Whole Head of Cauliflower

A whole roasted head of cauliflower placed in the centre of the table always looks so impressive and is a great alternative to meat. Cauliflower absorbs flavour so you can keep things simple with just olive oil, seasoning and a squeeze of lemon. Alternatively, combine a few delicious spices from the cupboard for a more flavour-packed meal (which we’ve done here). While you don’t need it, you can also add a delicious tahini-based sauce or hummus for dipping, and sprinkle with fresh herbs for a more celebratory feel.

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Whole Head of Cauliflower

Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

1 hr




  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 juice lemon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon onion or garlic powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350 ºF and trim the base of the cauliflower so it lays flat. Removing the leaves are optional - they taste great as they come out crisp.
  2. Fill a pan (large enough to fit the cauliflower in) with three-quarters full of salted water. Bring to the boil, then carefully lower the cauliflower, head down. Don't worry if the base sticks out a little. Bring back to the boil and cook for 7-10 minutes. Drain the cauliflower using a colander to remove the water and set it aside to cool. This step is optional but created a more tender result.
  3. Combine all the marinade ingredients (the oil, dried spices and seasoning) in a bowl and mix well to form a paste.
  4. On a lined baking tray, place the cauliflower head up and using a basting brush or your hands, brush/rub the marinade all over the cauliflower. Use up all the marinade.
  5. Pop in the oven and bake for approximately 1 hour. Check at 45 minutes and if it's tender, bring it out, otherwise continue to cook until tender and golden brown. Sprinkle with freshly chopped herbs to serve.

Recipe Notes

Allergy Information: Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free. Vegetarian, Vegan.

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