Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Lemon

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Lemon

We’re hooked on roasted cauliflower.

It’s sweet, nutty and so easy to make. Perfect as a side, for topping pastas or eaten as a snack. We’re even thinking that it might convert a few anti-cauliflower cooks out there. (Fingers crossed).

It’s So Easy To Make Our Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Start by cutting the cauliflower into florets then toss them onto a large baking sheet, add a little olive oil, salt, pepper and some thyme — fresh or dried thyme work.

Slide the cauliflower into a hot oven — we go for 450 degrees F — and roast, turning once until the florets have caramelized a little on all sides — it takes about 20 minutes.

Roasted Cauliflower Loves Parmesan Cheese and Lemon

We love to toss a handful of parmesan cheese on top and continue to roast for another 5 minutes. The cheese melts and browns a little — so delicious.

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Lemon

Then, once the parmesan roasted cauliflower is out of the oven, scatter lemon zest and some lemon juice on top. The lemon brightens the flavor up a bit and works so well with the sweet and nutty flavor of the cauliflower.

Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Lemon

We just love this recipe — we eat it as if it were popcorn. We hope you try our roasted cauliflower recipe soon, we’re sure you’ll love it. We certainly do.

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Why we love this recipe. Roasting brings out cauliflowers natural sweetness. Topped with parmesan cheese and bright lemon, this is a lovely side dish (even for those that may not be cauliflower fans).

What you need to know. We love the addition of cheese and lemon, but you can add flavors as you wish -- try curry powder, rosemary or other flavors.

Equipment you’ll need. A chef’s knife, large baking sheet, measuring spoons, microplane or fine grater and kitchen tongs.
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Yield: 4
You Will Need
  • 1 medium cauliflower cut into florets (about 5 cups cauliflower florets)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves (1/4 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (12 grams) finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Juice from half a lemon
Heat Oven and Prepare Baking Sheet
  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Then, line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Prepare Cauliflower
  1. Add cauliflower florets to baking sheet and top with olive oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Using kitchen tongs or hands, toss until florets are well coated. Spread florets out into a single layer.
  2. Roast cauliflower about 20 minutes until tips and edges have turned golden brown. Halfway through roasting, it helps to toss the cauliflower so it roasts evenly.
  3. Now, scatter parmesan cheese over cauliflower and place back into the oven for 5 minutes until cheese has melted and begins to brown.Cheesy-Roasted-Cauliflower-Recipe-Step-1
  4. Remove from oven then scatter lemon zest and juice over the top.Cheesy-Roasted-Cauliflower-Recipe-Step-2

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12 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Sue January 21, 2016, 11:39 am

    I am allergic to citrus, therefore, I cannot have the lemon. I want to make this and wondered how much leaving the lemon out would change the taste. Also is there anything I can substitute in place of lemon in so many recipes or just leave it out?

    • Joanne May 19, 2016, 1:24 pm

      You can simply leave it out or try a dash of apple cider vinegar or balsamic.

  • joan m johnson August 30, 2015, 2:29 pm

    This method of preparing cauliflower is outstanding. Naturally we all have our own special touches. Mine is to use lemon olive oil and salt and that is all. If I have time a bit of lemon zest is wonderful, but anything else is overkill for this amazing veggie.

  • liv October 7, 2014, 2:40 pm

    oooh, delicious! made it tonight and the whole family loved it. took your suggestion and used curry powder instead of thyme, and also added a sprinkle of crushed almonds when i added the cheese. many thanks.

  • Linda January 19, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Saw this recipe this morning and prepared it this evening. Super easy, Super delicious and will definitely make again and again and again.

  • Nancy October 16, 2013, 1:46 pm

    oh yum, we love cauliflower and always looking for new ways to fix it!

  • Kathy Morphew April 27, 2013, 9:53 pm

    what is the nutritional value? Thanks. Haven’t made it yet ,, but plan to.

    • Adam April 29, 2013, 11:27 am

      Hi Kathy, we don’t publish nutrition facts yet but there is a great tool that will help you calculate nutrition facts for any recipe. It is called Calorie Counter, here is the link:

  • Anne Taylor April 21, 2013, 4:50 pm

    We’ve just discovered roasting vegetables and we are so in love with them. We’ve done carrots, asparagus, brussel sprouts, onion and sweet potato, but we haven’t done cauliflower yet, but after reading this we definitely will! Thanks

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 16, 2013, 1:58 pm

    This looks so lovely!!


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