Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika


I recently roasted a chicken using a smoked paprika rub and decided to try it on a whole cauliflower. It was totally delicious! I recommend serving this paprika-rubbed cauliflower as a vegan or vegetarian main with a big green salad.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1 small head cauliflower

  • 1 ½ teaspoons fennel seeds

  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ lemon, juiced


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Trim large leaves off cauliflower. Trim stalk so cauliflower can sit flat in a Dutch oven.

  3. Grind fennel seeds with a mortar and pestle. Mix in smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Whisk in olive oil to form a paste. Rub the paste all over the cauliflower. Drizzle lemon juice all over.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven, covered, until tender, about 30 minutes. Uncover and baste with any juices that have pooled at the base. Continue baking, uncovered, until top is browned and center feels completely tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use this technique with all sorts of seasoning variations. Try it with your favorite spice blend.

Editor's Note:

Please note the differences in yield, ingredient amounts, and cook time, as well as the addition of carrots and beets when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

171 Calories
14g Fat
12g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 171
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 1143mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 84mg 420%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 15mg 82%
Potassium 526mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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