We love easy cauliflower recipes, and my kids consider this cruciferous their favorite. When I make a Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower recipe, one serving is never enough! Seconds and even third helpings are in the offing, for sure.
In the time when the majority of us are spending more time at home, we can experiment and offer more healthy foods and meal options. This roasted garlic cauliflower is one of such foods.
How To Make Roasted Cauliflower
First things first – you need to wash cauliflower head or the florets, if you bought them precut. Don’t depend on the promise that these florets were prewashed. Always wash your fresh vegetables and fruit!
Separate and cut cauliflower bunches into smaller florets approximately of the same size. I do not cut them to tiny pieces as they will burn easily.
You can easily prepare a bowl with melted butter that will be used as a dipping sauce. If you prefer olive oil – go ahead and dip in the olive oil instead.
Each cauliflower floret needs to be dipped into the butter or oil and then transferred into the bowl with spices, cheese and bread crumbs. This layer will allow each floret to roast and get that delicious crunch.
How Long Does It Take to Roast Cauliflower In the Oven?
I love this crispy roasted cauliflower dish for two reasons. First, it is easily and quickly done. Second, every cauliflower piece has a delicious crunchy texture. And I’ve loved this taste since my childhood.
If you love simple and easy, yet bursting with nutrition foods, try this Oven Roasted Chickpeas recipe.
When you roast the single cauliflower florets in the oven, it takes around 25 minutes to achieve a desirable crunchiness. However, all ovens are different, and we roast different sizes of florets. The bigger the florets, increase your roasting time by about 2 minutes. In addition, check the readiness of the florets before increasing the cooking time again.
If you would like to prepare a whole roasted cauliflower Parmesan dish, then increase the cooking time to 40-50 minutes in the oven. Poke the cauliflower head with a sharp knife to determine if it is cooked.
For a unique snack, you can easily make these Thai Curry Cashews Roasted in Coconut Sugar. Low glycemic and flavorful are these nuts.
What Do You Serve Oven Roasted Cauliflower With?
We love our roasted garlic Parmesan cauliflower as a snack or served as a side dish to any protein meal. I usually buy two heads of cauliflower to roast them with garlic and herbs. In the times like this one, when we are all home, serving roasted vegetables as snacks works great.
Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflowe
Oven roasted cauliflower is crispy and flavorful as it is spiced up with garlic and Parmesan cheese. Simple and delicious.
- 1 cauliflower head
- 1 stick butter, which is 1/2 cup
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese or any grated cheese on hand
- Dried herbs like basil, oregano, thyme Optional
Preheat oven to 400F (205C)
Use parchment paper to line a baking sheet.
Prepare cauliflower florets by washing cauliflower and separating it into smaller florets. Don't make florets too small, as they will burn easily.
Allow cauliflower florets to dry prior to coating in bread crumbs.
In the first bowl, pour melted butter. Add garlic to butter and mix together.
In the second bowl, pour bread crumbs. Add salt, pepper, dry herbs of choice, and Parmesan cheese (or any shredded cheese, it will work just fine).
Dip individual florets into the bowl with butter, then dip it into the bowl with bread crumbs mixture. Transfer a coated floret onto the baking sheet with parchment paper. Continue with dipping and coating until all florets are coated.
Roast cauliflower florets in the oven for 25 minutes. Carefully test one floret if it is ready: soft and crunchy.
If you have bigger pieces of cauliflower, you may want to keep them in the oven for another 2 minutes or more. Always test for readiness prior to any increase of cooking time.