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Overhead shot of maple tahini-glazed cauliflower on a sheet pan. Cauliflower is garnished with cilantro and sesame seeds.

Maple Tahini Glazed Cauliflower with Chipotle

Maple tahini glazed cauliflower with chipotle is a simple, mega-flavourful side dish. Great for meal prep, grain bowls, and salads too!
Cuisine American, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Plant-Based, Special Diets, Vegan, Vegetarian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword all seasons, cauliflower, chipotle, cilantro, fall, garlic, holiday entertaining, holidays, lime, maple syrup, parsley, tahini, winter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4



  • 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into medium florets (a little over 3 lbs. cauliflower total) 1450 grams
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle powder (use less if sensitive to spice)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes, optional
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste


  • 3 tablespoons tahini , well stirred and fluid
  • tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water, plus extra


  • ¼ cup roughly chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place all of the cauliflower florets on the lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, chipotle chili powder, garlic powder, chili flakes (if using), salt, and pepper. Pour this mixture over the cauliflower and then toss with your hands to evenly coat all of the pieces.
  • Spread the coated cauliflower out in a single layer on the baking sheet and then slide it into the oven. Set a timer for 20 minutes. When the timer goes off, remove the cauliflower from the oven and give it a toss with a spatula. Return the cauliflower to the oven for another 15 minutes.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting for its last 15 minutes, make the tahini glaze. In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, maple syrup, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then, add the water and slowly whisk it together (to avoid splashing) until combined. The resulting mixture should be fluid but thick, kind of like a creamy ranch-style salad dressing consistency.
  • Once the cauliflower is done baking for the second increment of 15 minutes, it should be evenly deep golden brown on all sides and tender. Remove it from the oven and pour the tahini maple glaze over top. Using a spatula, carefully and quickly toss the cauliflower to evenly coat it in the glaze. Place it back in the oven for another 3 minutes or so, just to heat through.
  • Top the glazed cauliflower with the chopped cilantro and sesame seeds. Enjoy immediately!


  • There is definitely some inspiration from Sprouted Kitchen’s beautiful tahini roasted cauliflower here!
  • I suspect that any fluid and pourable nut/seed butter would substitute for the tahini. I’d go with something that has a mild flavour like raw almond or cashew. I think peanut butter might be good too.
  • My go-to tahini is by Soom.
  • This preparation of cauliflower is soft and tender! It’s not a crispy/crunchy texture or vibe at all. It’s just nice and toasty, spiced, tender, and lightly glazed.