Golden Roasted Turmeric Cauliflower (aka Popcorn Cauliflower)
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!
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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!
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!
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 Turmeric Cauliflower
Golden Roasted Cauliflower is a simple side dish that is healthy, delicious, and brightens up any table. It's almost as addictive as popcorn!
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)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line one or two baking sheets with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic powder, turmeric, garam masala, and salt.
- Add cauliflower florets to bowl and toss until florets are well coated with olive oil and spice mixture.
- 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.
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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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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 🙂 but I’m going to make this!
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!
This popcorn cauliflower looks absolutely amazing! I am loving the color, texture and those hearty ingredients 🙂
Thanks so much Whitney. It really is so good! Can’t wait for you to try it.
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.
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!
I love roasted cauliflower and haven’t done turmeric in a while. Thinking about picking up some cauliflower to whip this up!
This looks so delicious! And maybe if I call it popcorn my 4 year old will eat it 🙂 Cant wait to try this!
Thanks Erin. I find often it’s all in the name when getting kids to try something new! Hope it works for you guys.
The problem with this recipe is I would eat it all and forget to share. Oh well, I’m not mad about that!
Haha..I have to contain myself! There are worse problems 😉
What a glorious sounding recipe, I must give this a try before the cauli disappears from the shelves for spring and summer.
Thanks Brian. Hope you get some cauliflower asap to give it a try!
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.
Thanks so much Veena! Definitely an easy, quick recipe. While the golden roasted cauliflower is cooking you can cook the rest of your meal 🙂
Roasting cauliflower is my favourite way to eat it. I love the idea of adding turmeric too.
Love hearing that and can’t wait for you to try it with the turmeric!
It sounds very good. Great side dish 🙂
Thanks Jeanette. Hope you enjoy it soon.
I absolutely love the masala flavor you used here. Roasted cauliflower is already delicious, but the masala adds great flavor. YUM!
Thanks! It’s a spice blend I don’t use that often, but should. It’s so delicious!
Oh my gosh – I love this idea!!! Sounds like a delicious array of flavors too. Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks Lizzie! Hope you give it a try soon!
This is such a delicious side dish! I’m all about turmeric in roasted vegetables, and it sounds so delicious with garam masala!
Thanks Steph. Hope you try the combo soon.
OK, this looks delicious! I have a head of cauliflower in my refrigerator and you bet I’ll be making some this week!
Thanks Lauren! Can’t wait for you to try it!
I LOVE cauliflower made like this! You used all my favorite spices too! I need to make this again very SOON! 🙂
Thanks so much Catherine! Hope you enjoy this golden roasted cauliflower soon and often!
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!
Roasting is my favorite way to make every vegetable! Great idea to add it to mac and cheese! Let me know how it is!
This looks so great! I LOVE roasted cauliflower.
Thanks Alex! I hope you enjoy it!
This looks like a simple, yet delicious recipe and I happen to love cauliflower!
It definitely is Daniela. Hope you enjoy it soon.
Roasted cauliflower is a favorite! I love that you add turmeric and garam marsala!
Thanks Linda! Hope you enjoy this variation on your typical roasted cauliflower soon!
I will take this over cauliflower rice any day of the week!!
I definitely prefer it to cauli rice, although I like that too depending on what’s with it!
Ooooh, garam masala! That’s the secret! Looks AWESOME and ADDICTING!
Haha…it’s both those things! Hope you enjoy it soon!
My daughter would be ALL OVER this! Honestly she loves cauliflower!
Love hearing that! How old is she? Can’t wait for you to make it for her!
I’ve been looking for new ways to use turmeric! This cauliflower seems like such a warm, comforting side dish.
That’s perfect timing then Chrissy! Hope you enjoy this Golden Roasted Turmeric!
I LOVE all of these flavors, especially with cauliflower. They make my apartment smell delicious!!!
Thanks Katie! And yes, it does smell delish!
This looks so good! I love cauliflower! We would eat more of it if my husband liked it more ;/
Thanks Samantha. Maybe he’ll like “popcorn” at dinner 😉
Ooh crispy cauliflower is the best and these definitely look like the best snack for any occasion!
I couldn’t agree more Abbey! Hope you enjoy this Golden Roasted Cauliflower soon!
I absolutely love roasted cauliflower and those spices make it even better!
Thanks Deborah! Hope you enjoy it.
Oh my goodness! Tumeric roasted cauliflower is my favourite way to do cauliflower! Awesome recipe!!!
I’m so happy to hear that Elysia! Thank you!
Looks delicious! I feel like my kids would really like this too!
Thanks Sarah. Would love to know if the kids are on board with it!
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!
I absolutely agree with you GiGi! Enjoy it!
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
Awesome! Can’t wait to hear what you think!
Oh my yum! I bet this tastes as amazing as it looks!
It sure does! Hope you try it soon Annmarie!
My kids love roasted veggies…its the only way they really enjoy them. I can’t wait to make this!!
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!
I love cauliflower popcorn and can’t believe I haven’t tried it with tumeric. Delicious idea.
Jill, I cannot wait for you to make it this way! How have you made cauliflower popcorn before?
Just tried making this today. Very addictive and exceeds my expectations! Definitely will make again.
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!
Made this tonight. So, so good. Thanks for the recipe.
So happy to hear that! Thanks for letting me know.
Love this Can I freeze it ?
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!
Our synagogue has several vegan or vegetarian gluten free diets
Hard to get meal ideas
Is the cauliflower raw, or cooked, when one starts this recipe?
The recipe starts with raw cauliflower.
Thankyou for sucha easy and divine recipe! It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone
I’m so happy to hear that Nadira! Thank you for sharing.