Roasted Cauliflower

Recipe 10 minPreparation Time 45 minCooking Time
Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

10 minPreparation Time 45 min Cooking Time

About this Recipe

This whole roasted cauliflower is a crowd-pleaser and an elegant alternative to pouring melted cheese all over a steamed head. Roasting deepens the flavor and sweetens the garlic, and the sauce balances acidity and umami with a luxurious texture that positively lights up the tender, browned brassica.

The Benefits

Like its cruciferous cousins, cauliflower is a nutritional powerhouse: high in fiber and antioxidants, notably sulforaphane, which has shown anti-cancer properties. Egg yolk and olive oil are both healthy fats, miso provides plant protein, and the addition of garlic’s many health-boosting qualities makes this a potently nourishing dish.


Makes 6 servings
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 tsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika, sweet or hot (optional)
  • 1 head of garlic, whole and uncut
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) lemon juice or cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp miso


  1. Step 1
    Heat your oven to 375˚F/190˚C.
  2. Step 2
    Trim the bottom of the cauliflower, removing any leaves. Rub the head all over with the olive oil and sprinkle it with ¼ tsp salt and the paprika (if using). Put the cauliflower and garlic in an ovenproof pot large enough to comfortably hold them, cover it with a lid, and put it in the oven for about 45 minutes. At this point the garlic should be browned and tender; if it is, remove it from the pot and return the cauliflower to the oven with the lid off.
  3. Step 3
    While the cauliflower gets brown on top, make the sauce. Squeeze all the garlic out of its skin into a bowl or mortar and add the egg yolk. Use a whisk or pestle to pulverize the garlic and yolk, then add the lemon or vinegar and miso, whisking or pounding vigorously to create a creamy emulsion. Taste the sauce for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed, and add a little water if it’s not a pourable consistency.
  4. Step 4
    Once the cauliflower is browned to your liking, remove it from the oven, transfer it to a serving bowl, pour the sauce over it, and enjoy.