The Best Whole Roasted Cauliflower

The absolute best whole roasted cauliflower recipe! Super simple, tender roast cauliflower using just a few simple ingredients and tastes like restaurant quality!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins

Yield: Serves 3-4 1x


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil and parsley
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Rinse cauliflower head and pat try then gently remove the outer leaves and cut off the bottom so it’s flat and most of the woody stem is removed (keep the head intact)
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, garlic, cheese and seasonings
  4. Place the trimmed cauliflower head upside down (core side up) onto a dutch oven (about 6 quarts in size)
  5. Drizzle 1/2 the sauce over the cauliflower to make sure it covers all around (I tilt it around)
  6. Flip over and drizzle remaining sauce on top. I like to use a pastry brush to spread it cross too so the entire head is covered
  7. Cover the dutch oven with a lid and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender (I like to stick a fork in it to see)
  8. Remove the lid and sprinkle some extra grated parmesan cheese on top then broil for 5 minutes or until the cauliflower is brown and golden
  9. Serve while warm with desired mains like Crispy Chicken Thighs (no grill needed)Chicken Meatballs and Buffalo Blue Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf


*Store leftovers in airtight container for 5 days

  • Author: Rachel