Vegan Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower


Last Updated on February 24, 2022

Crispy cheesy roasted cauliflower made with nutritional yeast, breadcrumbs, and a few simple spices. This side dish is so easy to whip up, and packed with delicious vegan cheesy flavor!

Roasted Cauliflower

These vegan cheesy roasted cauliflower bites are the perfect simple side dish or appetizer. They’re coated in a blend of nutritional yeast, breadcrumbs, hot sauce, and a few spices.

They come out so flavorful, and are seriously addicting. You can serve them on their own, or with your favorite dipping sauce.

cheesy roasted cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower is probably one of my top 5 favorite veggie side dishes. It’s so easy to prepare, and pairs well with any main course.

These cauliflower bites are mildly spicy from the hot sauce, and have a delicious cheesy flavor from the nutritional yeast.

Nutritional yeast is a pantry staple of mine, and adds a “cheesy” flavor to your cooking without the dairy. I love to use it with roasted vegetables, tofu, and pasta sauces.

Cheesy roasted cauliflower is a delicious way to incorporate more vegetables into your week, and comes together so quickly!

All you need to do is-

  1. Cut your cauliflower into florets
  2. Toss them in a bowl with the spices, nutritional yeast, hot sauce and breadcrumbs
  3. Layer them on a sheet pan and drizzle them with olive oil
  4. Bake until crispy!
roasted cauliflower

Other side dishes you’ll love:

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric Tahini

Honey Sriracha Roasted Carrots

Sliced Roasted Potatoes

Veggie Rice Fritters

Vegan Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower

4 from 10 votes
Course: Side Dishes, Vegan


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  • 1 head 1 cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 nutritional yeast

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 breadcrumbs, use gluten-free if needed

  • 2 tbsp 2 hot sauce, I used Frank’s Red Hot

  • 1 tsp 1 garlic powder

  • 1 tsp 1 paprika

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 2 2 -3 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F
  • Add the cauliflower florets to a bowl and toss them in the hot sauce and spices, then toss in the nutritional yeast and breadcrumbs.
  • Transfer them to a parchment lined baking tray and pour any remaining seasoning from the bowl over the cauliflower. I like to sprinkle 1-2 tbsp extra breadcrumbs over the top.
  • Drizzle them generously with olive oil. Bake them for about 40-45 minutes, flipping halfway through.

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  1. Used red pepper flake instead of hot sauce, worked great. Added a 1/4 cup of corn starch just to experiment. Used a castiron griddle so didn’t require parchment-lined cookie sheet. Also not vegan so sprinkled dairy cheese on these after they left the oven. Very versatile and yummy recipe. No head of cauliflower will ever go bad in our fridge again.

  2. The flavours were fantastic but it didn’t crisp up for me and lots of crumb fell off. It would be good to know what size the floretes should be or if the breadcrumbs are fresh or dried – I assumed dried. Giving the oven temperature in Celsius would also be really helpful.

  3. Chelsea C

    DELICIOUS!! I made this last night for dinner… I used Cholula hot sauce and skipped the bread crumbs (currently trying to cut back on carbs) and it turned out fantastic! I ate the leftovers cold this morning! GREAT RECIPE! Thank you!

  4. This was PERFECTION. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfect! Definitely a go-to from now on!

  5. Marie Mashyna

    This was so delicious, we loved it! Used Cholula sauce instead with great results. Cooked it for 45 minutes, but may add 5-10 mins next time to make it even crispier. Can’t wait to make it again 🙂

  6. Bobbi Hoffman

    It seems like a liquid is missing. Adding only 2 Tbsp hot sauce to the bread crumbs, nutritional yeast, and dry spices results in a dry mixture that does not stick to the cauliflower when it is “tossed.” It definitely does not look like the photo.

    • Hey Bobbi, I’m so sorry this recipe didn’t turn out for you! I usually add the cauliflower to the bowl, then pour on the hot sauce, nutritional yeast and breadcrumbs over it and toss together rather than mixing those together separately to form a crumb mixture like you mentioned. Once it gets dumped onto the sheet pan you can sprinkle any excess crumbs over the top. You can also double the hot sauce for a larger head of cauliflower!

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