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Baked Breaded Cauliflower

Baked Breaded Cauliflower

Roasted Breaded Cauliflower

This baked breaded cauliflower recipe is, I think, one of the best ways to eat cauliflower.

The butter, parmesan and garlic add all the flavours to perfectly complement the taste of the cauliflower. You do not need any salt and pepper. They also give a lovely crunchy exterior.

panko crusted cauliflower

It only takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare and is perfect to cook together with your roast dinner as you can add it to the oven at the appropriate time in the cooking cycle.

Panko Crusted Cauliflower

In this recipe, I like to use Panko breadcrumbs as they are crispy and light and do give the crispiness you want on the outside of the floret head, without absorbing all of the butter.

breaded baked cauliflower
Ready for the oven

Much of the butter stays in the head of the cauliflower, giving it a great taste and helping to cook it thoroughly. I think using butter is better than trying to make this with olive oil.

However, I suppose you could always use other breadcrumbs if you cannot get the Panko type. It may look and taste a bit different though, and the cauliflower bites may not be as light.

sheet pan roast cauliflower

Roasted Breaded Cauliflower with Parmesan and Garlic

I think the taste of the roasted cauliflower florets, together with the butter, parmesan and garlic combination is perfect.

This dish is, therefore, a super lighter alternative to a cauliflower cheese side as an accompaniment to a roast dinner

roasted broccoli and cauliflower with parmesan

We munched our way through the entire crispy cauliflower between the three of us when I made these photographs, together with a delicious piece of baked ham and some baked potatoes.

It was a lovely roast meal, all cooked in the oven with minimum preparation. Very easy and super tasty – the family loved it.

roasted cauliflower parmesan bread crumbs
Baked Breaded Cauliflower

This cauliflower recipe is now definitely a firm family favourite in our household and I strongly recommend you try it as soon as you can. You will not regret it.

baked breaded cauliflower
Crispy Cauliflower Florets

If you do try to make this, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make crispy baked cauliflower

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baked breaded cauliflower

Baked Breaded Cauliflower

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This easy-to-prepare baked breaded cauliflower recipe with butter, garlic and parmesan is a delicious accompaniment to a Sunday roast dinner.


  • 1 whole cauliflower
  • 50g salted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 20 g Panko breadcrumbs
  • 20g Finely Grated Parmesan (or Grana Padano)
  • Dried crushed garlic, freshly ground


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Then melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add the minced garlic to the butter and mix with a teaspoon.
  3. Measure out the panko breadcrumbs and parmesan into separate bowls.
  4. Cut the cauliflower into small florets. Then, holding the stalk f the floret, dip the head of the floret into the butter/garlic mix and then dip into the parmesan and then the breadcrumbs (the butter is very important for the taste and also acts as the glue to stick the cheese and breadcrumbs).
  5. Then put the florets onto a sheet pan with the head facing upwards. Freshly grind some of the dried garlic on top from your garlic mill.
  6. Then place in the oven at 180C for about 40-45 minutes or until the florets have started to brown lightly. (The time may vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on them the first time you make them).


This is a great dish to serve up as a side dish with a roast dinner. A delicious taste and the perfect accompaniment.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 166Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 229mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 5g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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