Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Garlic

When a recipe calls for bacon, I instinctively double the amount to cook, because in our household, just-cooked bacon sitting on the counter (even those waiting to be incorporated into a yet unfinished dish) is fair game to steal. Even I can’t resist the urge to take a little nibble here and there, and pretty soon there’s no more bacon for the meal.

Cooking an extra batch solves the problem, doubles the delight and allows me to finish the dish properly. The unfortunate consequence is, of course the extra calories consumed, though I think some of you would reason that nibbles and crumbs don’t really count.


This recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon and Garlic is so simple that I even hesitate to write out a recipe. Toss cauliflower florets with olive oil, bacon and garlic. Roast for 20 minutes at 375F and then season with salt.

The bacon crisps the same time as the cauliflower cooks and the garlic get a nice toasting as well.

The smaller you cut the cauliflower, the faster this cooks.

If you want, you can even finish the roasted cauliflower off with a good snowfall of freshly grated parmesan cheese.

But I think it’s perfect as it is. Recipe at the bottom of post.

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Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Bacon and Garlic

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 20

This Roasted Cauliflower recipe only takes 5 minutes hands-on! Sometimes, we add fresh grated cheese at the end, just before serving.


1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
6 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
3 strips bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
2 teaspoons olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375F. On a baking sheet, toss together the cauliflower, garlic slices, bacon and olive oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes until bacon is crisp and cauliflower is cooked through. Season with the roasted cauliflower with salt and pepper to taste.

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Comments 93

  1. Dana

    Mine took a long time, too. Perhaps it was because I cooked mine in a casserole pan – how about you?

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  3. Jenna

    So excited to eat this for dinner tonight! We usually eat it about once a month as a meal and it is FANTASTIC. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Kristin

    Oh my! This is truly the BEST cauliflower recipe. Ultra easy and super yummy. I could eat this as a main course!

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  10. Roxie

    Just checked on mine after 20 minutes and it wasn’t enough time to crisp the bacon, so I’m letting it roast for another 15 minutes

  11. Maureen

    This was delicious. I only used 2 strips bacon. I also baked at 400 for about 25 minutes. Super yummy!

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  14. Megan

    This is a SPECTACULAR paleo meal! I flipped everything about 10 mins in and finished after a total of 25 mins at 375. A little nutritional yeast made it INSANE! Thank you!

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  16. Patricia

    We just had this tonight. I cooked a bit longer and added extra garlic. Se are in seventh heaven. I never thought I would say that about cauliflower. Wow! Wow! Wow!

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      1. marsh

        ooooohhhhh maaaannnnn, this was so worth the gas in my belly afterwards! this didn’t even have a chance, husband and i ate/finished it straight from the oven. we just started picking at it and ended up finishing it! thanks for the recipe.

  18. Andi

    I have been making this at least 2-3x a month for over a year! Just googled it to send a friend the link and wanted to say “Thank you!”. We really enjoy this recipe and it is my fave “go to” when the none-paleo crowd is coming over for dinner.

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  19. Laura

    I may be missing something, but do you cook the bacon first, THEN put it in the dish with the cauliflower and garlic, or just allow it to cook in the oven? This looks fantastic and can’t wait to try and get my vegie-phobic, bacon-loving hubby to try this!

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  20. Drienne912

    So good!! I only used one clove of garlic because six seemed like way too much (and I didn’t have that on hand). I added about a half of a small onion and some bread crumbs, mixed it all together in a bowl before roasting. Then added it to whole wheat pasta. My boyfriend and I loved it! Thanks for the great recipe!

  21. Marie

    Found this on Pinterest and it is a huge hit! My husband says he doesn’t care if it’s healthy, it’s his new favorite side dish. And I grew up eating very few vegetables, but this recipes opened my eyes and has me trying others. Thank you

  22. Sarah

    I followed the recipe as read but we added one tablespoon Red Boat Fish Sauce.

    I feel like it gave the side a perfect savory/salty addition.

    Thanks for the recipe! Now will be the perfect side to bring to BBQs 🙂

  23. Tammie Martinez

    I have been making this for several years, never added bacon though! We eat this like popcorn at our home!

  24. Rach's Recipes

    Don’t you just love how versatile cauliflower is? I made this last night as an appetizer and it was delicious! But as I love cheese, I sprinkled some mozzarella and cheddar too just on the cauliflower florets while it baked – perfect for cheese lovers, really good.

  25. Sandra

    I’m going to try this tonight I hope my husband likes it we’ve getting bored with just plain cauliflower so hopefully we like this. Will let u know if it’s a hit thanks for the recipe.

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      Hope he loves it! Even if you don’t have the bacon and garlic – just make the roasted cauliflower – it’s delicious!

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