Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Whip up this Instant Pot garlic parmesan whole roasted cauliflower in a hurry. It is great for vegetarians as a hearty main dish or slice up and serve it as a side dish next to your main dish. Zesty lemon, savory garlic, and butter come together for one of the most flavorful ways to serve up your cauliflower.
This Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower is so darn delicious I can’t decide if I want to eat it as a meal or as a side dish. I do know, I can not stop eating it. This makes for a delicious Keto meal or side dish. I love the ease of making this in my instant pot. It is cooked to perfection and the garlic parmesan really pushes this over the flavor edge and packs a great punch of flavor.
Lazy Night Garlic Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower
The other night I was tired, it had been a long day and I needed something quick. Have you ever had nights like that? I went into the fridge and pantry and whipped up this garlic Parmesan whole roasted cauliflower. It is such a simple side for my family, and it is truly bursting with fresh and zesty flavors.
How Easy Is Garlic Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower
I used my Instant Pot to whip up my cauliflower. It has become an essential kitchen tool that is allowing me to cook incredible dishes and even desserts for my family and loved ones.
This roasted cauliflower takes minutes to prep. I just put it on a baking sheet and popped it in the oven under broil. This helps give you that slight golden crunch on the outside with a tender and soft cauliflower on the inside. Within five minutes I was ready to serve up this outstanding and light side.
How Much Is A Head of Cauliflower
You will see that most heads of cauliflower will be around 2 pounds, which equals around 3-4 cups of cauliflower florets. This is a good gauge to know how many heads you need to serve your family.
Is Cauliflower Good For Weight Loss
Many people reach for cauliflower because it is low in calories and full of fiber, which leaves you feeling full. This is a keto-friendly recipe, and such a treat to make.
Tips For Making Your Instant Pot Garlic-Parmesan Cauliflower
- Remove Leaves | Make sure to remove any leaves or extra stem off your cauliflower. I also always give it a good rinse before I prep my cauliflower head.
- Brush | I find using a brush is the best way to apply the butter mixture with all the seasonings onto the cauliflower. It helps give a nice even coat and allows the mixture to somewhat seep into the little crevices.
- Seasonings | If you feel that the seasonings don’t look like there is enough, sprinkle on a little extra. The main flavor will be on the exterior, so as you slice in the center will be more plain cauliflower in flavor so it is nice to pair each bite with the outer portion.
You seriously can’t go wrong with this Instant Pot side recipe. If you want to try something a bit different, give it a go, and be prepared to be amazed.
Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower
This Instant Pot Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower is so delicious. Either as a meal or as a side dish. Keto friendly and delicious!
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons parsley chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
- Trim leaves from cauliflower head and wash. Place on trivet in your pot with 1/2 - 1 cup of water.
- Combine butter, garlic, lemon zest, parsley, salt and pepper. Brush mixture on top of cauliflower. Slather it up good.
- Close the lid, make sure it’s in the sealing position and turn toggle to seal.
- Press Pressure (it should automatically set to HIGH pressure). Set time to *1 minutes. Hit START. When finished do a quick release.
For an extra crispy finish
- Carefully remove your cauliflower head & place on a baking sheet.
- Sprinkle 2 TBSP of Parmesan cheese over the top and sides.
- Place in the oven on broil until your cheese is starting to brown.
* your cauliflower will still be a bit crisp and cut well with a knife. If you prefer a softer cauliflower you may want to PC for 2-3 min.
Adapted from Spend with Pennies Garlic Parmesan Whole Roasted Cauliflower.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 296mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g
You write that you used your “crisping lid.” What does that mean?
I corrected it. I did originally write this recipe with some Ninja Foodi directions included as well and missed that. 🙂
I made it tonight and it was delicious!
I am so glad you loved it! 🙂
Can this be doubled?
If you can fit two heads in your pot, you sure can double it. The time should be the same.
Have you tried with cheddar?
Yes I have another version if you would like to try. It is cheddar cheesy delicious! https://www.sparklestosprinkles.com/instant-pot-cheesy-cauliflower/
@Melissa, cheddar cheese sauce is great too!
Yum! Have you ever tried making this with cauliflower florets? I’m wondering if it might be extra delicious if florets were tossed in the seasoning mix before cooking, giving each bite LOTS of seasoned yumminess.
anyone make this with olive oil instead of butter?
I was thinking about using one of those flavor injectors to get the seasonings inside.
Truly just one minute? Definitely want to make this.
Yes 1 min is all you need to still have a bit of crispness. If you would like a softer end result you can increase the cook time by 1 or 2 minutes.
I suppose it also changes with the size of the head… Gave mine 2 Min tonight and it’s just better than raw :-). Will do 4 next time.
By the way 3 Min at 400 with the crisper lid on the instapot duo crisp worked perfectly for the cheese crust.
I made this tonight and it was really good (and I don’t consider myself a cauliflower fan). But I think next time I’ll break it into florets to get more of the seasoning/Parmesan on the cauliflower.
I cooked it in my IP for 1 minute as instructed and did a quick release and it was super hard. We had to put it in the microwave for 10 mins to get it edible. Is 1 minute the correct time to cook in the IP?
Hi Amber, Yes 1 minute is the correct time for a still crisp cauliflower. Some folks prefer 0 minutes. Try doing yours for 4 min next time. I would be nervous with much longer. See if 4 minutes hits the spot you like.
Just FYI, 4 minutes was mush. We redid for 2 minutes and it was a little too soft so i think the 1 minute we did previously maybe my IP was not sealed correctly. Will try 1 minute next time with quick release.
Do you just put it in the IP or place some water in it?
Just place it in your IP on a trivet and add between 1/2 – 1 cup of water.
perfect 1st recipe to try with my new Instant pot! added it to a bed of rice and mushroom “gravy/rue” and it was a fantastic meal. My husband even had seconds! I too was skeptical about the 1 minute, but I think the time it took to come to pressure added to the cooking time.
Thank you for making me not so scared of my new toy!
What type of parmesan did everyone use? I’m making mine now; it’s still cooking and I used fresh grated parmesan. Did everyone else use fresh or did you use the dry stuff? If so, how did it turn out? Also, when mine is done I’ll post again and let you know how mine turns out. I’m cooking it for 2 minutes since we like it a little softer.
what do you think about AF after the quick release? just enough to melt the cheese and give it some crispness to the texture?
Oh yes, definitely air fry at the end for some crispiness. 🙂
Suggestion/direction on cooking this if you do not have an IP.
Yes you can bake in the oven at 400 degrees in a dutch oven, Cover the dutch oven with a lid and bake for 35-45 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender and pierces easily with a skewer, knife or fork.
Save 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese to finish it off under the broiler. Place the cauliflower under the broiler and broil for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is browned.
Is the trivia the item that comes with the 6 quart, or is this an accessory you have to purchase?
The trivet does come with your pot. I have purchased a silicone one that I LOVE and use. https://amzn.to/2YfndnQ
That is trivet I was asking about. Spell check changed it to trivia.
This was so easy to make and it was delicious! Thanks for sharing!