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Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs

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This Roasted Cauliflower Recipe changed my husband’s mind about this once-maligned vegetable! The caramelized florets are sweet, tender and irresistible!

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 red handle forks

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!

Oven Roasted Cauliflower in a white serving bowl

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 damp florets.
  • Place the dried florets in a large bowl, add the oil and toss to coat every single piece. Then 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 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.

3 process images of roasted cauliflower

Raw Cauliflower – Cauliflower coated with olive oil, bread crumbs and Parmesan – Roasted Cauliflower  

Oven Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

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 an oven-roasted cauliflower fan one of these days! He’s nowhere as persnickety as his father, so I have high hopes!

Overhead view of Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs in a round white bowl

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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:



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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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