Chilli Bacon Lime Roasted Cauliflower

Last night I saw some leftover cauliflower on my vegetable bin and was wondering what to make out of it, so it does not go to waste. Many things came to mind like cauliflower rice, cauliflower curry, in tomato sauce or with cheese sauce or as a cheese sauce but I want something that has zing and freshness to it since I am making it as a side dish to a light mains. As I checked the cupboard I saw some dried chillies, chilli powder and some paprika, that did solved my problem as it will definitely will give the cauliflower some punch but it does not end there, so to make it even more exciting, I tossed some bacon bits and lime juice for that added flavour and this my friends was the result.

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Chilli Bacon Lime Roasted Cauliflower 1

Chilli Bacon Lime Roasted Cauliflower

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Freestyle


Chilli Bacon Lime Roasted Cauliflower is an easy side dish of roasted cauliflower seasoned with garlic and chilli dressed in scallion lime juice served with crispy bacon bits.



  • 1 medium cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 pcs streaky bacon, sliced
  • 2 tbsp dried red chillies, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • chopped coriander, to garnish
  • lime wedges, to serve


  1. In a large bowl toss together all ingredients apart from the coriander and lemon wedges.
  2. Place in a baking tray lined with baking paper then spread it out in one layer.
  3. Roast in a 210C preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until edges are crisp and brown.
  4. Served tossed with coriander and lime wedges.


7 Responses

  1. Bacon makes everything taste BETTER and roasting definitely brings out the best flavour of cauliflower.

  2. ChefMimi says:

    Wonderful! This could be a perfect dinner for me! Love the spicy ness.

  3. suituapui says:

    That’s an idea. Always don’t know what to do with cauliflower!

  4. What a fun idea as a way to use leftover cauliflower! Cauliflower has always been one of those “other veggies” to me…I just have a hard time getting on board with it. But roasted with bacon and these seasonings? I think this just might need to happen in our house. Wonderful photos, my friend!

  5. Great combination — the salty, sour, spicy, and sweet!

  6. Now that is some PERFECTLY charred cauliflower! It’s a simple vegetable that is just so much about texture and the flavors you layer on top. You’ve nailed it with this recipe!

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