Miso Peanut Butter Whole Roasted Cauliflower


This Asian-inspired Miso Gochujang Peanut Butter Glazed Whole Roasted Cauliflower is a veggie-forward show-stopper perfect for the holidays, whether you’re having it as a vegan main course of a vegetarian meal or serving it as a side dish or appetizer. Gluten-free and refined sugar-free.

a wedge of a whole glazed peanut butter miso roasted cauliflower served with rice

This Asian-inspired miso & peanut butter whole roasted cauliflower recipe is incredibly easy and requires just about 15 minutes of active kitchen time but delivers a healthy vegan main that’s impressive enough for entertaining during the holidays. I like to make this whole miso glazed roasted cauliflower as the main dish but you can also serve it as a shared side for dinner parties or weeknight meals!

side view of an Asian glazed whole roasted cauliflower with miso peanut butter glaze

An umami-rich sweet and spicy peanut butter miso gochujang glaze with fresh ginger adds tons of flavor to the cauliflower. It has miso peanut butter and Korean gochujang to make up a deep complex flavor profile! Serve this whole roasted cauliflower with veggies, some steamed rice, or a side salad.

overhead shot of peanut butter miso roasted cauliflower

This is really the best roasted cauliflower head I have ever tried and I can’t wait for you to try it out! If you like the concept of whole roasted cauliflower, but with more traditional flavors, you might also want to try my simple oven-roasted herbed cauliflower.

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Spicy Miso Peanut Butter Whole Roasted Cauliflower

This Asian-inspired Miso Gochujang Peanut Butter Glazed Whole Roasted Cauliflower is a veggie-forward show-stopper perfect for the holidays, whether you’re having it as a vegan main course of a vegetarian meal or serving it as a side dish or appetizer. Gluten-free and refined sugar-free.

Prep Time15 mins

Cook Time50 mins

Total Time1 hr 5 mins

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Asian fusion

Keyword: gochujang roasted cauliflower, miso roasted cauliflower, whole roasted cauliflower

Servings: 4

Calories: 259kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup (2.26 oz) carrots
  • 6-8 ounces (6 ounces) mushroom like crimini or white quartered or sliced 1/8 inch thick

For the marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek or Asian chili sauce of choice
  • 1 tablespoon Korean gochujang or you can use more sambal oelek
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce, tamari for Glutenfree
  • 1/3 cup (3.03 oz) smooth peanut butter or use almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons miso
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.25 teaspoon) salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup (2.09 oz) water
  • Green onion for garnish

Instructions

  • Prep your cauliflower by removing the hard stem of the cauliflower. Then use your knife or a skewer to poke some holes on top of the cauliflower as well as base/stem side of your cauliflower.

  • Slice up your mushrooms and carrots.

  • Find a dish that fits the cauliflower but only has 1-2 inches space around the cauliflower.

  • Grease the dish and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit(200c ). Place the cauliflower in the dish and bake for 10-12 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, prepare the marinade: Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

  • Remove the cauliflower from the oven then let it cool for 3 minutes so that you can handle it carefully. Flip the cauliflower and pour some of the marinade through the stem area so that it coats the inside of the florets.

  • Then flip it and brush some marinade all over the cauliflower really well. Place the cauliflower in the baking dish again and put it in the oven to bake.

  • Remove after another 15 minutes. Reduce the baking temperature to 375 degrees F(190 c)

  • Add in the carrots and mushrooms around the cauliflower. Drizzle some of the marinade all over. Also , baste/brush the cauliflower with more of the marinade. Add 3 tablespoons of water in the blender to rinse out the blender and pour that on the side of the cauliflower over the mushrooms and carrots.

  • Place the dish in the oven and cover it lightly with a foil and continue to bake for another 20 minutes.

  • Check if your cauliflower is done to preference. Otherwise, you can bake for another 5 minutes or so.

  • Then let it sit uncovered in the oven for a few mins then take it out of the oven. Remove the foil, garnish with green onion and serve it with rice or some dinner rolls.Refrigerate leftovers for upto 3 days.

Notes

Nut-free: Use sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter
Tray Bake: Chop the cauliflower into florets. Add the cauliflower mushrooms Carrots and other veggies such as bell peppers or add some pressed and cubed tofu. Use a baking dish where the veggies can be in a single layer with a bit of overlapping. Drizzle the marinade and toss well to coat. Cover the dish with parchment and bake for 20 mins then remove parchment and bake until tender. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Spicy Miso Peanut Butter Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Amount Per Serving

Calories 259
Calories from Fat 90

% Daily Value*

Fat 10g15%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Sodium 682mg30%

Potassium 847mg24%

Carbohydrates 32g11%

Fiber 5g21%

Sugar 16g18%

Protein 11g22%

Vitamin A 2702IU54%

Vitamin C 72mg87%

Calcium 71mg7%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

a wedge of baked whole peanut butter miso roasted cauliflower with a side of rice
Ingredients:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower – I prefer small heads as they cook quicker and more evenly
  • along with the cauliflower, I like to add carrots, and mushrooms, like cremini or white button mushrooms to the baking dish – those make for great sides
  • For spicing up the marinade, I mix sambal olek and gochujang, you can use more sambal oelek or other Asian chili sauce if you don’t have gochujang, I would recommend you get some though as the flavor is very different with it and it lasts years
  • peanut butter and sesame oil along with garlic and ginger add an Asian twist to this recipe
  • soy sauce and miso glaze up the umami in the glaze
  • maple syrup
  • white vinegar or rice vinegar balances out the rich peanut butter

Tips & Substitutions:

  • Serve this with a side of rice, some dinner rolls and the roasted veggies from the casserole dish.
  • Let the cauliflower cool down a bit – the flavors are more intense when it’s not piping hot.

ingredients needed for making peanut butter miso whole roasted cauliflower

How to make this recipe:

Prep your cauliflower by removing the hard stem. Then use your knife or a skewer to poke some holes on top of the cauliflower as well as the base/stem side of your cauliflower. Slice up your mushrooms and carrots.

Find a dish that fits the cauliflower but only has 1-2 inches of space around the cauliflower.

cauliflower and asian peanut butter miso glaze on a white marble countertop

Grease the dish and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit(200c ). Place the cauliflower in the dish and bake for 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your marinade mixture. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

vegan whole roasted cauliflower in a white casserole dish

Remove the cauliflower from the oven then let it cool for 3 minutes so that you can handle it carefully. Pour some marinade into the stem area.

a miso peanut butter glazed head of cauliflower in a white casserole dish

Then flip it and brush some marinade all over the cauliflower really well. Place the cauliflower in the baking dish again and put it in the oven to bake. Remove after another 15 minutes. Reduce the baking temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

cauliflower head glazed with miso peanut butter mixture ready for baking

Add in the carrots and your mushrooms around the cauliflower. Drizzle some of the marinade all over. Also , baste/brush the cauliflower with some of the marinade. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water in your blender to rinse out the blender and pour that on the side of the cauliflower over the mushrooms and carrots.

Place the dish in the oven, cover it lightly with a foil, and continue baking for another 20 minutes. Check if your cauliflower is done to preference. Otherwise, you can bake for another 5 minutes or so.

whole roasted cauliflower with vegan peanut butter miso glaze

Remove the foil. Then let it sit for a few mins then take it out of the oven.  serve it with rice or some dinner rolls. Top it with some green onions then serve it.

 



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