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Garlic Roasted Whole Cauliflower

This garlic roasted whole cauliflower is roasted to perfection with lots of garlic, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup! It makes a great main dish or side dish!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower recipes, roasted cauliflower, roasted whole cauliflower
Servings: 1 head


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves grated or chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ heaping tsp of both salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  • Pre-heat oven to 400.
  • Clean and remove leaves from the head of cauliflower.
  • In a small bowl whisk together all the marinade ingredients (oil, spices, and balsamic). Grate in the garlic cloves and mix well.
  • Drizzle a little olive oil or refined coconut oil on the bottom of an iron skillet or cookie sheet.
  • Turn the whole cauliflower upside down and put a couple of teaspoons of the marinade into the cauliflower, like pictured above.
  • Turn over the cauliflower and spread the remaining marinade over top of the cauliflower.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until preferred tenderness is reached. Spoon marinade from the bottom of the pan every 15 or 20 minutes.


If you would like to top the cauliflower with parmesan cheese you can do so in the last 15 minutes of baking!