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Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs

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This Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs changed my husband’s mind about this once maligned vegetable!

Roasting cauliflower brings out the natural sweetness and makes an absolutely delicious side dish.

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs in a white ceramic bowl with a red handle fork

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs

By now, many of you know that I have a husband with a picky palate.  Slowly, over our nearly 25 year marriage, I’ve gotten him to try, and actually enjoy: broccoli, asparagus, the occasional zucchini (he still calls it cucumber!), and just lately, cauliflower.

It was this roasting method that finally swayed him.  This Roasted Cauliflower may convert your cauliflower avoider into a lover, too!

Tips for Roasting Cauliflower

I’ve learned a few tricks to help make your first and subsequent attempts at roasting cauliflower, or other vegetables, utterly delicious!

  • Cut your cauliflower into small florets, about 1/2-inch pieces. You want all pieces to be approximately the same size. I discard excess core and stems.
  • Wash your cauliflower ahead of time, so it has a chance to dry. The oil won’t stick well to wet florets.
  • I place the dried florets in a large bowl, add the oil and toss to coat every single piece. Then I add the Parmesan and bread crumbs and toss again.
  • Use a large sheet pan to roast the cauliflower so the florets aren’t crowded together. If they’re too close, they tend to steam instead of roast.
  • Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Remember the Parmesan is salty, so don’t go overboard, but it’s still important to add salt.
  • Roast at a high heat for best results, 400-450º.
  • Make sure you toss the cauliflower about halfway through the cooking time. That helps as much surface area to brown as possible.
Overhead view of Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs in a round white bowl on a red napkin

The Joys of Roasted Vegetables

Vegetables caramelize and sweeten when cooked with intense, dry heat.  I will never steam cauliflower again. The addition of Parmesan and bread crumbs just provides additional flavor and texture.  Bill and I sneak bites right off the baking sheet when it’s fresh out of the oven. It’s just that good!

I’m still working on my 17 year old, but I’m sure he’ll be converted into a roasted cauliflower fan one of these days! He’s nowhere as persnickety as his father, so I have high hopes!Roasted cauliflower pinterest collage

More Recipes You’ll Love:

For a heartier cauliflower dish, check out this Cauliflower Bacon Gratin. Bill gave it his seal of approval, too!

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs

Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs

Roasting cauliflower with Parmesan and bread crumbs will make anyone love this maligned vegetable!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into 1/2 to 1 inch florets
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil, then add bread crumbs and Parmesan and toss again. Spread out over large baking sheet, making sure the florets are not too crowded. Season with salt and pepper. Roast 30-40 minutes, flipping at the halfway point, until the cauliflower tender and browned slightly.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 5mg Sodium: 307mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g
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21 comments on “Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs”

  1. I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up veggies. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. This looks great. I love cauliflower but it’s tough to make the little ones eat it. I think this might do it.

  3. delicious. I just stuffed myself with cauliflower last weekend (my OH ignores this lovely vegetable). so far my preferred recipe has been a cauliflower and pear salad.. must get a another oen and roast it. My mum used to bury steamed cauliflower under mounds of brown butter with breadcrumbs.. I can’t wait to try the parmesan angle.
    thanks for yet another excellent idea.

  4. Love roasted cauliflower. I say the yummy stuff you were making with Kate and had to come say Hi and check out all your yummy recipes!

  5. Thanks, everyone! Yes, I need to try mashed cauliflower…sounds wonderful! I need to look for that cauliflower/pear salad, too…yum.

  6. Hi, Gina! Lucky me was just a guest at Kate’s…her food was fabulous, and I didn’t lift a finger 🙂

    Thanks, Carolyn! Hope you get a chance to try it~

  7. Looks wonderful. I’ve got two new roasted cauliflower recipes to try now.

  8. My Danish Kitchen, I hope this sways your wee ones. I’m still dreaming about your Danish pastry!

    Leef, get cracking, girl…does Duane eat cauliflower?

  9. made this last night! Perfect~~~~

  10. Only Prettier (love your blog name!!!!), thanks so much for posting your review…especially since it was a good one 😉

  11. I’m a total roasted veggie convert – such a change from the limp, boiled veggies I grew up eating. I usually roast my cauliflower with garlic, but I’ll definitely be trying your version soon.

  12. This looks great!! Now im hungry and i have 50 mins more to leave work.. =)

  13. Looks delicious even for a picky husband (smile).

  14. I’ll try it your way, too. I’ve been stuck on this recipe for buffalo roasted cauliflower for a while now! 🙂

  15. This recipe sounds amazing, I love roasted cauliflower but adding cheese takes it to the next level!

  16. Why discard anything? I use everything. 

  17. This is delicious! I love roasted cauliflower, but the bread crumbs and Parmesan give it an all new texture and flavor! Love it!

  18. I really loved it! It was so easy to make and taste SO good!

  19. My family loves cauliflower and I am always looking for new ways to serve it up!

  20. Such an easy side dish to make and so flavorful!

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