Whole Roasted Purple Cauliflower

Roasting a whole cauliflower is a lot easier than you think—just takes a bit of time to do it right. The crispy, nutty crust and sweet, tender core are the stuff dreams are made of.



  • 1 whole purple cauliflower (about 2 pounds), trimmed to sit flat, rinsed and pat-dried

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • Salt

Cooking Steps

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. 2

    On plate, drizzle cauliflower with olive oil and lemon juice, and rub it all over the cauliflower.

  3. 3

    Season generously with salt all over—top and bottom, too.

  4. 4

    Transfer cauliflower to cast iron skillet or small roasting pan, floret-side up, and cover tightly with aluminum foil.

  5. 5

    Bake 30 minutes.

  6. 6

    Remove foil and roast 1 hour until florets are golden.

  7. 7

    Transfer to serving platter and serve immediately.

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