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Bite-Sized Roast Cauliflower Florets

This bite-sized roasted cauliflower is coated in a sweet, sticky and spicy sauce after being roasted in a hot oven.

Tall image of spicy roasted cauliflower florets with a noodle salad side dish on a black plate

Spicy Cauliflower Bites.

I would definitely categorise myself as a bit of a cauliflower fiend. It is an ingredient that I love cooking with and eating.

Roasted cauliflower is glorious, whether it be a large slice as in this cauliflower steak or broken down as a side for this shredded slow cooked rabbit.

Here it is served as individual florets and that are roasted with Chinese Five Spice.

They are then rolled through a simple spicy sauce built on a base of sweet chilli sauce.

You could eat this as a snack or pair it with a noodle salad to create a simple vegan meal or even as a side to roasted meat.

Tall overhead image of spicy roasted cauliflower florets with a noodle salad side dish on a black plate

The Secret to Perfectly Roasted Cauliflower.

I strongly favour a very hot oven, and if possible a fan assisted oven.

I find that this results in getting the right amount of ‘char’ on the cauliflower florets.

You can improve this further by using a fan assisted oven. I have mentioned this in my recipe instructions.

Essentially you will get more caramelisation and that means flavour!

Roasting at a lower temperature will cook your cauliflower but it will lack the flavour that those caught bits add.

Other than that it is a simple case of adding seasoning and a little oil!

Tall image of a noodle salad served with roasted cauliflower florets on a black plate

Alternative Cooking Technique.

Of late I have been cooking this recipe in my air fryer.

I don’t think one has an advantage over the other in terms of flavour.

But the Air Fryer uses less electricity than an oven and it also does not heat up the kitchen as much!

Unfortunately, the Air Fryer results in much more washing up, so it giveth and taketh away!

I roast at 200°C or 400°F for 15-20 minutes giving them a good shake halfway through.

Other than the change in timing the recipe technique remains identical to the oven method in the recipe.

Square image of spicy roasted cauliflower florets with a noodle salad side dish on a black plate
Yield: 2 Servings

Spicy Roast Cauliflower Florets Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This recipe for roast cauliflower florets is a simple, tasty and has a distinct Asian vibe that works well as a side for roasted meat or as a vegetarian main course.


  • 500 g Cauliflower
  • 1 Tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 30 g Ginger
  • 1 Banana Shallot
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin
  • 4 Tbsp Sweet Chili Sauce


For the Cauliflower

  1. Divide the head of cauliflower into bite sized florets
  2. Drizzle over the oil and add the Chinese five spice along with some salt and pepper.
  3. Roast at 200°C or 400°F in a fan assisted oven or 420°C or 450°F in a regular oven for 25-30 minutes.

For the Sauce

  1. Blitz the garlic and ginger into a paste adding a little water if necessary.
  2. Dice the shallot as finely as you can.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok over a medium heat.
  4. Add the garlic paste to the hot wok and fry for 1 minute until it becomes fragrant.
  5. Add the shallot and stir fry for a further 2-3 minutes
  6. Add the vinegar, light soy, dark soy, mirin and sweet chilli sauce to the wok and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  7. When the cauliflower is cooked coat it in the sauce and serve.


I use my own homemade sweet chilli sauce for this recipe, but you should use something you like and something you can cope with the heat of.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1037mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 9gSugar: 35gProtein: 8g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Friday 7th of October 2016

These sound and look very good! I definitely have to try it!

Brian Jones

Saturday 8th of October 2016

I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Platter Talk

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Thanks for this great spin on cauliflower. We love any veggie that is roasted and your added spice definitely takes the dish up a solid notch. Very nicely done!

Brian Jones

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

Cheers Dan, I love roasted cauli although I am missing it greatly, still a month or so before it starts to appear here.

Christie (A Sausage Has Two)

Wednesday 6th of May 2015

I only discovered the joys of roasted cauli (and roasted sprouts... and roasted broccoli) this last winter. Can't believe I've been missing out all my life, it's so good! I love the nutty flavour. Will bookmark this recipe for my next batch :)

Brian Jones

Thursday 7th of May 2015

I've probably only been roasting brassicas for just over a couple of years, long gone are the days of over boiled and soggy grey stuff :D


Monday 27th of April 2015

Great recipe Brian! Looks delicious!! :)

Brian Jones

Monday 27th of April 2015

Thank You :)

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