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Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

October 19, 2019

This Cauliflower is roasted with garlic, thyme and parmesan. Bursting with flavour and easy to make, this Parmesan Roast Cauliflower makes the perfect side dish!

closeup shot of parmesan roasted cauliflower on baking tray with thyme

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Look I’m gonna be honest with you here. I’m actually not a huge fan of cauliflower in most contexts. There, I said it.

However…

Cauliflower roasted with parmesan, thyme, garlic and butter? Heck to the yes! Roasting cauliflower is a complete game changer in comparison to boiling or steaming. It transforms the texture and flavour into something beyond delicious. When you add a few more goodies it’s gonna be the masterpiece at your next roast dinner 😏

How to make Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower (quick summary)

  1. Peel outer leaves from a whole cauliflower.
  2. Dice into small chunks and combine with butter, garlic, thyme and seasoning.
  3. Sprinkle with parmesan and roast until golden delicious!

How to make parmesan roasted cauliflower - 3 step by step photos

Top Tip #1 – Dice your cauliflower in to around 1-1.5″ chunks for the perfect juicy yet crispy ratio. Any bigger and the parmesan will burn before the cauliflower is cooked through.
Top Tip #2 – Use a spatula to scrape the cauliflower off the pan and collect all those gorgeous crispy bits!

Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

I use two cloves for this recipe because I LOVE garlic and feel it pairs beautifully with this recipe. Because you know, who doesn’t love cheese and garlic? Having said that if you’re not keen on garlic just reduce to one clove.

Roasted Cauliflower with Thyme

Fresh thyme adds a gorgeous level of flavour to this cauliflower. However, if you don’t have/like it, this will still be delicious without. I don’t recommend using dried thyme.

overhead shot of roasted cauliflower fresh out the oven

And there we have it! A super easy side dish for just about everything. Parmesan roasted cauliflower you never fail me 😋

Hey, whilst you’re here why not check out my other recipes?

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into this roasted cauliflower recipe shall we?!

closeup shot of cheesy cauliflower fresh out the oven

How to make Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower (Full Recipe & Video)

closeup shot of parmesan roasted cauliflower on baking tray with thyme

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

This Cauliflower is roasted with garlic, thyme and parmesan. Bursting with flavour and easy to make, this Parmesan Roast Cauliflower makes the perfect side dish!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Sunday Roast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 114kcal
Cost per serving: £1 / $1

Equipment

  • Large Baking Tray
  • Sharp Knife and Chopping Board
  • Small Pot (for melting butter)
  • Fine Grater (for parmesan)
  • Spatula (for scraping off parmesan cauliflower)

Ingredients

  • 1 Cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup / 40g Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • few sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Peel away the outer leaves of the cauliflower and dice into 1-1.5" chunks.
  • Combine with 2 tbsp melted butter, a few sprigs of thyme, 2 minced cloves of garlic and a hefty pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle over grated parmesan.
  • Pop in the oven at 200c/390f for 20-30mins or until golden brown and fork tender. If it starts to blacken too quickly, reduce the temp. In any instance I don't recommend cranking up the temp as the parmesan will burn before the cauliflower is cooked.
  • Use a spatula to scrape off the cauliflower, collecting all those crispy bits stuck in between!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes

a) Garlic - I use two cloves here because I LOVE garlic and feel it pairs beautifully with this recipe. However, if you're not keen on garlic, reduce to one clove.
b) Thyme - Fresh thyme is most suitable here, so do avoid dried thyme. If you don't have either this recipe will still be delicious without.
c) Parmesan - Freshly grated will give you the most coverage and crispiness, so avoid using the sandy texture parmesan. Pre shredded will also work fine.
d) Calories - based on sharing between 5 people.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.35g10%
Saturated Fat 3.679g18%
Trans Fat 0.088g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.309g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.662g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 256mg11%
Potassium 530mg15%
Carbohydrates 10.18g3%
Fiber 3.4g14%
Sugar 3.23g4%
Protein 6.34g13%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 81.6mg99%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 0.86mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth
    October 19, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    5 stars
    I know this is a side dish but I can totally see myself snacking on these all day! Yum!

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    October 19, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    5 stars
    This sounds like such a delicious way to serve cauliflower! Will try it next time I am roasting it.

  • Reply
    Colleen
    October 19, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    5 stars
    We love roasted cauliflower, and now the next time I make it, I’ll be adding parmesan. What a perfect addition, can’t wait to make it.

  • Reply
    Anita
    October 19, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for such an amazingly awesome yet simple cauliflower recipe. I, too, think cauliflower can be a bit bland and meh, the trick is to find the right way to cook it, and you’ve found one amazing way. 🙂

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