Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Servings: 4 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

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Sweet and spicy roasted cauliflower is an easy side dish that everyone will love. Roasted cauliflower with chili powderand molasses, the perferct pairing of sweet with heat

Sweet & Spicy Roasted Cauliflower is delicious and simple.

Cauliflower is one of my favourite vegetables but was something that my kids were always ho hum about. That is until I started roasting it. Now they devour cauliflower and at mealtime the four of us can easily eat an entire head of cauliflower when it’s prepared this way.

An easy, family-friendly recipe.

For the longest time I was roasting it simply with olive oil, salt and pepper but then I started experimenting with different herb and spice blends. This particular combination is a new favourite.  Serve it alongside pork chops with molasses cider glaze and sauteed apples. (A little cranberry sauce on the side would be extra delicious.)

Roasted cauliflower with chili and molasses

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. In a large baking dish or pan toss all ingredients until the cauliflower is well coated. Choose a dish or pan that’s large enough to accommodate the cauliflower in a single layer.
  2. Bake at 375 F for 25-30 minutes, or until cauliflower is golden and tender.
  3. Stir often during cooking so the cauliflower cooks evenly.

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Roasted cauliflower with chili powderand molasses, the perferct pairing of sweet with heat


16 thoughts on “Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

  1. Brandi Thomas says:

    I can’t wait to try this. I hope my four year old will go for it. Thanks!

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Brandi,
      Good luck. You can mix up the spices too if that helps (try curry powder instead of the chili powder, or a cajun seasoning). Enjoy!

  2. Joy says:

    I made this for supper this evening. I used a seasoning salt we like with the oil and molasses mixture. I will definitely make this again!

    1. Bridget says:

      Hi Joy,
      Great to know the recipe is so adaptable. The seasoning possibilities are endless…

  3. Marlene says:

    I can’t wait to try this. My son needs things like this because he is a vegatarian. Thanks

    1. Bridget says:

      I hope that he enjoys it!

    2. Bridget says:

      Hi Marlene,
      Does your son like chili? This chili recipe is vegetarian http://dev-crosbys.pantheonsite.io/black-bean-chili-that-sticks-to-your-ribs/

  4. Hello my name is Padget and i’m wondering if you could show us more recipes like this one!

  5. aggie missaghian says:

    I love all your new recipes. Thanks.

  6. CAROL BRIMNER says:

    All ways looking for something new.

  7. CAROL BRIMNER says:

    Like to try new recipe like your cauliflower ,.Will be using it very soon

  8. cheryl hamilton says:

    I also do cauliflower – boil it whole. Mix a paste of mustard any kind and 2 Tbsp. fat free mayo. Roast and it delicious. I will try this one. Sound awesome.

    1. Thanks for the great suggestion Cheryl. Sounds delicious.

  9. Lorraine says:

    Hi there;
    I made this recipe, as well as the Cranberry Sauce with Apples and the Roasted Roots Vegetables in Squash. They were all a hit; there was only a very small piece of cauliflower left for me to try.
    Thanks for compiling a great list of recipes for Thanksgiving. It made the job of finding new things to make much easier.

  10. Denise Charron says:

    Hi Bridget,
    I just love cauliflower and sometimes I buy it frozen, already cut in florets. Do you think I could use frozen cauliflower instead of fresh in this recipe? Thanks Bridget.


    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Denise, I haven’t had much luck roasting frozen cauliflower. (It usually ends up a little soggy.) You can still make this recipe with frozen cauliflower but it might not get crispy. Still, the flavour will be great.

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