Whole roasted cauliflower with parsley and lemon

Cauliflower is delicious! And it’s both cheap and healthy. You can really easily make great side dishes for dinner with cauliflower. For example, you can try a baked cauliflower with lots of flavors. The whole family will love it. Read along here and get our recipe for a whole roasted cauliflower with parsley and lemon.

Whole roasted cauliflower with parsley and lemon and cheese

Easy baked cauliflower

We love cabbage at home, and cauliflower is no exception.

You can make so much delicious food with cauliflower, and it is something that both children and adults love to put their teeth into at our home.

Baked cauliflower is one of my favorites. It is a whole roasted cauliflower in the oven, which you can give a taste of delicious herbs, cheese, or something else.

Here in the recipe, it is baked whole cauliflower with parsley, lemon, a little garlic, and parmesan.

Then it will not get much better.

You can of course vary the topping so that it is as you like it best, and try with other herbs or other kinds of cheese.

Whole roasted cauliflower does not get as soft in texture as when you boil it. It has a bite to it, and that’s how we like it best. If you want it soft, you can boil it a little before roasting it.

We like best to just roast it because we don’t like it too soft.

But it’s entirely up to you.

Baked cauliflower is perfect to serve with everything from fish to chicken or other types of meat. There’s actually not much that it does not go with.

whole roasted cauliflower in oven with parsley, parmesan and lemon

Ingredient notes

Cauliflower – Choose a nice and large cauliflower head. Then it can not go completely wrong.

Parsley – Parsley gives a good taste to the cauliflower. You can also try other types of herbs.

Lemon – The sour taste from the lemon peel, goes well with parsley and cauliflower.

Butter – There is usually a little butter on top. It gives a wonderful nutty taste when baked.

Parmesan – The parmesan contributes some creaminess and it has a good salty taste that goes well with the mild cabbage. You can also use other kinds of cheeses.

How to make whole roasted cauliflower with parsley and lemon?

It is not at all that difficult to make whole roasted cauliflower.

First, the cauliflower must be prepared. It is washed and the green leaves are removed, and then it must be dried with a paper towel or a tea towel. The cauliflower head is placed in an ovenproof dish.

Then melt some butter and add chopped garlic, chopped parsley, and lemon zest. The cauliflower is brushed with the melted spice butter, and then it should have salt and pepper and then go in the oven.

After an hour, it should have parmesan on top, and then it should just be allowed to melt, and then it’s ready to serve. If necessary, sprinkle the finished cauliflower with a little fresh parsley and serve immediately.

Find the full recipe further down this page.

whole baked cauliflower with parsley and lemon

Frequently asked questions

Can I save the leftovers?

Yes, you can easily store leftovers, it tastes really good cold the next day in the lunch box. The leftovers can also be used in a salad.

Can I use anything else than parsley?

Yes, you can easily experiment with other herbs. Thyme is also super delicious with cauliflower.

Can I use anything else than parmesan?

Yes, you can easily use another cheese. For example, if you want a milder and more kid-friendly taste, you can use mozzarella.

Help, my cauliflower is not getting cooked all the way through

When you bake the cauliflower in the oven, you will get a crispy cauliflower with a bite to it. This is how we love to eat it ourselves. If you would rather have a softer cauliflower, you can boil it before brushing it and putting it in the oven. It will also reduce the baking time of the cauliflower.

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whole roasted cauliflower with parmesan, parsley and lemon

Recipe for oven-baked cauliflower

Here you get our easy recipe for baked cauliflower with parsley, lemon, garlic and parmesan. It is easy to make and gives a wonderful cauliflower with a bite to it.

We hope you enjoy serving whole roasted cauliflower for the family. You can serve it with everything from fish to chicken or other meat.

Whole roasted cauliflower with parsley and lemon and cheese

Whole roasted cauliflower with parsley and lemon

Recipe for whole roasted cauliflower with parsley and lemon
A whole cauliflower in the oven with delicious topping with lots of flavors. You get a crispy cauliflower with a bite to it, and good taste from parsley, garlic, lemon, and parmesan. If you want a soft cauliflower, you can boil the cauliflower before putting it in the oven.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Danish
Servings 4 people
Calories 171 kcal


  • 1 cauliflower
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 dl parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon the zest
  • 30 g parmesan
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Turn the oven to 200 degrees Celcius ordinary heat.
  • Wash the cauliflower head, remove the green leaves, and dry it. Put it in an ovenproof dish.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan. Finely chop the parsley and garlic and put it in the melted butter together with grated lemon zest.
  • Spread the butter over the cauliflower, season with salt and pepper, and put the dish in the oven for 1 hour at 200 degrees celcius.
  • After an hour, spread grated parmesan over the cauliflower. Put the dish in the oven again for about 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly golden on top.
  • Sprinkle with a little fresh parsley, and serve immediately, for example with fish, chicken or meat.


Calories: 171kcal
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