Roast Cauliflower Recipe with Bacon and Garlic

A simple and delicious roast cauliflower recipe featuring bacon and garlicky goodness. A super side dish!

delicious roasted cauliflower on a plate

Why This Roast Cauliflower Recipe Is So Good

  • Sprinkled with crispy bacon and garlic.
  • A super easy side dish.
  • Great for serving a big crowd – double the batch

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic cloves
  • Bacon
  • Olive
  • Salt and pepper

How To Make This Roast Cauliflower Recipe – Step By Step

  • 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.

 

crispy bacon on cauliflower

Great Side Dish For A Big Crowd

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.

 

dish with cauliflower on it

A Delicious And Simple Side Dish

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 – easy!

cauliflower before roasting

Cheesy Roast Cauliflower

If you want, you can even finish the roasted cauliflower off with a good snowfall of freshly grated parmesan cheese or even put some blue cheese in top of the cauliflower while it bakes,

But I think it’s perfect as it is!

close up of roast cauliflower

Top Tips For This Roast Cauliflower Recipe

  • The smaller you cut the cauliflower, the faster this cooks.
  • The oven temp needs to be high enough to get crispy, golden edges. Not so high that the olive oil burns, which both smells and tastes bad – 375 is good.
  • Don’t stop too soon, or you’ll miss out on some of that caramelization that I keep talking about. Roast until the florets are deeply golden on the undersides, with some brown spots on top. 
  • Flip over all the pieces halfway through baking, so each side gets a chance to caramelize.

roast cauliflower on plate

Want More Ideas?

Have you tried this Roast Cauliflower with Bacon and Garlic? Feel free to leave a star rating and I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

4 from 2 votes
Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Bacon and Garlic
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower and bacon, roast cauliflower, roasted cauliflower
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 129 kcal
Author: Jaden Hair
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. On a baking sheet, toss together the cauliflower, garlic slices, bacon and olive oil.
  2. Roast for 20-25 minutes until bacon is crisp and cauliflower is cooked through.
  3. Season with the roasted cauliflower with salt and pepper to taste.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Bacon and Garlic
Amount Per Serving
Calories 129 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 226mg10%
Potassium 481mg14%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 71mg86%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.