Green Curry Cauliflower

While there are many cauliflower recipes out there, this Green Curry Cauliflower is one of the best! Super simple to make and packed with flavor.

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Have you jumped on the cauliflower train yet? It’s seems you can make almost anything out of cauliflower. Rice, “wings”, mac and cheese and even mashed potatoes.

I recently saw a meme floating around that said something to the effect of “Can someone find me a recipe that makes cauliflower taste like Reese’s Cups?”

Reese Peanut Butter cups, no, but I can dress it up with a delicious Green Curry Sauce.

There are SO many ways to swap out cauliflower for carbs, and I personally love it and could eat it just about any way it can be prepared. (Okay, maybe not the Reese’s Cup recipe haha.)

I have a lot of cauliflower recipes on this site. Some of my favorites are Cauliflower Fried Rice, Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, Parmesan Cauliflower Pizza Crust, and Creamy Mashed Cauliflower.

Roast cauliflower and steamed cauliflower seem to be the most popular of cauliflower recipes. Blanched cauliflower is also super popular. Cooked, but still have some toothiness and texture to it. 

close up of cauliflower with green curry sauce

What is blanching?

The process of blanching is really simple. You basically cut vegetables (or even fruits) into uniform pieces, add the vegetables to a pot of boiling water for a short time (varies for different vegetables), and then immediately transfer them to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

Blanching is helpful when you are trying to freeze vegetables. It helps to prevent loss of color, texture and flavor that happens when freezing.

This guide has a list of blanching times by vegetable, and I found it to be super helpful. It is such an easy process, I recommend any home cook should try it! It is a great skill to have in your kitchen tool box.

Now back to the good stuff! Green Curry Cauliflower has a mild enough curry flavor that you don’t need to limit yourself to just making it with Thai or Indian recipes. In fact, it tastes more Mediterranean with the yogurt base than anything else. 

close up of roast cauliflower with sauce and parsley

Why You’ll Love This Green Curry Cauliflower

A simple side dish recipe made with only four ingredients- what’s not to love about this delicious cauliflower curry!

  • Simple ingredients – The ingredient list for this vegetable curry is super short- like only four ingredients short!
  • Full of flavor – My homemade green curry sauce is packed with ingredients like ginger and green curry paste, making it super flavorful.
  • Easy to make – The next time you need a quick side dish, you can have this cauliflower coconut curry ready in only 30 minutes.
overhead bowl of green curry cauliflower

Ingredients

You only need four simple ingredients to make this green curry cauliflower!

  • Cauliflower – You will use an entire head of cauliflower, but you’ll want it cut into cauliflower florets.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – You’ll toss the cauliflower in oil before baking. It’s the best way to help it soften and not stick to the pan. You can also use vegetable oil.
  • Green curry sauce – Check out my homemade recipe. It’s made from peanut oil, fresh ginger, green curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce. lime zest, lime juice, sugar, Kosher salt, cilantro and plain Greek yogurt.
  • Maldon sea salt – I use this as a garnish, so it’s totally optional. But the sea salt helps to bring out the flavors of the curry and fresh cauliflower.
glass jar of green curry sauce

How to Make Green Curry Cauliflower

You are going to love how easy it is to make this delicious cauliflower recipe!

  1. Prepare oven and pan. Preheat the oven and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Toss in olive oil. Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil and arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake. Roast until golden and tender.
  4. Toss in green curry sauce. Transfer to a mixing bowl and toss with green curry sauce.
  5. Garnish and serve. Sprinkle with Maldon sea salt. Serve immediately.

How to Serve Green Curry Cauliflower

I served this batch (roasted) alongside grilled steaks with a leafy green salad. It made for a quick and easy side dish that I felt good about serving to my family. Feel free to prepare your cauliflower however you’d like and toss with the delicious sauce.

You can either serve this cauliflower as a main dish or as a side dish. If you’re following a vegetarian diet, it’s great to serve as a main dish with other fresh veggies. Things like butternut squash, green peas or sweet potatoes would be great.

You can also throw a starch in there. Rice like basmati rice, white rice, brown rice or jeera rice. And you can’t have a good curry without some delicious naan bread!

close up of cauliflower with green curry sauce

Variations

There are plenty of ways you can make this green curry cauliflower recipe your own.

  • Make it spicy – If you’re a fan of spicy curry, try adding some red chili powder to really take your taste buds on a ride.
  • Vegan curry – If you’re following a vegan lifestyle, you can make this creamy cauliflower curry with full-fat coconut milk instead of greek yogurt.
  • Onion – Try adding some other vegetables in with your small florets. Red onion or yellow onion would be a great addition. 

Storage and Freezing

Storage: You can store any leftover green curry cauliflower in an airtight container. It will stay in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Freezing: I do not recommend freezing this dish. The sauce will make the cauliflower become quite soggy.

close up of roast cauliflower with sauce and parsley

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I serve this dish cold?

You sure can! Green curry sauce tastes amazing hot or cold. You might want to add a sprinkle of Maldon Sea Salt to the top as cold sauces get a little muted and need to have the seasoning corrected. 

Is green curry sauce spicy?

Some green curries might be spicy, but this particular green curry recipe is actually more sweet. If you wanted to add a little heat, try adding 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. 

What does cauliflower taste like?

Cauliflower on it’s own does not have a very strong flavor. In fact, it’s quite bland. That’s what makes it such a good staple to use in so many recipes!

Can cauliflower be frozen?

It sure can! Just make sure to blanch it first, like mentioned in the post above.

collage of green curry cauliflower with parsley garnish

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close up of cauliflower with green curry sauce

Green Curry Cauliflower Recipe

5 from 4 votes
If you're looking for a roasted cauliflower recipe that doesn't lack on flavor, this Green Curry Cauliflower is it!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set aside.
  • Toss the cauliflower with the olive oil and arrange in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  • Roast until golden and tender, about 15 minutes, more or less depending on how large you cut the florets.
  • Transfer the cauliflower to a mixing bowl and toss with the green curry sauce.
  • Sprinkle with the Maldon sea salt. Serve immediately.
  • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.

Nutrition

Calories: 132 kcal, Carbohydrates: 10 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 44 mg, Potassium: 430 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 5 g, Vitamin A: 4658 IU, Vitamin C: 72 mg, Calcium: 73 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Calories: 132
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, Mediterranean, Thai
Keyword: herb roasted cauliflower, roast cauliflower
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    What an incredible recipe! It has quickly become a family favorite in our home; can’t wait to make this again! Delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    This was delicious and added so much flavor! I love your idea of adding the sauce to noodles too. I’m going to try that next week. Thanks so much!