Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Several years ago I shared a recipe for marinated spicy roasted cauliflower. The marinade includes chili powder, cumin, and curry for a spicy flavor. Today’s recipe, parmesan roasted cauliflower is a simple but flavorful dish that many home cooks seem to overlook. This dish is perfect for winter, especially when paired with a side of roasted potatoes and meats or served with some warm pasta. Roasting the cauliflower brings out its natural nutty flavor, and the parmesan cheese adds a crispy richness that will have you craving more. A whole roasted head of cauliflower can be really impressive.

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Use organic when available. Makes 6 1/2 cup servings


Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

A whole roasted head of cauliflower can be really impressive when browned in the oven with a crispy parmesan crust.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword parmesan roasted cauliflower, roasted cauliflower
Servings 6


  • 1 medium cauliflower
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives plus for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C)
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil
  • Cut leaves and bottom core off cauliflower so it's flat
  • Place in a shallow microwave-safe baking dish & add about 1 inch of water
  • Microwave on high for 8 minutes
  • Remove drained cauliflower from glass dish & move to baking sheet
  • Combine Greek yogurt, chopped chives, parsley, and garlic in a bowl
  • Spread on the cauliflower from top to bottom
  • Press parmesan cheese onto top of cauliflower and down sides
  • Bake cauliflower until tender and golden about 40 minutes
  • Cook until the tip of a sharp knife slides all the way to the core of the cauliflower with little resistance
  • Garnish with fresh parsley or chives


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

14 thoughts to “Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower”

  1. This sounds delicious and definitely something my family would eat. I don’t have a microwave but I guess that I could just boil the cauliflower first.


    1. Yes a pre-boil will cut your roasting time. Add it to a pot of boiling water. Thanks for the nice comment Catherine!

  2. This sounds delicious and easy enough to prepare for just me (since I don’t think anyone else in the house but my husband would even try it). Pinned.

  3. My 2 boys will usually only eat cauliflower if it’s covered in cheese sauce but your recipe sounds great, thank you

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