Bowl of Crispy Baked Cauliflower made with curry powder
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Quick Crispy Cauliflower

Our go-to method for making crispy, flavorful cauliflower FAST! Ready in 30 minutes with 4 simple ingredients, this cauliflower is a perfect side dish or addition to bowls, salads, and more!

Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 (Servings)
Category: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Mediterranean-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-4 Days



  • 1 large head cauliflower (stems/core removed, chopped into bite-size florets)
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil (or sub other neutral-flavored oil with high smoke point)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder or shawarma spice blend
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup (optional)


  • 1-2 Tbsp avocado oil (or sub other neutral-flavored oil with high smoke point)

FOR SERVING optional


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 C) and get out a large, oven-safe rimmed skillet (we prefer cast iron).

  2. Add chopped cauliflower to a large mixing bowl and top with oil, salt, seasonings of choice, and maple syrup (optional for a bit of sweetness). Toss to coat (see photo).

  3. Heat your large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add just enough oil to coat the pan (about 1-2 Tbsp / 15-30 ml as recipe is written — adjust amounts as needed if adjusting serving size). 

  4. Heat oil for 1 minute. Then add cauliflower (add only as much will fit comfortably in the pan — crowding will lead to soggy cauliflower) and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring / tossing occasionally until your cauliflower has a slight sear / golden brown exterior.

  5. Carefully transfer pan to the preheated oven and bake on the center rack for 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to ensure even cooking, until the cauliflower is golden brown and cooked through. It should be tender with a slight bite and crispy edges.

  6. Garnish with desired herbs or nuts, such as cilantro and slivered almonds (optional), and serve immediately. We also like adding a drizzle of fresh tahini (also optional) for another layer of flavor and creamy texture.

  7. Store cooled leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 3-4 days. Not freezer friendly. Best when fresh for optimal texture.


*To make toasted slivered almonds, add ~1/4 cup (25 g) slivered almonds to a dry pan (cast iron or stainless steel) and cook over medium / medium-low heat, stirring frequently until golden brown — about 5 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid burning.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients and with the lesser amount of avocado oil (2 Tbsp /30 ml total as the recipe is written).

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4 servings)