Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Lemon

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.

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe_3

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).

Mashed Cauliflower RecipeYOU MAY ALSO LIKE: Our 20-Minute Mashed Cauliflower. The recipe started as a replacement to our mashed potatoes, but then it took a turn. We fell in love.

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)

How to Bake Cauliflower in the Oven

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.

TUTORIAL: How to Buy and Cut a Cauliflower

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.

Adding cheese to baked cauliflower

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

  • PREP
  • COOK
  • TOTAL

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).

Makes 4 servings

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

Directions

    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.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Get Free Recipes by Email

Get insanely delicious FREE recipes and cooking videos in your inbox. Enter your email address below:

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?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Joanne May 19, 2016, 1:24 pm

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

      Reply
  • 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.

    Reply
  • 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.

    Reply
  • 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.

    Reply
  • Nancy October 16, 2013, 1:46 pm

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

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

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

    Reply
    • 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: CalorieCount.com

      Reply
  • 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

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

    This looks so lovely!!

    Reply

Leave a Comment or Review

All comments are moderated before appearing on the site. Thank you so much for waiting. First time commenting? Please review our Comment Policy.

If you are visiting from a mobile or tablet device, our star review system can be tricky for some devices. If you plan to leave a star review, please write the number of stars (1 to 5) in your comment and either Adam or Joanne will amend your comment with your star review. Thanks!

Did you make it? How was it?:

 

Previous Post: Next Post: