Oven-Baked Smoky Cauliflower with Parmesan

This simple yet flavorful recipe for oven-baked cauliflower features smoked paprika and Parmesan cheese, creating a dish that’s not only delicious but also easy to prepare. Perfect for a healthy side dish or a vegetarian main course, this cauliflower recipe is sure to become a favorite.


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 50 grams Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)


  1. Preheat the Oven and Prepare the Cauliflower:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). While the oven is heating, remove the leaves and trim the stem of the cauliflower, keeping the head intact.
    • Cut the cauliflower into florets, ensuring they are roughly the same size for even cooking.
  2. Season the Cauliflower:
    • In a large mixing bowl, toss the cauliflower florets with olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper until they are well coated. The smoked paprika not only adds a beautiful color but also gives a delightful depth of flavor.
  3. Bake the Cauliflower:
    • Spread the seasoned cauliflower florets in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Ensure they are not overcrowded to allow for proper roasting.
    • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for about 25-30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender and the edges are caramelized and crispy.
  4. Add Parmesan Cheese:
    • About 5 minutes before the end of the baking time, sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the cauliflower. Return it to the oven to allow the cheese to melt and slightly brown.
  5. Garnish and Serve:
    • Remove the cauliflower from the oven and let it cool slightly. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with chopped parsley if using. This adds a fresh contrast to the smoky and savory flavors.


Enjoy this Oven-Baked Smoky Cauliflower with Parmesan as a delightful side that complements a wide range of main dishes, from grilled meats to a complete vegetarian meal. Its ease of preparation and exquisite taste makes it a perfect choice for both weeknight dinners and special occasions. The combination of smoky warmth from the paprika with the nutty, crispy Parmesan topping will satisfy your taste buds and add a sophisticated touch to your culinary repertoire.