Roasted & Candied Cauliflower (vegan, grain free)

March 22, 2020  —  Written by Chris 

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You gotta give it to cauliflower – they’ve really come into their own in recent years. They can be anything! But to me there are few better ways to eat cauliflower than roasted and glazed.

This simple cauliflower dish is rich, sweet, and a great side for anything you have planned. It takes less than 10 minutes of active prep time, with another 15-20 minutes to roast. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Roasted Candied Cauliflower

A quick side dish that makes cauliflower much less boring and a joy to eat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: cauliflower, glazed, side dishes, sides, vegan
Servings: 6


To Roast The Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into flourettes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp allspice powder

For the Chili Caramel Glaze

  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar

To Garnish

  • cilantro leaves


Roast the Cauliflower

  • Preheat the oven to 425 and put a pan in the oven to also heat.
  • Toss together the cauliflower, olive oil and spices to coat evenly. Slide onto heated pan in the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Turn heat off and let the cauliflower sit in the oven while you prepare the caramel glaze.

Make the glaze

  • In a pan or wok, combine the glaze ingredients. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Put it all together

  • Add the roasted cauliflower to the glaze and toss to coat. Place in a serving bowl and top with cilantro leaves. Serve warm.

What do you think?

  1. Kari says:

    We’re not vegan and don’t have any dietary restrictions. Would this recipe work with regular butter and sugar?

  2. PJ says:

    Reminds me of Gobi Manchurian only healthier since it’s not fried! Looks amazing. I’m going to try this on the weekend. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. Patricia says:

    Vegan butter and coconut sugar, is that for Julia’s diet requirements? I assume I can use more readily available dairy butter and regular sugar or would turbinado more closely approximate the unrefined quality of palm sugar?

    • Chris Loves Julia says:

      Yes! This recipe was modified for our family, but regular butter and sugar work!

  4. Jacqueline Reid says:

    Hey! Looks good. I know you’ve used vegan butter in other recipes, but I have never a seem vegan butter in sticks. Which brand did you use?!

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