Roasted Cauliflower


Cauliflower. Plain, simple, and on its own, rather unimaginative. But roasted? Until the edges get all browned and caramelized? Totally different story. Roasted, cauliflower becomes nutty and buttery, but without any nuts or butter. Roasted, it is the perfect vehicle for garlic, olive oil, lemon and Parmesan.

I grew up with basic steamed cauliflower, which is fine and good and sometimes all that you need. But if you’ve never had roasted cauliflower, I urge you to try it! It will transform a picky I-don’t-like-vegetables eater into a cauliflower addict.

By the way, do you want to know the best way to core and cut cauliflower? Check out this short (less than a minute) video we made showing the easiest way to do it.

Updated from the recipe archive. First posted 2005.

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

This recipe is more of a method than a precise recipe with exact amounts. Sprinkle as much or as little Parmesan cheese as you want.


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, peeled and coarsely minced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or about half a lemon)
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese


1 Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Lightly oil a large roasting pan or baking sheet. Cut the cauliflower into florets and place them in a bowl. Toss with minced garlic. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Drizzle with olive oil and toss so that the florets are lightly coated with oil.

Spread the florets out into a single layer on the roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If the oven hasn't reached 400°F (205°C) yet, set aside until it has.

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2 Place the cauliflower in the hot oven, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is lightly brown. Use a fork to test for doneness; the tines should easily pierce the cauliflower when done.

3 Remove the cauliflower from the oven and sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

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  • Sandra Ortiz

    The lemon and olive oil were genius, and the cauliflower was quite delicious, roasted for 25 minutes. However, the chopped garlic burned and was a big disappointment. Any suggestions? Maybe it should just be seasoned with salted garlic instead???

  • Rita

    Elise,delicious recipe … family loved it …can’t wait to try it for Xmas dinner ( on the rest of the folks) :)))

  • Tim

    We’re going to try this as a side dish to go with a Chicken Puttanesca for a dinner party soon. Trial run tonight though. As Elise says above – we will probably use a little parsley to bring it to life a little. Can’t wait!

  • Lina

    Easy and delicious! I’d like to add a hint of green though for some colour. Any herb you’d recommend?

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