Spicy Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a real go-to veggie in any low carb eating plan. It has a distinctive flavor of its own, yet it goes well with cheese, garlic, various spices, chicken, and all types of meat, so the options for preparing it are practically endless. While I love many of the more involved cauliflower recipes, sometimes simple is the best. Give this recipe a try the next time you want a quick and easy side dish. You won’t be sorry!


Serves 4


Spicy Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

This is a perfect side dish for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Just toss it all together and pop it in the oven for a flavorful, low carb side that pairs well with everything from poultry to beef to pork roasts.

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 large head cauliflower, rinsed, dried, and separated into florets
  • 3 T olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, divided
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 450˚F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add cauliflower florets, olive oil, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes to a large bowl and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Spread seasoned cauliflower on prepared baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 20-25 minutes at 450˚F, stirring once to ensure cauliflower cooks evenly.
  4. Remove from oven and set the broiler to high. Evenly sprinkle cauliflower with ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese and place under the broiler until golden brown (approximately 2 minutes).
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


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