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How To Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower

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Have you heard of Caulilini baby cauliflower? It’s a trendy new vegetable that is slowly showing up in most grocery stores. Today I’m here to introduce you to this delicious vegetable and how to roast caulilini baby cauliflower. 

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower on a sheet pan

Have you heard of caulilini baby cauliflower?

I read an article saying it was going to be the hit vegetable of 2020 so I immediately set out to find it. It wasn’t easy to find at first but I finally managed to find it at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. 

Since I’m a lover of all things roasted I decided I had to grab a bag of this deliciousness and give it a roast. And of course share it with all of you just in case you see it in the store and think to yourself “um, what is this?” 

I know that roasting a vegetable is a super simple recipe BUT it’s a great way to show off its true beauty. 

And don’t worry if you’re not into simple roasted vegetables. I have a few more recipes coming up that will showcase this caulilini in even more delicious ways! 

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower uncooked in the store bag

What is caulilini baby cauliflower?

Besides being adorable caulilini is just another variety of cauliflower. It’s not a hybrid or a GMO it’s just good old fashioned cauliflower. I should note, even if it was a hybrid or GMO (I don’t hate science) I would still love it. 

It’s actually an Asian variety of cauliflower that is just now turning up in the US. In fact, when caulilini was first available it was only sold to restaurants. Who knew vegetables worked like that?

The thing I love the most about baby cauliflower is that it’s super tender. That means you can eat the stem without peeling or chewing heavily for 5 minutes. 

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower uncooked on a sheet pan

Does it go by any other names?

Yes – sorta. 

So I did a lot of research on Caulilini and here is what I learned. Caulilini is the name given to this type of cauliflower by Mann’s Food Service BUT it goes by other names around the world. 

Here are a few:

  • Karifurore
  • Stick Cauliflower
  • Fioretto
  • Flowering cauliflower
  • Biancoli 
  • Loose cauliflower
  • Sweet sprouting cauliflower

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower roasted on a sheet pan

How to cook caulilini baby cauliflower?

For this recipe, I obviously went roasted. I LOVE a good roasted vegetable and I just can’t see myself not almost exclusively wanting to eat this (and almost every other) vegetable roasted. 

BUT if roasted vegetables aren’t your thing I’m happy to report that blanched and steamed both results in a tasty spear of baby cauliflower. Just finish it off with a little pat of salted butter and you’re set. 

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower close up shot

Liked learning how to roast caulilini baby cauliflower? 

Why not try some of my other delicious vegetable side dishes! 

How to Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower close up shot

How To Roast Caulilini Baby Cauliflower


  • 12 ounces baby cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. On a rimmed baking sheet add baby cauliflower.
  3. Drizzle baby cauliflower with olive oil, kosher salt, and black pepper.
  4. Toss to combine and spread out baby cauliflower so it's not overlapping.
  5. Roast for about 10-15 minutes or until you have reached your desired doneness. I like to roast mine closer to 15 minutes as it gives me some darker brown char on the ends of the baby cauliflower.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 542mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

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Saturday 15th of February 2020

wow, hadn't ever worked with this ingredient even though I'm in Trafer Joes daily! I'm tired of eating regular cauliflower or broccoli, so will definitely try it, thank you!