Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Capers & Panko

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Looking for an impressive veggie side dish that is easy to prepare? Bored of the same old cauliflower? This Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Capers & Panko has all the feels, tastes, and scents: garlicky, savory, & crunchy with a touch of heat and acid.

crispy roasted cauliflower with capers and panko
Roasted Cauliflower with Capers and Panko

Inspiration for this Recipe

The most delicious and memorable cauliflower dish I have ever had inspired this easy and tasty cauliflower recipe. About a month into becoming a new mom, our friends brought us a scrumptious takeout meal from one of our favorite spots, Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco. But surprisingly, it wasn’t the pizza that made the memory…it was their amazingly crunchy, spicy cauliflower.

Fast forward a few years…to cooking for my kiddos and wanting to expand their palates beyond simple dishes. Once I discovered that my kids love simple roasted cauliflower with olive oil and salt, I began trying to recreate that Delfina cauliflower on a milder scale. After a few tries, this simple roasted cauliflower recipe was born.

This side dish pairs well with many mains, from Italian or French-inspired to dinner or brunch.

One of my favorite pairing was with this scrumptious Easy JUST Egg Fritatta and garlic bread with this cauliflower recipe. It made a perfect breakfast for dinner thanks to the simple roasted cauliflower addition.

Here is my recipe for Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Capers & Panko:

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Garlicky Roasted Cauliflower with Capers and Panko

This veggie side dish is wow-worthy with all the feels, tastes, and scents: roasted garlic, panko crunch, savory capers, a touch of red pepper heat, and finished with fresh lemon for a perfect balance.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: breadcrumbs, capers, cauliflower, roasted cauliflower, veggie side
Servings: 6
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Jenn Freedman


  • 1 large cauliflower head, cut into bite-size pieces about 9 heaping cups
  • 3 tbsp roughly chopped garlic Do not chop too finely or it may burn
  • 3 tbsp capers
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 large lemon, squeezed or about 4 tsp
  • chopped green onions or chives for garnish optional


  • Set oven to 425 degrees.
  • Mix cauliflower, garlic, capers, olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper in mixing bowl.
  • Roast on non-stick baking sheet or parchment-lined baking sheet for about 20 minutes, moving/flipping at least once to prevent burn, until cauliflower begins to soften (see photo below).
  • Add panko breadcrumbs and gently mix in with tongs so that oil combines with panko.
  • Bake until cauliflower is golden brown and panko breadcrumbs are crisp, about 15 minutes more.
  • Take out of oven, gently mix again, and squeeze 1/2 lemon evenly over sheet. Taste. Adjust. Garnish with green onion or chives. Serve.

After roasting for about 20 minutes, cauliflower should begin to soften; take out of oven and fold in breadcrumbs (photo for reference).

ready to add in panko

And here is it is ready to come out for the fresh lemon!

finished oven roasted cauliflower with garlic, capers & panko

I hope you enjoy this tasty, easy cauliflower recipe. Please let me know what you think about my Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Capers & Panko by rating it below!



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