top of page

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Updated: Dec 27, 2021

I haven't jumped on the "cauliflower in everything" train yet, but I am on the roasted cauliflower train! This Spicy Roasted Cauliflower recipe is my go-to cauliflower recipe. Naturally vegan, gluten free, and nut free, this vegetable side dish is so simple to make and packed with flavor from a variety of fragrant spices and nutritional yeast. It pairs well with just about any protein dish and starch and can even be tossed on a salad. It's going to be your new favorite way to prepare cauliflower!

The BEST Way to Prepare Cauliflower

Cauliflower is showing up in everything these days - crackers, pizza crusts, smoothie recipes, as a rice or mashed potato replacement... The commonality in all of these recipes is that cauliflower is not the star; rather it's a replacement for the "real thing" or a "flavorless" fiber-filled addition to the recipe.

That is NOT the case in this delicious Spicy Roasted Cauliflower recipe! Seasoned with a variety of flavorful spices, heart healthy avocado oil, and "cheesy" nutritional yeast and roasted to *chefs kiss* perfection, cauliflower is the true star in this simple dish.

This roasted cauliflower recipe is packed with flavor and spice from a blend of cumin, paprika, smoked paprika, turmeric, garlic powder, and a touch of cayenne pepper, but it's not hot spicy unless you want it to be! The nutritional yeast adds a nutty, savory, and cheesy flavor that pairs so well with the spices in this recipe. This naturally vegan and gluten free Spicy Roasted Cauliflower is my favorite way to prepare cauliflower!

Savory, vegan and gluten free recipes you need to try:

Cauliflower Health Benefits

Cauliflower is more than a replacement for your favorite carb-rich foods, namely pizza, rice, and mashed potatoes. This white, cruciferous vegetable contains fiber, vitamin C, folate, and antioxidants, specifically glucosinolates and isothiocyanates. So in short, cauliflower is totally healthy!

Additionally, regular consumption of cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, broccolini, cabbage, kale, collard greens, and brussel sprouts may be associated with a reduced risk of several types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, markers of inflammation in the body, and cardiovascular disease.

Other delicious recipes with cruciferous vegetables that you need to try:

What’s in This Recipe?

  • Cauliflower – contains vitamin C, folate, fiber, and antioxidants

  • Avocado oil – contains monounsaturated fats, has a high smoke point (520oF) making it ideal for high heat cooking

  • Nutritional yeast – contains B vitamins and folate

  • Seasonings and spices – salt, cumin, turmeric, paprika, smoked paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper

Notes: This recipe is naturally gluten free, vegan, and free of the top 8 allergens.

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower

Prep time: 10 minutes

Bake time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast

  • 2 tbsp. avocado oil

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/2 tsp. cumin

  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric

  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

  • Black pepper to taste

  • Dash of cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400oF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Toss until combined.

  3. Spread the seasoned cauliflower onto the lined baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes.

  4. Serve immediately. Store any leftovers in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 5 days.


Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. When you make this Spicy Roasted Cauliflower recipe or any Hope For Balance recipe, tag me at @hope.for.balance and use the hashtag #hopeforbalance for a chance to be featured in my Facebook or IG stories. I LOVE seeing your creations!

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page