How to bake cauliflower in the oven with parmesan cheese and lemon. Jump to the Roasted Cauliflower Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.
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).
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How to Bake Cauliflower in the Oven
Baking is one of our favorite ways to cook cauliflower — in fact, we love this method for most vegetables. (See our honey roasted carrots 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.
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Once the cauliflower is done, we love tossing a handful of parmesan cheese on top, and the continue to roast for an extra 5 minutes. The cheese melts and browns a little — so delicious.
Then, just before serving we scatter lemon zest and a spritz of lemon juice on top. The lemon brightens the dish up and works so well with the sweet nutty flavor of the cauliflower.
Recipe updated, originally posted April 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Lemon
Roasting brings out cauliflowers natural sweetness. Topped with parmesan cheese and fresh lemon, this is a lovely side dish (even for those that may not be cauliflower fans).
You Will Need
1 medium cauliflower cut into florets (about 5 cups)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 ounce grated parmesan cheese (about 1/3 cup)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice from half a lemon
Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Then, line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
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 out into a single layer.
Bake cauliflower about 20 minutes until tips and edges have turned golden brown, stirring and rotating halfway through baking.
Scatter parmesan over cauliflower and place back into the oven for 5 minutes until cheese has melted and begins to brown. Remove from the oven and scatter with lemon zest and lemon juice on top.