Roasted Cauliflower

Quick and EasyLow CarbVegetarianCauliflower

Oven-roasted cauliflower florets, with garlic, lemon, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese. So good!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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 post for the easiest way to do it.

Watch the video for how to roast cauliflower!


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 Toss with lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil: 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.

2 Spread on roasting pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper: 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.

3 Roast until lightly browned: 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.

4 Sprinkle with Parmesan: Remove the cauliflower from the oven and sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Maidy

    Delicious and easy. Unlike most others, I love cauliflower!–raw. I love it crunchy in salad so much that it was hard to convince myself to try cooking it. But from now on I will definitely have to buy 2 at a time–one to roast and one to eat raw.


  2. Valerie

    Could you use an egg wash on this?

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  3. Smokingdonkey

    Were both retired a few years ago and have been doing an old farm house up so like when working for a living we still didn’t give ourselves time to cook or should I say change from mothers ways of cooking, mention cauliflower and i thought of this soggy taste thing,
    But having watched eat for less and seeing this idea of roasting I (the man part of this marriage) decided to seek how to do it from the internet.

    Well what a great way to eat the cauli, its so simple (and to cut) and we only had one falling out (over the slicing the cauli, her indoors hadn’t seen the video and so i showed off a little of the correct way of doing it) she said her mother had been cooking for years and knows how to cut a cauli up, !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But “serious now” thank you its been a great start to a new breath of cooking for us.


  4. Melanie

    This was amazing. I normally think cauliflower is boring and kind of gross but this changed my mind! I’m definitely going to be making more of this in the future. Note: I used garlic powder instead of actual garlic and added some chiptole seasoning and it gave it a bit of a kick.


  5. Yasmeen

    Husband loved it! Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out well


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