Golden Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower (aka Popcorn Cauliflower)

March 21, 2018

Golden Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower is a simple side dish that is healthy, delicious, and brightens up any table. You may even find it as addictive as popcorn! 

turmeric roasted cauliflower on baking sheet

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Spring is here, spring is here! That’s what we should be shouting, but instead, I’m staring out my window at the fourth nor’easter to hit our area in less than a month. My backyard is covered in snow with not a flower bud in sight. I have some Florida strawberries in my refrigerator, but that’s about the only spring fruit or vegetable I have been able to buy so far.

I’m dreaming of all the spring produce that awaits – visions of bright green asparagus and peas and pretty-in-pink rhubarb and radishes are the first to come to mind. But alas, I will have to wait a bit longer, at least until the fresh coating of snow melts and the flowers can start to bloom.

In the meantime, Passover and Easter, the quintessential spring holidays, will be here in a little more than a week. Thanks to one of the previous nor’easters and associated power outages I got an early start on my spring cleaning, but it doesn’t look like anything I’ll be cooking for Passover this year will fall in the typical spring recipe category.

Cauliflower All Year Long

Cauliflower is at its peak in the fall, but this cruciferous vegetable is pretty much available all year round. Roasted turmeric cauliflower is an easy side dish to add to the holiday table or make for a random weeknight dinner.

Cauliflower rice may be the most popular use of this veggie right now, but let’s not forget about the good old florets. Ever since I started making this cauliflower dish it’s been on my menu plan at least once a week. My girls – especially one of them – can’t get enough of it!

You may have heard of popcorn cauliflower, which is what I call this when I tell the kids what’s for dinner. The idea of popcorn goes over better than plain old roasted cauliflower. When it comes to feeding kids, persuasion is often all in the name!

head of cauliflower

How to Make Golden Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower

Golden Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower is made with four ingredients: cauliflower, garlic powder, turmeric, and garam masala. (I don’t count olive oil and salt in my ingredient count since both are pantry staples IMO.)

This recipe couldn’t be simpler – just check out the recipe video below to see for yourself! All you have to do is mix the spices with olive oil, pour over cauliflower florets, and roast at a high temperature. The end result is pieces of tender and caramelized cauliflower with bright and savory flavors, and of course that golden color thanks to turmeric.

One important note: turmeric stains! It will stain your wood cutting boards, your clothes, and your hands. My best advice is to use gloves when cooking with turmeric! (I always have a box of disposable food service gloves like these in my kitchen.)

Quite like popcorn, my husband will tell you this Golden Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower is addictive!

close up of roasted cauliflower with turmeric

Golden Turmeric

Since turmeric is especially popular right now and the spice responsible for the name of this recipe, let me quickly highlight a couple of things about it.

  • It’s a warming spice (like cinnamon, ginger, and cumin) with peppery flavor notes.
  • Nutritionally it is touted for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits and it has been associated with arthritis relief, reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and depression relief.
  • Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, is responsible for most of these benefits when given in supplemental form. Unfortunately we could never take in the amount of supplemental curcumin from food, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to add fresh or ground turmeric to your recipes and it sure makes for a pretty and delicious dish. (You can read more about turmeric here.)
Golden Roasted Cauliflower is a simple side dish that is healthy, delicious, and brightens up any table. Vegan and gluten-free.

Golden Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Golden Roasted Cauliflower is a simple side dish that is healthy, delicious, and brightens up any table. It's almost as addictive as popcorn!Ā 

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Kosher


  • Cooking spray
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (up to 1 teaspoon if preferred)
  • 1 large head or 2 small heads cauliflower, cut into florets (~2 1/2 pounds)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line one or two baking sheets with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray, and set aside. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic powder, turmeric, garam masala, and salt.
  3. Add cauliflower florets to bowl and toss until florets are well coated with olive oil and spice mixture.
  4. Spread coated cauliflower on prepared baking sheet (or two if needed), transfer to oven, and roast for 10 minutes. Remove baking sheet(s), stir cauliflower, rotate the pan(s), and roast another 10 minutes until tender and caramelized.   


  • For crispier cauliflower, cut florets on the smaller side.
  • This recipe calls for more olive oil than normally used, but I find it increases the flavor and helps coat the cauliflower better. Feel free to use less if desired.Ā 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 191mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information was calculated by Nutritionix. It may not be 100% accurate.

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Golden Roasted Cauliflower on sheet pan

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  1. This has me written all over it. For some reason I never considered breaking up ahead I tend to roast an entire head of cauliflower and hack pieces off as I go. I know I know was in the kitchen šŸ™‚ but Iā€™m going to make this!

    1. I’ve tried roasting a whole head of cauliflower, but I find it doesn’t get as caramelized and it’s not as flavorful as when you cut it into florets. There’s just more surface area to coat with the seasonings and for the heat to hit when you break it up. Hope you enjoy it this way!

  2. 5 stars
    This popcorn cauliflower looks absolutely amazing! I am loving the color, texture and those hearty ingredients šŸ™‚

  3. We are seriously addicted to roasted cauliflower… everyone in our house loves it! Can not wait to try your recipe, the turmeric and spices sound delicious.

    1. Same here! And it’s such an easy side dish. I can never seem to make enough. Hope you enjoy this Golden Roasted Cauliflower with the turmeric. If you decide to make it for Passover, I found out that Garam Masala has some kitniyot ingredients, so just leave that off. It will still be delish!

  4. I love roasted cauliflower and haven’t done turmeric in a while. Thinking about picking up some cauliflower to whip this up!

  5. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious! And maybe if I call it popcorn my 4 year old will eat it šŸ™‚ Cant wait to try this!

  6. The problem with this recipe is I would eat it all and forget to share. Oh well, Iā€™m not mad about that!

  7. 5 stars
    What a glorious sounding recipe, I must give this a try before the cauli disappears from the shelves for spring and summer.

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe looks great, simple and easy! I like the fact that this recipe can be cooked very quickly. A very interesting idea for a side dish. Thank you for this great recipe.

    1. Thanks so much Veena! Definitely an easy, quick recipe. While the golden roasted cauliflower is cooking you can cook the rest of your meal šŸ™‚

  9. 5 stars
    I absolutely love the masala flavor you used here. Roasted cauliflower is already delicious, but the masala adds great flavor. YUM!

  10. Oh my gosh – I love this idea!!! Sounds like a delicious array of flavors too. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. This is such a delicious side dish! I’m all about turmeric in roasted vegetables, and it sounds so delicious with garam masala!

  12. OK, this looks delicious! I have a head of cauliflower in my refrigerator and you bet I’ll be making some this week!

  13. 5 stars
    I LOVE cauliflower made like this! You used all my favorite spices too! I need to make this again very SOON! šŸ™‚

  14. I’ve been into cauliflower everything lately! Roasting brings out the nutty/sweet flavour nicely. I’ll try this in a cauli-mac n cheese!

  15. I’ve been looking for new ways to use turmeric! This cauliflower seems like such a warm, comforting side dish.

  16. This looks so good! I love cauliflower! We would eat more of it if my husband liked it more ;/

  17. 5 stars
    Ooh crispy cauliflower is the best and these definitely look like the best snack for any occasion!

  18. I absolutely love roasted cauliflower and those spices make it even better!

  19. 5 stars
    ROASTED CAULI is one of my all time favorites! All veggies are so dang good when roasted but cauliflower brings something extra to the table – and those spices – YESSS to those spices!

  20. 5 stars
    I’m going to have to try this! I love any crispy veggies & have a whole bag of tumeric! it’s on my list now

  21. My kids love roasted veggies…its the only way they really enjoy them. I can’t wait to make this!!

    1. Same with one of my girls. The other is in a non-veggie phase other than cucumbers and occasionally beets and raw broccoli (if she’s really hungry). But roasted is definitely the way we prefer our veggies in my house. Hope your kids like this one!

  22. I love cauliflower popcorn and can’t believe I haven’t tried it with tumeric. Delicious idea.

  23. 5 stars
    Just tried making this today. Very addictive and exceeds my expectations! Definitely will make again.

    1. I am so happy to hear that AnneMarie! Thank you for sharing and letting me know. I make this recipe on repeat in my house – we just can’t seem to get enough!

    1. Thanks Faye – so glad you like it! I have never freezed it so I can’t say from experience, but you could certainly try. My concern would be that it would be a little water logged when defrosted, but if that’s the case I would reheat it at a high temp to crisp it up. Let me know if you try it!

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