I discovered this quick way to get the goodness of roasted cauliflower with less energy and more consistent texture. The trick? Steam cauliflower pieces briefly, toss with oil and spices, and then broil. It's fast enough for a weeknight dinner and sunny enough for an Easter feast. The recipe below also shows how to get the most out cauliflower, no matter what recipe you use. It's just $1.11 per serving using organic ingredients.
Quick Golden Cauliflower Recipe
Active time: 10 minutes. Total time: 20 minutes. Serves 2. Vegan and gluten free.
2 cups cauliflower pieces, about 1/2 medium head
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons turmeric
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt or coarse sea salt or slightly less table salt
- Cut cauliflower into florets, saving leaves for Stoup or another recipe.
2. Peel the stalk and cut into floret-sized pieces.
3. Put cut cauliflower into a microwave-safe bowl with a splash of water, cover, and microwave on high for 5 minutes until almost tender. Microwave alternative: put about an inch of water into a medium pot. Put a steamer basket in the pot, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Put cauliflower in the basket, cover pot, and reduce heat to medium low. Steam for about 5 minutes until almost tender.
4. Put cauliflower in a shallow baking dish or on a cookie sheet. I use a pan that just fits into my convection toaster oven. Sprinkle with turmeric and salt. Toss again and spread cauliflower pieces evenly so they don't touch. Put an oven rack in the broiling position (usually the top rack spot) and broil until cauliflower begins to brown.
5. Good hot or at room temperature. Serve it on its own or on a bed of tender greens. Keeps well refrigerated for a week or frozen for a year.
- Spice variations: Use 1 teaspoon turmeric, 3/4 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle. Or try two teaspoons curry powder.
- If you double the recipe, microwave cauliflower for 8 to 10 minutes or steam it in a pot for 5 minutes.
Make a difference when you cook
- Don't waste aluminum foil or parchment paper lining your baking dish. A short broil takes less scrubbing than a long roast. Think twice before using a reusable silicone baking mat too. Turmeric stains.
- Baking takes a lot of energy. Using a toaster oven and broiling briefly instead of roasting shrinks the carbon footprint of this dish.