower florets with some olive oil and spices and roast for half an hour. You will have a bright, tasty, and healthy addition to your entrée. If you’re using the cauliflower as an appetizer, whip up some tahini dip as an accompaniment.


sizzling cauliflower

Serves: 4-6
Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 head cauliflower, cored and cut into 1½-inch florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • Red chili flakes (optional)
  • tahini dipping sauce:
  • 1⁄2 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup water



Heat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.


Put the cauliflower florets into a medium bowl, and sprinkle olive oil over the top; toss to coat. Add the cumin, turmeric, curry, salt, and pepper (and some red chili flakes if you want to add more heat) and toss again until the cauliflower is evenly coated with seasonings.


Transfer the florets to the baking sheet and spread them out evenly.


Bake until the cauliflower is browned and tender, 25 to 30 minutes.


If serving as an appetizer, add hummus or tahini sauce for dipping.


To make the tahini sauce, combine tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and ½ cup water in a small bowl and season with salt.


If you want some more heat, add some red chili flakes, a bit of chili powder and 2 teaspoons of minced garlic. When handling turmeric, be aware that it can leave stains. I've found leaving a stained pan or dish cloth in the sun for an afternoon will remove that stain.

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  • Reply
    Kim Miles
    January 15, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    We’ve had something similar in restaurants and loved it! Can’t wait to try this one at home!

  • Reply
    Patti Olswang
    March 8, 2018 at 5:21 am

    What temperature do you cook the cauliflower?

    • Reply
      Carol Buchan
      March 10, 2018 at 4:50 am

      Details for the cooking directions are updated now. Thanks for point it out.

  • Reply
    Patti Olswang
    November 16, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I made the cauliflower without the dip and it was really yummy.

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