Smoky Cauliflower

// Smoky Cauliflower

Prep Time

3 mins

Cook Time

3-4 mins

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Smoked paprika, often overlooked, can bring a subtle yet delightful dimension to your dishes. Our Smoky Cauliflower recipe unveils the captivating charm of this underrated spice. As you delve into this culinary journey, you'll witness how smoked paprika, with its subtle yet alluring profile, can elevate even the most neutral of flavors, such as cauliflower. The result? A culinary masterpiece where the sweet and smoky notes entwine, creating a harmonious symphony of taste and aroma that's bound to delight your palate and elevate your dining experience.

American, Side Dishes, Vegetables, Cauliflower, Gluten-free, Vegan, football, keto, paleo, Deep Dish, Shallow Dish, whole30 Side Dishes, Vegetables

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Deep Dish

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The Medium Deep Dish


  • ½ lb (227g) cauliflower, medium florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Combine cauliflower, olive oil, smoked paprika, and salt in the Anyday dish. Toss to coat. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  3. Cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes, or until cauliflower is fork-tender.
  4. Transfer the cauliflower to a baking sheet and broil for 2-5 minutes or until slightly browned. Keep an eye on it, since it may brown quickly!
  5. Finish with lemon juice. Customize as desired or check out some of our suggestions below.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Top with freshly chopped cilantro, parsley, chives, mint, dill, or yogurt.
  • Add some black olives, and toasted almonds for a fun side dish.
  • Try as an omelet filling.

Recipe notes

  • If using frozen cauliflower add 1 teaspoon of water to get the steam going.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

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