Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

I am busy working on my sole New Year’s resolution.  Don’t ask me what it is, because I won’t share it with you.  Don’t take it personally.  I don’t share my resolutions with anyone.  Nope.  Nada.  No one.

This is my first year just to focus on one instead of becoming overwhelmed by too big of a list.  Granted, I am only 11 days in, but it is going well.  I also haven’t hit the “hard” part of this change either, so I know my most difficult challenge still lies ahead of me.

I am proud to even consider pushing myself so completely outside my comfort zone.  Wish me luck!

For anyone whose resolution is related to food in any way, this post is just for you!  Don’t just pass by this post because it is about boring, bland cauliflower.

This cauliflower will kick you in the butt and sass in your face about how amazing it is and how you have always underestimated its awesomeness!

My cousin over at Made From Pinterest also gave this recipe a go and they loved it at well.  Now you know two of us can’t lie about how crazy good this stuff was!

Seriously, I’m not trying to trick you.  This cauliflower is OUTSTANDING.  I don’t think I will EVER steam cauliflower again.  The only change I will make the next time I prepare this (and there will be many, many more preparations of this stuff) will be trying a bit less olive oil just to cut down on the fat content.  I will try 3 Tb next time and see if the results are any less SPECTACULAR!
Honestly, my husband and I ate the WHOLE head of cauliflower ourselves at lunch.  Yep, that great.

Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower
recipe adapted from One Perfect Bite
1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
4 large cloves of garlic, minced (I use a microplane)
1/4 C extra virgin olive oil
2 Tb fresh lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 C freshly grated parmesan cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, except for the parmesan cheese.  Mix well until all the seasonings are evenly distributed over the pieces of cauliflower.  Pour the mixture evenly onto a large ungreased jelly roll pan and spread out so the cauliflower is in a single layer.  This is very important so don’t crowd your pan!  Use two pans if you don’t have a large enough pan to put it all on at once.  Roast in the oven for 25 minutes.
2.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle on the parmesan cheese.  Put back into the oven for another 2-3 minutes.  If you would like to serve this in a nice dish, transfer the cauliflower into a serving dish before adding the cheese, then put the pretty dish in the oven for the 2-3 minutes.


  1. says

    I am looking for cauliflower recipes because I have lots of it blanched and frozen from our garden last year, and I haven’t found I way that I really like it!
    So….thank you!
    I’ve only told my hubby about my resolution for the new year.

  2. Linda Roberts says

    Can’t wait to try this….here is one that I used to enjoy……A restaurant I used to go to in Sarasota Florida…… That is now closed “El Adobe” used to serve a appetizer of fried cauliflower which was lightly breaded with a dip of queso Cheese sauce….I can tell you that was pure heaven… When the fried cauliflower was done and in the basket they would lightly sprinkle the florets with Parmesan cheese””….,.,,,,oh so yummy

  3. Kaysey says

    Holy amazing!!! I am going to make this every week, so easy and so delicious! I put it over wilted spinach for some green healthy action. So yummy!! Thanks!

  4. Daphne says

    I just made it……it is good! However, I used lemon and lime juice. I also used Parmesan and Asiao cheeses. I always have to do extra :-)

  5. says

    Made this tonight. It was amazing! I didn’t have garlic, so Iused garlic powder and added turmeric as well. This was soooo good. Thanks for sharing!

    • says

      Great job adjusting it to work for you Heather! So glad you loved it as much as I do. Look around and find a few more recipes to give a try! -Carole

    • says

      I don’t think it would work very well Steph. The cauliflower would steam instead of roast. Let me know if you give it a try! -Carole

  6. Raleigh says

    Would this last if I cooked it and put leftovers in the fridge? My hubby won’t eat it and id hate to waste any leftover cauliflower:(

    • says

      Hi Raleigh! First off, try to convince your hubby to taste one piece because this recipe is so good it just might make him a lover of both you and cauliflower :) And yes, you can keep the leftovers in the fridge just fine -Carole

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