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Easy Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower

Easy Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower Dish

If you like cauliflower even a little, you will LOVE this simple roasted Parmesan cauliflower side dish – it melts in your mouth! Plus cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C and the ‘super-vitamin’: vitamin K.

See below for tips on varying this recipe, as far as pan-frying instead, or you can also use different vegetables like broccoli, green beans, or asparagus!

Easy Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower Recipe:


  • Cauliflower (or other veggie of choice), cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 c. pastured butter or ghee (Remember not to be afraid of butter! Read more here about healthy fats!)
  • 1/4 c. quality olive oil
  • 8 oz. or so of fresh Parmesan cheese (if you’re feeding a bigger group and using more than one head of cauliflower OR if you just like a lot of cheese, feel free to use more!)
  • Sea salt and pepper to your taste preference
  • If you’re using the veggie variations mentioned below, you’ll also want some fresh garlic or garlic powder, and fresh onion (chopped) or onion powder — just sprinkle some on and taste-test to see if you want more, this isn’t an exact recipe!


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan, then add in the olive oil
  2. Now cut your Parmesan cheese into hunks:

parmesan hunks4. Next, I use my Bosch to quickly shred the Parmesan cheese (where to buy a Bosch, and here’s more about my beloved Bosch):

parmesan shredded5. Lay the cauliflower out on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, brush on the butter/olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt.

6. Bake until it’s golden brown at 375*, for about 10-15 minutes – don’t overcook or it’ll get mushy.

7. Sprinkle with however much Parmesan cheese that you’d like (a cup or so?), and broil just ’til it’s melted.

  • Use other veggies in this recipe, too! You can actually use this same method to make almost any vegetable dreamy. We’ve tried it with asparagus and green beans and both are really good!!!
  • stainless steel electric frying panAlso, make this recipe on your stove-top! You could also use this recipe to pan-fry/stir-fry veggies in stead of roasting in the oven. We like cast-iron pans, but when we’re feeding a bigger group, we use my favorite pan! (Read more about why I love it here and all the things I can do with it.) Here’s how: Just sprinkle with seasonings, fry in oil on medium heat until they’re crisp-tender, and a couple minutes before they’re done, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on to melt before serving.

Now wait until you see even your kids going nuts over this vegetable side dish! :)


  1. Yumm!! I have PCOS and can’t eat many starches (think potatoes…) I’m always looking for new and tasty ways to make cauliflower. This one looks like a keeper!

      • Hi Jeanmarie, I answered that in a comment below but thanks for the reminder, I should add it to the post. About a cup or so? :)


  2. This sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try it!

    Previously, I never knew what to do with cauliflower. Then, I discovered this easy and delicious recipe:

    Prepare cauliflower, cut into small pieces. Wash and slice mushrooms. Melt butter/olive oil mixture in wok or skillet; add cauli and mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Saute until done. It gets done faster if you let it cook some with a lid on. Very similar to your recipe — without the cheese and still very tasty! :)

    • Good idea to just do the same thing with stir-frying. I like parmesan melted or not, so just sprinkling it on after frying while it’s still hot would work, too. I don’t like mushrooms, but the rest of the family does.


  3. This is my favorite way to do cauliflower. Except I add a lot of fresh minced garlic and I usually have the oven hotter — 425 and it gets kind of “tender crisp” and full of garlicky yummy goodness!

  4. Genius! I love picking up great new ideas for for vegetables especially ones the kids will eat. I am just kinda eat it raw whatever person. My creative juices really get going when we have family or friends around and i LOVED to cook for my husband but that creativity seems to wane when its just me and the kids…

    YUMM! Cauliflower is going back on my list :-)


  5. Roasting veggies in this fashion is what turned the tide with our veggie-avoiding daughter. Asparagus is one of her favorites now; she likes it baked ’til brown and somewhat crispy on the edges. Sweet potatoes slices baked this way carmelize so even I have learned to enjoy them.

    I find it easiest to throw the pieces or slices of veggies into a bowl and toss with oil. Then I spread them out on my baking stone and add sea salt.

  6. I neglected to mention that chard is delicious baked this way, too. We hadn’t tasted it until I fixed it this way. Yum!

    Cut the thick, center veins out and throw them away. Take the leaves that remain and cut them into two-inch strips with your knife. Toss with oil. Lay them on a baking stone and add sea salt. Bake at 400 just until the leaves turn crispy (start watching after 15 minutes). These first turn “mushy” as they bake but will suddenly go crispy and hold their shape when you pick a piece up with your fingers. At that point, they will melt in your mouth, literally!

  7. This looks yummy! Quick question tho–Thats a lot of (expensive here) Parmesean cheese slices, how much of it did you use to go with one head of cauliflower?

    • Yeah, most of that went into the freezer after I shredded it. :)

      I don’t know how much I used, I just sprinkled it all over… Maybe 1 cup or so?

  8. Excellent. Mixed together the butter/olive oil in a bowl and stirred in the cauliflower to coat. Added a couple cloves of minced garlic, too. The Parmesan really gives it a nice touch. Really enjoyed it. Thank you!

  9. This did not turn out well for me, but it sure looked pretty, with the purple cauliflower I used. The Parmesan didn’t shred, it turned into mini-dices in my food processor, and so it wouldn’t really stay on the cauliflower. I like Victory Lynette’s idea of mixing the cheese with butter/olive oil blend. Maybe I’ll try it again.

    Or, I’ll probably just roast the cauliflower! I love roasted veggies.

    • Bummer! But yeah, I didn’t use a food processor on my cheese, but a *shredder* – maybe try that next time?


  10. Steamed cabbage with salt and plenty of butter. The cabbage gets really soft and sweet if you cook it long enough. Put a little water in the pan so it doesn’t burn. Cook with lid on about 15-20 min. My kids love it.

  11. having a food neophobe (10 today) veg have been a long battle, but best recipe was to tell him that picking snowpeas and broadbeans out of the garden was naughty … I try not to catch him stealing and eating as often as possible …

  12. I just tonight made a moo shu with veggies (I used cabbage, broccoli, carrots this time) and eggs that my 2 year old loved, and she usually avoids veggies like the plague.

  13. I do the same thing with broccoli added. My daughter also LOVES roasted brussel sprouts, with butter, olive oil, garlic and a touch of salt :).

  14. Green beans- blanched for a minute then sautéed in olive oil with garlic and almond slivers and, of course butter…so yummy!

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