Delicious Vegetable Recipe: Irresistible Roasted Spiced Cauliflower 'Candy'

Roasted vegetables even kids love to eat!

A friend gave me this cauliflower recipe, saying her kids call it candy, and that it is the one vegetable dish they BEG her to make.

This roasted, spiced cauliflower recipe is extremely simple to make, and even people who say they do not like cauliflower, or who don't like veggies period, tend to like this spiced cauliflower dish.

I have made it for dinner parties, to rave reviews. I have made it for myself only — also to rave reviews. Though the recipe calls for one head of cauliflower for 6 servings, I like to roast two heads of cauliflower, as this dish tastes great as leftovers and is a fabulous healthy snack to have on hand.


Ingredients for Spiced Cauliflower Candy

  • 1 large head of cauliflower (about 3 lbs), cut into florets
  • 4 T unsalted butter, melted, or same amount if olive oil (I recommend using a mixture of butter and olive oil, and play with it, but often you can use less than the 4 tablespoons)
  • 1 t sugar
  • 1/2 t sea salt
  • 1/2 t freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 t hot paprika
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground coriander

How to Prepare Spiced Cauliflower

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

In a large bowl, toss cauliflower with butter or oil or butter-oil mixture, coating evenly.

In a small bowl, combine sugar, salt and spices. Sprinkle onto cauliflower and mix with hands, ensuring that spice mixture has been evenly distributed on the cauliflower.

Spread florets on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in oven until fork tender, at least 20 minutes, and maybe longer. 

Serve as a side dish, or place on a platter with toothpicks to serve as a passed hors d'oeuvre.

Cauliflower Candy Recipe: How to make it step-by-step, in pictures

Choose a fresh head of cauliflower, one with a tight crown. Cut two heads if you want leftovers.
Choose a fresh head of cauliflower, one with a tight crown. Cut two heads if you want leftovers.
Cut the cauliflower head into florets before coating it in melted butter or oil, preparing it for the spice mixture.
Cut the cauliflower head into florets before coating it in melted butter or oil, preparing it for the spice mixture.
Combine sugar and spices to coat the cauliflower prior to roasting.
Combine sugar and spices to coat the cauliflower prior to roasting.
Two cookie sheets of cauliflower candy roasting in the oven.
Two cookie sheets of cauliflower candy roasting in the oven.
The cauliflower candy as it comes out of the oven, prior to serving.
The cauliflower candy as it comes out of the oven, prior to serving.
The finished product! Put in a bowl to serve family style, or pass it on a tray with toothpicks to serve it as an hors d'oeuvre at a party.
The finished product! Put in a bowl to serve family style, or pass it on a tray with toothpicks to serve it as an hors d'oeuvre at a party.

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Surf Echo 5 years ago

This looks really good! I love veggies in all forms but I am always looking for ways to have my kids join in. I am giving this a try.


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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

I love (savory) roasted cauliflower, so I'm sure I'll love this, too. Thanks for sharing this gem of a recipe!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

I'm not a big cauliflower eater but this recipe sounds real good and i may give it a try. Love all the pictures you used to highlight this great hub!


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Time4Travel 5 years ago from Canada

Looks tasty! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions with pictures.


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

s.carver...This is a great recipe...low calorie and delicious. I love cauliflower, this is a great way to get veggies and a treat as well. Bonus!


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

This looks like a great recipe - I\ll have to try it out on my "cauliflower haters" :D


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divacratus 5 years ago from India

Ok, now I'm hungry! Looks delicious!!!


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

That sounds "delish." I'll bookmark this hub so I can come back and try it.

I doubt my granddaughter would like it, though, unless I took out the hot spice. She doesn't like anything the least bit spicy. Can you suggest an alternative to the hot paprika?

(I have a cauliflower recipe I love as well, but it is much less healthy, as it is battered and fried. :-( )


Kris Manley 5 years ago

This looks fantastic and I love veggies.


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I want to eat that.


ACAI BERRY Pure 5 years ago

the recipe looks delicious my children would love it if i also try it


sbobet 5 years ago

This is a great way to get veggies and a treat as well. Bonus!


sbo 5 years ago

Good Delicious!!!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

This looks amazing! Thanks for sharing your friend's cauliflower candy recipe. This is the second yum veggie-in-the-oven recipe I've seen tonight.


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Hendrika 18 months ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Thanks, one more recipe to add to my veggie collection. We eat at least two veggies every evening so I need a lot of recipes

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