Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric Tahini


Last Updated on January 20, 2024

Flavorful, whole roasted cauliflower seasoned with a few simple spices and topped with the most delicious turmeric tahini sauce. A delicious side dish to serve to your family and friends!

whole roasted cauliflower

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Whole roasted cauliflower always seems more intimidating than it is. It takes a little more baking time than roasting florets, but is a delicious way to change up your veggie game and impress your guests.

Whether you’re serving it as a side dish or main course, it’s packed with flavor, cooks perfectly and tastes fancier than it is!

whole roasted cauliflower

How to make whole roasted cauliflower

Whole roasted cauliflower comes together in just a few easy steps.

  1. First, you need to boil the cauliflower
  2. After its boiled, season it with the spice mixture and a good quality olive oil
  3. Roast it in the oven for about 40 minutes, then broil it for 3-4 minutes
  4. While that bakes, prepare your golden tahini sauce
  5. Serve your cauliflower fresh out of the oven with the tahini sauce

Boiling the cauliflower before roasting it helps cook it through evenly, leaving you with the most buttery bites of cauliflower.

It’s perfectly seasoned with some salt, pepper, cumin and paprika and gets beautifully browned all around.

whole roasted cauliflower

Creamy Turmeric Tahini Sauce

The flavors in the tahini sauce pair so well with the roasted cauliflower. It has a slight hint of turmeric, with a gorgeous yellow color. This sauce can be made up to a week in advance, and paired with so many different foods!

Other ways to serve the turmeric tahini sauce:

  • spread it in a wrap or sandwich with roasted veggies
  • use is as a dipped sauce for grilled chicken or tofu
  • pour is over your favorite grain or buddha bowl- like this Sweet Potato Feta Bowl

If you’re preparing the sauce in advance, you can thin it out as needed with a little bit of water if it thickens in the fridge.

whole roasted cauliflower

Preparing your cauliflower ahead of time

The cauliflower is best served fresh, To save some prep time, it can be boiled in advance and seasoned then baked right before serving it.

This veggie dish is absolutely incredible, and can be served alongside your favorite proteins and salads.

You guys are going to love this dish- I can’t wait to see your remakes on Instagram!

whole roasted cauliflower

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Turmeric Tahini

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NOTES: for smaller heads of cauliflower, I suggest cutting the salt in half


  • 1 large head of cauliflower

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 black pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 paprika

  • 1 tsp 1 garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 cumin

  • 2 tbsp 2 olive oil

  • Fresh cilantro or parsley, to top

  • Turmeric Tahini
  • 1/4 cup 1/4 tahini (sesame paste)

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 cold water

  • 1.5 tbsp 1.5 lemon juice

  • 1 tsp 1 garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 turmeric

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 salt


  • Preheat your oven to 400 F.
  • Rinse the cauliflower well and cut off the leaves. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and and boil the cauliflower for 20 minutes.
  • Drain the water and gently remove the cauliflower. Place it into a deep baking dish or on a sheet pan
  • Mix the salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder and paprika together in a small bowl with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Brush the marinade over the cauliflower making sure to coat it fully all around.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, then broil on high for the last 3 minutes.
  • For the turmeric tahini, whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water as needed.
  • Pour over the cauliflower when ready to serve and top with fresh cilantro or parsley and sesame seeds.

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  1. Elizabeth

    Delicious! I cut apart the cauliflower, tossed w the spices then roasted them. Then tossed with the tahini sauce, so good! (We did add some red pepper flakes since we like spice).

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