Whole Cauliflower with Soy-Caper Brown Butter

The supersmart addition of soy sauce to a classic brown butter–caper sauce makes this striking roasted head of cauliflower so delicious. Slideshow:  Cauliflower Recipes 

Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • One 2 1/4-pounds head of cauliflower, leaves and stem discarded

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot

  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and chopped

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

  • 3 tablespoons snipped chives


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Rub the cauliflower all over with 4 tablespoons of the butter and season generously with salt and pepper. Put the cauliflower in a large cast-iron skillet. Add the garlic, thyme sprigs and the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. Roast the cauliflower for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, basting with the butter every 10 minutes, until browned and tender. Transfer the cauliflower to a serving plate. Discard the garlic and thyme sprigs.

  2. Add the shallot to the skillet and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the capers, soy sauce, lemon juice and half of the parsley and chives and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the pan sauce over the cauliflower and garnish with the remaining parsley and chives. Cut the cauliflower into wedges and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Verdejo, from Spain’s Rueda region, has very generous fruit, so it’s fantastic with the richness of this buttery cauliflower.

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