Maple-Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

I’ve recently started eating less dairy, not because I don’t love most of it (umm, cheese), but because I am learning that dairy just might not agree with my body. Also: I was eating a LOT of it. More than I realized. Stupid food diary exposing the truth about my eating habits (and issues).

But if consuming less dairy means I’m eating more simple vegan recipes like this Maple-Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower, well … cheese, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower recipe - Cauliflower, tossed in sweet maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven.

Roasted cauliflower is a seriously addicting snack. Or side. Or main. It gets tender, goldeny-caramelized, and a little crispy edged as it roasts, transforming into something so utterly scrumptious that it’s entirely possible to eat a whole head of cauliflower this way. Not that I, um, know anything about that (see: less-than-stellar eating habits again).

But adding pure maple syrup and spicy Sriracha to the mix? Oh. My. Stars. Roasted cauliflower just got a heckuva lot more addicting. Not that I needed for that to happen.

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower recipe - Cauliflower, tossed in sweet maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven.

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower recipe - Cauliflower, tossed in sweet maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven.

It’s super-duper easy to make. Just toss bite-sized cauli florets in a mix of olive oil, maple syrup, Sriracha, salt, and pepper. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes, and sweet/spicy nirvana awaits.

I like to serve it up with a few extra dots of Sriracha for a little extra kick. So. Good.

You could also present it wing-style with a cooling dip like blue cheese or ranch, and maybe a few celery sticks, even. But I have enough of a problem controlling myself around this stuff just the way it is, straight-up. Ah well, at least it’s cauliflower instead of cheese.

Maple-Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower recipe - Cauliflower, tossed in sweet maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven.

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Maple-Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower, tossed in maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven. This irresistibly sweet/spicy cauliflower is equally perfect for game-day snacking, a dinner side, or just straight-up lunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (approx. 2-pound) head cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce + more for serving if desired
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, Sriracha sauce, salt, and black pepper. Add the cauliflower and toss until well-coated. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring once, until tender and golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve with additional Sriracha sauce, if desired.

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Maple-Sriracha Roasted Cauliflower recipe - Cauliflower, tossed in sweet maple syrup and spicy Sriracha, gets crispy-edged and caramelized in the oven.

 

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.