Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

3 minutes
September 4, 2019
Carole Jones

My oven roasted cauliflower recipe will turn ANYONE into a lover of cauliflower.  Yes, even your children 🙂 This parmesan roasted cauliflower recipe is pure perfection with garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.  Just scroll on down to print out this bad boy for safe keeping!

Oven Roasted Cauliflower with garlic and parmesan

I’ve been working on trying to eat more veggies every day, including in my breakfasts.  That is the hardest  meal for me to work veggies into because I really prefer something sweet in the morning, so my go to is often greek yogurt and berries.  I don’t think it will be quite the same if I do greek yogurt and kale 🙁

When it comes to lunch and dinner, I have so many options and recipes I love, but this one is my favorite.  We all know roasting veggies gives them a deep, caramelization and when you roast cauliflower, it goes to a whole other level.  If you try to tell me you hate cauliflower, I will challenge you to say the same after trying this recipe.

Oven Roasted Cauliflower with garlic and parmesan

This oven roasted cauliflower is honestly shockingly delicious.  Before I began making this recipe a few years ago, I only liked cauliflower when it came with a side of cheese sauce 🙂  Now that I’ve mastered how to roast cauliflower, it is hands down my favorite veggie.  I even had some with my breakfast this morning so I guess I know at least one veggie recipe that I like in the morning.

I know you think I’m just trying to “sell” you this recipe, but my hubby and I ate the whole head ourselves this morning.  And then I made another recipe of it because we wanted more for lunch.

Oven Roasted Cauliflower with garlic and parmesan cheese
If this yummy veggie side dish looks tempting for you, then definitely go check out my Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash recipe as well.  Can you tell I love garlic and parmesan together?

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Oven Roasted Cauliflower with garlic and parmesan cheese

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

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A simple, yet crazy delicious vegetable side dish that will go with almost any dinner. Great option if you are on a low card diet!

  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 side dish servings 1x


  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, minced (I use a microplane)
  • 34 Tb 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.

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1/8 th
  • Calories: 91
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 379 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 3 mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


8 years ago

Great recipe, but in order for me to read it clearly I had to copy and paste into WORD and change the odd font. Please consider a standard font to make it easier for all cooks to use the recipe.

8 years ago

Will do Jamile!

Kathy H
8 years ago

This has become my go-to cauliflower recipe. So good! Thank you.

8 years ago

Isn’t just crazy how amazingly delicious this healthy recipe is Kathy?

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8 years ago

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7 years ago

I used this recipe tonight. My husband and I enjoyed it a lot.

7 years ago

I’m so glad you loved it Kay!

5 years ago

I love this recipe! The first time I made it, I didn’t have any lemon juice so I substituted with what I had…diet Mountain Dew! It was delicious!! The next time I had lemon juice but honestly we liked it MORE with the diet MD. LOL!!!

5 years ago

thank you Jane for the chuckle this morning! I give you an A+ for creative ingredient substitution 🙂

2 years ago

Have yet to make this, but have a large cauliflower head that must be cooked, so…

Question: Do you know how it would do frozen after being cooked? Or what its shelf life is once cooked? Am always looking for recipes that will hold for a few days or freeze for busy days (or camping). 😀


2 years ago

Hey Shelley! I wouldn’t freeze it after roasting it but it does last for a week in the fridge in an airtight container so I would go that way.

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