Parmesan Cauliflower Bites – Just 5 Ingredients!

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Crispy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites will be the hit of your party or dinner table! They are low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free and melt in your mouth delicious! Follow our easy breading technique to get these in your belly quick!

Crispy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites in a bowl

Sometimes I think I could start a PR firm just to represent cauliflower! I sing its praises in so many recipes.

Curried Cauliflower Rice and Cauliflower Grits will make you second guess the need for rice. This amazing vegetable even makes an appearance on pizza night as cauliflower pizza bites or crust. And, these Parmesan Cauliflower Bites will sit proudly alongside traditional wings on any party table.

This versatile vegetable just needs to be advertised correctly.

For example, this tasty finger food could be called Parmesan Cauliflower Poppers. The florets are lightly coated in butter and then breaded with Parmesan cheese, paprika and roasted until crispy. You’ll want to pop one in your mouth as soon as they come out of the oven.

Did you fall for my trick?

I called them “poppers” and baked them until they will melt in your mouth and now you’re really interested. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt my case that they look tasty and they really ARE the best low-carb, keto-friendly, clean-eating “wings” around.

They will literally put a smile on your face, especially if you use our easy breading technique.

How to bread cauliflower with Parmesan cheese the easy way

Melted butter makes Parmesan cheese stick to the cauliflower. In order to keep this recipe low-carb and gluten-free, we did not add any breadcrumbs. Paprika and black pepper are mixed with the cheese too.

However, adding some whole wheat panko breadcrumbs is very tasty. We used a breading variation with breadcrumbs for Parmesan Chicken Nuggets which will also work here.

Now, for a little rant and a tip…I really do hate to mess up lots of dishes and/or clean up a mess. So, I use a “1” bowl with a lid to do all the dirty work. Simply melt butter in the bowl. Add the cauliflower, close the top and gently shake to coat the florets. Open the lid and use a spoon to check that the butter is distributed evenly and use the spoon to toss the florets a little more if necessary.

Next, sprinkle the cheese mixture over the top of the florets and repeat.

Note: These steps can be done in smaller batches if desired.

Finally, spread the cauliflower out on a baking sheet and bake until crispy.

No fuss, no muss…except please be aware that the paprika makes these crispy parmesan cauliflower bites the pretty color that they become…and paprika doesn’t play well with a white shirt! It’s not a bad idea to enjoy them with a fork.

We use the same no-mess preparation process for Oven Baked Chicken Tenders and Broiled Scallops with a Parmesan Crust! It really works!

Parmesan Crusted Cauliflower in a bowl

Aren’t they gorgeous?!

Video of how to make Crispy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites

Rather than include a bunch of pictures to demonstrate the process, we created this little video to show you how it’s done:


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Parmesan Cauliflower Bites - Just 5 Ingredients

Crispy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites will be the hit of your party or dinner table! They're low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free and melt in your mouth delicious! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 119kcal


  • 3 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Toss cauliflower florets with melted butter.
  • Combine Parmesan cheese, paprika and pepper in a large container or plastic bag that closes.
  • Add cauliflower florets and gently toss to coat.
  • Place cauliflower in a single layer on baking sheet sprayed to prevent sticking.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until edges begin to crisp.
  • Enjoy hot from the oven!


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 36.1mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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  1. These look fantastic and will be perfect at our Super Bowl party this weekend! Thanks!

  2. I don’t see a video, I was really hoping to see how this is done.

    • Hi! The video of how to make Parmesan Cauliflower Bites is just before the recipe instructions on a mobile device and will appear at the top and then in the side bar as you scroll on a desktop computer.

  3. Janice Bixel says

    Do you cook the cauliflower first?

  4. This was AMAZING!!! Just made for dinner…a HUGE HIT! Will definitely make again!! Big thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

  5. If you were to add garlic, how much and what form would it be?

  6. can i use frozen cauliflower florets for this? have you tried it yet?

  7. I made this for dinner side dish. Followed exact recipe. It was delicious!

  8. This was amazing and has become my new go-to cauliflower recipe. I didn’t change a thing.

  9. What kind of a dip could you have with these

  10. Diane Corning says

    How are these if served room temp or cold?

  11. Bella Hardy @ says

    These parmesan cauliflower bites are so Instagrammable and adorable! As you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely! Thx, Marjory for sharing!

  12. Absolutely love them thank you!!

    My husband makes an unbelievable dill dip for wings that I usually miss out on because I don’t eat meat. But now – I make these and with the dip they are just wow. Great recipe thank you!

  13. Can you use riced cauliflower? Or fresh broccoli florets ?

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