Cauliflower with Brown Butter Pumpkin Seed Lime Sauce

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop and Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This easy recipe for cauliflower with brown butter pumpkin seed lime sauce will forever change how you look at the humble cauliflower!


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (I used salted ones, but raw and unsalted would also be fine)
  • Juice from one lime
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • Fresh chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 450 and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. Stand the cauliflower upside down on a cutting board and, holding onto the stem, slice it downwards into thin slices, rotating the cauliflower as you go.
  3. Place the slices and little pieces on the baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 45 minutes until deep golden, gently turning the slices halfway through.
  5. While the cauliflower is roasted, put the butter and pumpkin seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer and stir until the butter is browned. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice and and red pepper flakes.
  6. When the cauliflower is done, slide it gently on to a platter or dinner plates. Pour the butter sauce on top, sprinkle with parsley and serve.