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This Crispy Roasted Blackened Cauliflower with Burrata and Herbs is THE best any night of the week dinner or side dish. We’re taking your everyday roasted cauliflower and updating it with a homemade blackened seasoning, creamy burrata cheese, and lots of fresh spring herbs. This cauliflower is spicy and crispy, and the burrata is warm and melty. Together they’re the perfect balance of flavor and texture. And most importantly…delicious!

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I almost never share a recipe like this, but I think this might just be my favorite recipe of the week. I’ve had this idea for a while. But I hesitated to create it only because I wasn’t sure you all needed yet another cauliflower recipe. But something told me I needed to make this. So I finally gave it a try, and wow, it turned out even better than imagined.

This is honestly so delicious. And while I know that typically we might look at a roasted vegetable like this as a side dish. This is hearty enough to be considered a main too. Trust me, this cauliflower is that good.

prep photo of seasoning blend

The Inspiration

With spring here and summer quickly approaching, I’ve definitely been inspired to create some lighter recipes with vegetables as more of the focus.

Salads, spring pasta, maybe a pizza or two. And then dishes like this, where the vegetable is really the star.

And then, I’ve been loving creating seasoning blends, and since blackened seasoning is one of my favorites to throw on vegetables, I was excited to try it out on this cauliflower. The burrata came in after the fact. And the herbs were added more for color, but ended up being my favorite part!

prep photo of Cauliflower before roasting

The Details

Start with the cauliflower, which is obviously the heart of this recipe.

I wanted to make an extra crispy roasted cauliflower. Originally I wanted to make a whole roasted cauliflower, but after testing out that method of cooking, I quickly switch gears to simple roasted florets. I thought the whole roasted cauliflower tasted just ok and took way longer than needed. This is simple and I think it tastes much, much better.

I cut the cauliflower into large florets, then tossed them up with olive oil, smoky paprika, chili powder, and a few other dry spices. By the time the cauliflower comes out of the oven, it’s extra crispy with just the right amount of char and so much flavor. It is delicious! Especially with the creamy burrata on top.

prep photo of herbs

But before the burrata, make the herb salad. Trust me, you NEED this too.

I used a bunch of mixed herbs, basil, cilantro, dill, and chives. Then I gave them a rough chop and tossed them together with a mix of toasted nuts and seeds, garlic, red wine vinegar, and lots of olive oil and sea salt.

Simple but so much flavor.

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Plating everything together…

I love to spoon the warm cauliflower onto a plate, then break the burrata over the roasted florets. The cheese melts into the cauliflower to create the most delicious combination of crispy, spicy cauliflower and creamy cheese. The herbs add a really nice flavor and of course great color too!

It’s different, but so, so good.

overhead close up photo of Crispy Roasted Blackened Cauliflower with Burrata and Herbs

And again, the crispy cauliflower is a game-changer. The flavor is a little spicy, but the burrata adds a creaminess that balances it out.

Serve this all on its own, as a main course with a side of crusty bread, or as a side dish. Either way, it’s going to be well-loved by all.

Crispy Roasted Blackened Cauliflower with Burrata and Herbs | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other spring recipes? Here are some of my favorites:

Crispy Cauliflower Tinga Tacos with Honey Lime Avocado Crema

Lebanese Chicken with Charred Lemon Cauliflower

20 Minute Orzo Carbonara with Crispy Prosciutto and Burrata

Lastly, if you make this Crispy Roasted Blackened Cauliflower with Burrata and Herbs. be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Crispy Roasted Blackened Cauliflower with Burrata and Herbs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 363 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 425° F.
    2. On a baking sheet, combine the cauliflower, 1/3 cup olive oil, paprika, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, chili flakes, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15 minutes, or until tender. Toss the cauliflower and add the lemon wedges. Roast another 15 minutes, until charred.
    3. Meanwhile, make the herb salad. In a bowl, combine the herbs, nuts/seeds, garlic, vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and a pinch each of chili flakes and salt.
    4. To serve, arrange the cauliflower on a serving plate. Break the burrata over the cauliflower. Sprinkle the herb salad over everything, then drizzle the burrata with olive oil. Eat warm and enjoy!!

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  1. This was fantastic! One of the best new recipes I’ve tried. The herb salad makes it a meal. I made your fall salad last week and had leftover spiced pepitas and used these with some pine nuts and it was outstanding.

    1. Hi Molly,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

  2. 5 stars
    Hello Tieghan,
    I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while but this was the first of many of your recipes that I wanted to try and it did not disappoint. Just a great combination of flavors. Definitely will throw this one in the rotation going forward. Thanks for sharing

    1. Hey Mike,
      Wonderful! I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thank you so much for giving the recipe a try!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jennifer,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe bops. As someone finally getting over their vegetable aversion (I think cauliflower is my gateway veggie) this is really tasty. I made it with the lebanese chicken skewers and now I want to make something similar for lunch now every day with this as a side. Thanks for making vegetables taste good! Yum.

    1. Hey Gwen,
      Wonderful! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    Have made this 3 times and people love it! It’s easy, delicious and healthy if you can be smart about the burrata (not always easy I know). So much flavor. Thanks so much, am new to your blog and am loving your ideas and photos.

    1. Hi Paula,
      Happy Friday!! I am delighted that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    This was incredible. My wife and I loved this so much. My only challenge with recipes like this is that the cauliflower never crisps up. Might that mean I’m using too much oil or need to cook it longer?

    1. Hey Alnoor,
      Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! You may need to cook it longer, also it is key not to overcrowd your baking sheet. Have a wonderful week:) xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    My daughter made this for me and it was absolutely delicious! You have to make this. I made it for Father’s Day with steak and rice pilaf. The herb salad is the icy on the “cake”. It is amazing. The herb salad is so delicious so I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for other ways to use it. Thank you for this magic in your mouth recipe!!!!

    1. Hey Tricia,
      Wonderful! I am so glad this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for making it! Have a lovely week:) xTieghan

  7. This was SO SO good. I can’t wait to make it again. We used parsley from our garden and toasted some sourdough. Thank you for this! ❤️

    1. Hey Katherine,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I am so excited that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    Wow! Can I give this an 11/10?! It’s incredible. The herb salad and lemon makes it. I used parsley, dill and mostly basil. Will make again and again!

    1. Hey Jesse,
      Wonderful! That’s so great to hear this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great Friday:) xTieghan

  9. My husband has declared this his favorite way to eat cauliflower 🙌🏻 I’ve made it twice now and have changed up the nuts/herbs depending on what I have on hand and it’s been delicious both times!

  10. 5 stars
    I made this recipe this past weekend and the entire family loved it. It’s definitely a keeper. The burrata and herb salad are such a great touch. Thank you!

    1. Hey Denise,
      Awesome! I am thrilled this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! xTieghan

  11. This was great, thank you! We used cilantro, basil and walnuts in the herb salad; a little flat bread on the side. Everyone from the college kids to the ‘gotta have meat with every meal’ hubby enjoyed this one.

    1. Hey Michele,
      Fantastic! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xTieghan

    1. Hey Pam,
      Happy Friday!! I am so excited that this recipe was enjoyed, I appreciate you giving it a try!! xTieghan

  12. I made this tonight; replacing the burrata cheese with mozzarella pearls. It was very good! My middle schoolers went for seconds, then thirds! What a great dish!

  13. 5 stars
    So delicious!! I used pine nuts and the herbs I had on hand were basil, rosemary and a little cilantro. My new go-to cauliflower recipe.

  14. 5 stars
    This was SERIOUSLY good. You are right – you really cannot skip the herby salad or the burrata. It all comes together. I will definitely be making this again. So delish!

    1. Hey Amy,
      Fantastic! I am thrilled this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

  15. 5 stars
    You had me at burrata.
    This was a beautiful and easy meal! My husband was delighted. Thanks so much for the recipe. I’m adding to my rotation!

    1. Hey Karen,
      Wonderful!! I am so so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    I was skeptical but this turned out amazing! Super flavorful with all the spices offset by the cool creaminess of the burrata. With some nice crunchy bread, it was enough for a meal.

    1. Hey Lora,
      Wonderful!! I am so so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Happy Sunday! xTieghan

  17. 5 stars
    This was AMAZING and a total keeper!
    I followed the recipe exactly and I couldnt get enough of this. The flavors were wonderful. Will make again and again and again. Had is with roasted chicken!!!!

    1. Hey Randi,
      Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  18. I really like to have cauliflower a lot on my menu. Cauliflower is my all-time favorite among the others. The information that you have shared about the crispy roasted blackened cauliflower looks interesting altogether. I would surely like to taste it at least once to have a good experience of it.
    Thank you for sharing this information with us about this cauliflower recipe. Keep sharing more such useful food-related articles with us in the future also.

  19. 5 stars
    Wow! This recipe was really great! It even tasted delicious the next day for lunch! Thank you for another creative dish.

    1. Hey Laurel,
      Fantastic!! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

  20. Hi! I am making this for a group dinner. Should I wait and add the burrata just before we eat or will it be okay to reheat/keep warm in the oven with the burrata already added? Thanks!

    1. Hey Allison,
      I would wait to add the burrata right before serving. I hope you love this dish, let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

    1. Hey Katie,
      Awesome!! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a go! xTieghan

    1. Hey Cindy,
      So great to hear! Love that this recipe was enjoyed and thanks so much for making it! Have a great week🌟 xTieghan

  21. We made it tonight at we’re blown away! One question, the cauliflower didn’t get as crispy and blackened as yours, even with 10 more minutes in the oven. What kind of pan did you use? We used a baking pan, not a cookie sheet (if that’s what you used?) Thank you!

    1. Hey Shannon,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try! Here is the link for the pan that I use, it is also key not to overcrowd your pan for crispy results:
      https://shopstyle.it/l/bqvJk
      Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  22. 4 stars
    This was delicious as expected! For future, wonder how many cups your large cauliflower is? Thanks so much.

    1. Hey Deb,
      So so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Sorry I am unsure of the exact cups of my cauliflower, really you can use as much or little as you want. Happy Sunday:) xTieghan

  23. Hi There…Made your Blackened cauliflower without cayenne and hot pepper(I’m not a fan of hot spice) and it was amazing. I could have eaten the whole dish. Your recipes are so awesome. Going to make your Brown Butter Popovers for breakfast tomorrow. I’m sure Ill love them! Thank you for your creative cooking genius!!!!

    1. Hey Bev,
      So so glad this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! Happy Sunday:) xTieghan

  24. Do you just roast the lemon wedges with the cauliflower at that stage or squeeze them over the cauliflower?

    1. Hey April,
      You will want to roast the lemons as well. I hope you love this dish, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  25. This was THE best recipe I’ve made so far!!! (Which is so hard to say because I LOVE your recipes!) but omg, so amazing. I’m making it again this week!!!

    1. Hey Anna,
      Thank you so much for giving this recipe a try, I am delighted that it was enjoyed!! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  26. 5 stars
    This was amazing!!!!
    I didn’t have cauliflower, I made it with chicken. I only had parsley and I didn’t feel like toasting the pecans. Each bite with the burrata, and parsley and the seasoning on the meat. So So good & had it on the table in less than 30 minutes.
    You’ve done it again! Thank You for all your delicious recipes! Jojotherott 💕🐾

    1. Hey Tina,
      Awesome! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

  27. This looks delicious. Can you explain what you did with the lemon to get the cauliflower more crispy?

    1. Hey Julie,
      I just roasted the lemon with the cauliflower. For crispy cauliflower, it is key not to overcrowd the pan:) I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  28. 4 stars
    Excellent. Rare to make a recipe online that’s this good. Wonderful how the burrata cuts the spice, and the herb nut salad an excellent addition. Thank you.

    1. Hey Susan,
      Awesome! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

    1. Hey Natalie,
      Sure, that will work just fine. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know how the recipe turns out! xTieghan

  29. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I couldn’t find burrata cheese so I subbed ricotta and some fresh mozzarella, honestly the ricotta was better than the mozzarella. The herb salad is a must as well as the lemons roasting with the cauliflower. It all blended so well together! Looking forward to making it again sometime with the burrata. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Hey Patti,
      Awesome! I am thrilled that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

  30. Hi there!! My mouth is watering…and I am making a grocery list….with this on it!! Please share what kinds of seeds and nuts you used? I was thinking pumpkin seeds, pistachios, almond chunks? What about you?
    Thx!

    1. Hey Jacki,
      I used pistachios and pumpkin seeds, but any variety of nuts that you enjoy will be great! I hope you enjoy the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  31. 5 stars
    I made Crispy Roasted Blackened Cauliflower with Burrata and Herbs last night–outstanding! For the nuts/seeds, I used chopped, toasted walnuts and pepitas combined with fresh dill, basil, a little cilantro, and rosemary, but herbs can be adjusted to preferences. This gremolata-type sauce pairs so well with the creaminess of the burrata and the spices used on the cauliflower. I served the blackened cauliflower with baked cod, so we used the charred lemon wedges to drizzle over all. The cauliflower recipe was a hit, and I’ll be making it again soon. Thanks for another great recipe, Tieghan.

    1. Hey Joan,
      I am so excited that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for giving it a try! 💕Tieghan

  32. 5 stars
    burrata, always and have never paired with cauliflower, not even in mashed cauliflower (there’s a good idea) another wonderful way to make cauliflower taste like something other than the plainest food in the veg kingdom, so thank you!

  33. Hi Tieghan – Where do you recommend buying burrata from? I’ve had some not so great grocery store ones.

    1. Hey Vivek,
      I always get my burrata from Whole Foods, they seem to have the best options near me:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  34. Genuinely only recently discovered how great cauliflower can be, and I’m in my 30s! Looks like I NEED to try this recipe!

    1. Hey Sue,
      You can just skip the cilantro:) Any mix of herbs that you enjoy will work here. Let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Amy,
      I used pistachios and pumpkin seeds, but use whatever you like! I hope you enjoy there recipe, let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

    1. Hey Ann,
      I used pistachios and pumpkin seeds, but use whatever you like! I hope you love this recipe, please let me know how it turns out! xTieghan

  35. Good Morning.
    Substitute for burrata cheese,..as I am unable to get to the store. Actually do not think I have used it.
    Thanks.

    1. Hey there,
      Fresh mozzarella or buffalo mozzarella will also work well here! I hope you enjoy the recipe:) xTieghan

  36. Oh wow this looks amazing and funnily enough I was deciding on a vegetarian dish for dinner this evening, so I think that I will give this a whirl. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  37. will be making this soon can i leave out burrata cheese as am a vegan or can i use vegan cheese instead let me know perfect for my after office meals will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya