Festive Roast Cauliflower | Oh Happy Christmas

Cauliflower doesn’t need to be branded a bland vegetable.

I’ve managed to make this festive roast cauliflower taste delicious with loads of spices and tangy lemon. If you plan to serve this as a festive side, you can prep it hours/night before so it marinades and all the flavours develop pre-roasting. The florets absorb all the flavours SO well and they go a lovely crispy on the outside, soft inside texture when roasted. I reckon it’d also be a good addition to an appetizers platter, as long as your guests don’t mind licking their fingers! It’s not too spicy as I wanted to make sure everyone in my family could eat it, but if you’ve got more spice tolerance than my anti-anything-curried dad, add a fresh chilli to the marinade.

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Festive Roast Cauliflower Recipe

Time: 7 minutes prep, 25-30 minutes cooking, marinade time if you have it but not essential

Serves: 4 as a side


1 medium-sized cauliflower

1 lemon, organic if possible for the best flavour

2 tbsp good quality olive oil

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp coriander seeds

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2cm long piece of fresh turmeric (can substitute ground but fresh is best)

2 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees

Crush the spice seeds with a pestle and mortar. Grate in the turmeric and garlic. Juice the lemon and pour it in with the olive oil. Mix everything well and then season with salt and pepper.

Remove the leaves and hard stem and chop the cauliflower into florets. Don’t worry too much about them all being the same size. Place in a roasting dish and pour the spice marinade over them. If you have the time, let it marinade before roasting but no worries if not.

Roast for 25-30 minutes til crispy, giving it a shake half way to ensure it all cooks evenly.

Let me know if you try this festive roast cauliflower recipe out – I love seeing your recreations! I hope your holiday season is full of all the veggies and the people you love. Have a happy, healthy and indulgent one folks. x

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