Whole Roasted Jerk Cauliflower (Vegan)

April 1, 2022

Roasted cauliflower like you've never had before, beautifully poached, seasoned and roasted til golden, this jerk cauliflower is bursting with flavour and a  delicious addition to any feasting table.

See the how-to video here :https://youtu.be/URIKZw8ebmU


1 medium-large cauliflower, leaves, stem on

For the poaching stock

1/2 cup white wine

1 cup water

2 cloves garlic, skin on, lightly crushed

1/2 tsp salt

1 1 handful fresh coriander, picked over

1 red chilli

6 black peppercorns

For basting

2-3 tbsp Nuttelex, melted

1/2 cup jerk seasoning

For jerk seasoning

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

2 tsp cayenne pepper *optional

2 tsp ground allspice

2 tsp salt

1 tsp cracked black pepper

1/2 tsp chilli flakes

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp mixed herbs


1Pre-heat oven to 200 C. Line a baking dish with baking paper. Ensure the dish will fit the cauliflower snugly

2Cut away the cauliflower leaves and stem then discard trimmings

3In a large saucepan, big enough to hold the size of the cauliflower, make a poaching stock from wine, water, salt, coriander, red chilli and black peppercorns

4Carefully place cauliflower in the pot. Bring liquid to the boil, then reduce to a low simmer, lid on to steam and par boil the cauliflower, making it more tender when roasted

5After around 5 minutes, carefully turn the cauliflower and replace the lid, steam-boil a further 2-3 minutes, depending on the size

6Using tongs, carefully lift out the cauliflower, rest in a colander until it is cool enough to handle with your hands, about 10 minutes

7Next, place in the lined backing dish. Mix melted Nuttelex and jerk seasoning together in a small bowl, then brush about a half of the amount liberally over the entire cauliflower

8Bake for about 20-25 minutes, basting constantly with basting ingredients. Turn cauliflower at regular intervals and continue until all of the basting ingredients have been utilised

9Remove from oven, cool slightly and serve whole as a centrepiece, or carefully slice into large cauliflower steaks

For the jerk seasoning

1Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl or pulse together in a small food processor for a finer mix