Romanesco is a visually stunning cruciferous vegetable that's similar to cauliflower and broccoli. We love how its green concentric rings give it a seashell appearance. In this recipe, its earthy flavor gets a boost from spices like fennel, coriander and garlic for a mouthwatering side.

EatingWell Magazine, September 2021


Credit: Jacob Fox

Recipe Summary

15 mins
30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place a large rimmed baking sheet in the oven; preheat to 450°F.

  • Toast coriander, fennel and mustard seeds in a large skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer to a spice grinder or mortar and pestle and grind coarsely. (Alternatively, place in a zip-top bag and crush with a heavy skillet.)

  • Add oil and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and add romanesco (or cauliflower) and the ground seeds. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and carefully spread on the hot baking sheet.

  • Roast, stirring once halfway, until tender and browned in spots, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

1 1/4 cups
147 calories; fat 11g; sodium 198mg; carbohydrates 11g; dietary fiber 4g; protein 4g; sugars 3g; niacin equivalents 1mg; saturated fat 2g; vitamin a iu 2IU; potassium 546mg.