Prince Char-ming

You know what’s really good at True Food Kitchen? Well, everything, but I can’t ever get the charred cauliflower out of my head. Ever since the first time I tried it, I’ve been enamored with this darkly roasted, mysterious dish. Teetering on the edge of burnt but never quite crossing that line, it’s nutty, spicy, crunchy, herbaceous, salty, bold, and VERY sassy. It’s what all cruciferous vegetables aspire to be when they grow up.

You know what’s not so great at True Food Kitchen? Well, at least in downtown Austin, the parking. I have parking PTSD from that whole area; I would genuinely rather walk the 10 miles there and back than negotiate those streets. It’s an infuriating case of “so close, but still so far.”

In any event, it’s just another good reason to stay home, save money, and do it yourself, right?! Hell-bent on satisfying that craving with what was already on hand in the pantry, the results were bound to be different, but equally delicious in an entirely unique way.

Being thrifty and lazy, I’ve made all sorts of egregious substitutions. Peanut butter instead of tahini, sriracha instead of harissa, dried cranberries instead of dates. Is it even the same dish, at the end of the day? Nope, not at all. But is it delicious? Oh yes, hell yes. I’m calling that a success.

Yield: Makes 2 - 3 Servings

Charred Cauliflower with Sriracha Peanut Sauce

Charred Cauliflower with Sriracha Peanut Sauce

Inspired by the charred cauliflower dish from True Food Kitchen, this adaptation is quick, easy, and so very satisfying. Teetering on the edge of burnt but never quite crossing that line, it's nutty, spicy, crunchy, herbacaeous, salty, bold, and VERY sassy. It's what all cruciferious vegetables aspire to be when they grow up.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 Pound Cauliflower Florets*
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 - 1 Tablespoons Sriracha
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Stock
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup Toasted Almonds, Roughly Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Finely Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Dill, Finely Minced


    1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat; set aside.
    2. Place the cauliflower florets in a medium bowl and toss with the olive oil, to coat. Transfer it to your prepared baking sheet, spreading it out into an even layer. Place in the top half of your oven and roast for 25 - 30 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the edges of the cauliflower are blackened.
    3. Meanwhile, to make the sauce, whisk together the peanut butter, lemon juice, 1/2 tablespoon sriracha, vegetable stock, garlic powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt. Stir vigorously until smooth, adding more sriracha to taste, if desired.
    4. Once the cauliflower is charred all over, transfer it to a medium bowl. Toss with the peanut sauce, cranberries, and almonds. Top with parsley and dill and serve immediately, while hot.


*I used a bag of frozen rainbow cauliflower from Trader Joe's, fully thawed before roasting.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 478mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 6gSugar: 15gProtein: 8g

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7 thoughts on “Prince Char-ming

  1. So yummy:) Just today had oven roasted cauliflower for lunch, but just with lots of spices and soy sauce.That sriracha peanut sauce would have made it so much better.

  2. Love your spices, herbs and creamy addition of peanut butter. One tasty bite and love the crispy edges of cauliflower. Just letting you know your rating box and review does not seem to be working.

    1. Oh no, technology has failed me again! Thanks for letting me know… I just wish I knew how to fix it. I have no idea what’s going wrong!

  3. Charring vegetables is the way to go, it brings out so much flavour specially the natural sweetness of it. I tried it in broccoli and cabbages, definitely this cauliflower will be equally as good.

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