Grilled Cauliflower

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The spices in this grilled cauliflower recipe have a Moroccan vibe that creates a delicious dish with a touch of heat that makes the cauliflower taste like it’s from somewhere exotic.

The smoked paprika and cumin complement the cauliflower’s natural flavors that get even better when they’ve been grilled. Using the grill to char vegetables is an excellent way to bring out a vegetable’s natural sugars and add some color.

This recipe works as a main course for a vegetarian meal or as a side dish for chicken and beef dishes.

Grilled Cauliflower Recipe

Grilled Cauliflower

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • In a small bowl mix the lemon juice, olive oil, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper together. The spices should form a nice little slurry with a dark red color.
  • Trim the bottom leaves off the cauliflower and discard them. Cut the remaining white part of the cauliflower into large bite sized pieces.
  • In a large bowl, mix the spices and the cauliflower together, making sure to coat all the pieces.
  • The cauliflower should be grilled on medium heat for 20 to 30 minutes. To help the cauliflower cook evenly mix the pieces up every 5 to 6 minutes. The cauliflower is done when it's cooked all the way through.


The easiest way to grill the cauliflower is to use a large flat grill pan. Grill baskets also work but require more stirring to make sure the cauliflower cooks evenly.
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