Grilled Cauliflower is charred, crispy, and tender all in one delicious bite. Anytime I can make the entire meal on the grill you can count me in! Less mess, no pans to scrub, and no heating up the kitchen in the summer.
Follow this easy guide for a simple side. You will love how similar this is to roasting in bringing out the flavor. It is so easy and you can dress it up with endless spices and herbs.
Looking for the perfected cauliflower? Read on!
First, clean the cauliflower head and cut off the florets. My favorite paring knife makes quick work of this task. Leave them as slightly longer spears, for easy turning with the tongs. Cut the florets into as even of pieces as possible so the pieces grill at the same rate.
Pat the spears dry so that the oil can coat the cauliflower and it can sear on the grill and not steam.
You could also slice it into 1″ discs and grill the cauliflower as ‘steaks’. I prefer the florets because it is typically a side for us and the steaks can be kind of big.
Second, toss the cauliflower with oil before grilling. Go ahead and season them with kosher salt and pepper as well.
Third, grill it. Evenly space your cauliflower directly on the preheated grill. Placing the cauliflower directly on the grate gives you that crispy char on the pieces. Be sure to watch it closely to flip when it is marked how you like it.
Note: You don’t have to completely char it. It is my favorite way to eat it but the beauty of grilling is you can just watch for the doneness you prefer.
How to Grill Cauliflower
Follow these directions:
Prep the grill: Preheat your grill on high. Once hot give your grill a quick scrape. Drop your temperature down to medium-high. All grills are different but we are looking for a temperature in the 400-450 range.
Prep the cauliflower: When cutting your florets, leave part of the stem attached and go for slightly longer spears. Oil and season the cauliflower.
How Long To Grill Cauliflower
How long can be a tricky question. When grilling vegetables so much depends on your individual grill, your preferences, and the size of the cauliflower pieces.
Expect cauliflower done this way to take 15-20 minutes to grill. When grilling florets give them a turn at about 7-8 minutes. This should get you a nice crispy char on all sides. They should be charred and tender when done.
How to Grill Cauliflower
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cauliflower, medium-sized, cut into bite-size spears about 1 pound florets
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper adjust to taste
- Preheat your grill on high. Toss fresh cauliflower with oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
- Grill the cauliflower for 7-8 minutes then flip and grill until done. The pieces should be slightly crisp and fork-tender when done.