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Cauliflower Steaks

These Cauliflower Steaks are a creative and delicious side that can go with any meal. You’ll love their crisp texture and how each one is packed with flavor.

Cauliflower Steaks with tahini sauce

You are going to love these cauliflower steaks. They are a great way to enjoy your vegetables, with each one packing tons of flavor and a nice golden brown crust. These cauliflower steaks have just the right seasonings to make them taste exciting and delicious. This recipe is really simple, too. Only a handful of ingredients are needed to make it.

This is also a very healthy alternative to other cooking methods like stir fry, which uses a lot of oil, or boiling, which leeches out essential nutrients from the cauliflower. Just a drizzle of olive oil and some seasoning, and you have a yummy side dish that your whole family – even the kids! – will enjoy. You’ll be surprised by how just the right recipe can change the mind of the most uninterested vegetable eater at the table.

Main Ingredients

Ingredients for the cauliflower steaks

Cauliflower. You’ll need two medium heads to make 4 steaks.

Olive Oil. You could also substitute this with other healthy oils, such as grapeseed or avocado oil.

Ground Flax Seeds. These add a really nice crunch after they’ve been cooked. You could also use ground chia seeds instead of flax if you prefer.

Za’atar Spice. This seasoning adds the most amazing flavor! It can be found in large health food stores, or on Amazon.com. I buy this one. It’s very versatile and tastes great on any roasted vegetable or meat, so you don’t have to worry about having any leftovers.

Onion Powder. This is used to give the cauliflower extra flavor. It could be omitted if you don’t like the flavor.

Salt.

How to Make Cauliflower Steaks

1. Remove the cauliflower stems and leaves. Cut each cauliflower head down the middle. Then, move the knife about 1 ½ – 2 inches to the left, and cut the steak. Do the same on the right. (each head makes 2 steaks). Reserve the remaining cauliflower for future use.

Proper way to cut the cauliflower steaks

2. Lay the steaks on a baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil. Then, sprinkle on the spices. Make sure all of the spices stick to the steaks, so they can bake in and give the cauliflower the best flavor.

Seasoning the steaks

3. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, flip carefully, and then bake for another 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steaks. In addition, you can broil them for about 2 minutes, in order to get a beautiful golden crust.

baking and flipping the steaks

4. Serve as a side to any dish. It tastes great with Creamy Tahini Sauce*

*I use this recipe to make Tahini Sauce.

pouring tahini sauce over the Cauliflower Steaks

How to Cut the Cauliflower for Steaks

It’s best to make two steaks from each cauliflower head. If you attempt to make 3 steaks, your steaks most likely will break during the flipping. Two is best to keep them stable.

First, remove the green leaves and the stem on the bottom. Cut the cauliflower head down the middle.

Then, move the knife about 1 ½ – 2 inches to the left, and cut the steak. Do the same on the right. You should land up with four steaks now.

Tips for Buying the Best Cauliflower

When you’re buying cauliflower, there are a few things you should look for so that you get the freshest heads. Make sure the florets are white and creamy in color, and there are no blemishes or spots. The leaves should also be blemish-free. Do not buy one that has a strong smell because it is probably going bad. And also look for a cauliflower head that feels heavy for its size.

Cauliflower Steaks cut into pieces

What to Do With Leftover Florets

Leftover florets can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week. During this time, you can use them in other recipes. I usually like to make cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower with mine. Here are some great recipe ideas you can try:

Cauliflower has such a mild flavor that it is often overlooked when vegetables are being added to a meal. But with the right seasonings to give it a yummy flavor, cauliflower acts as a great base. It has really wonderful texture and can be so versatile. I hope you’ll give these cauliflower steaks a try and see how easy, convenient, and delicious they really are.

Cauliflower Steaks on a baking tray

More tasty recipes to try:

Cauliflower Steaks

Tania Sheff

These Cauliflower Steaks are a creative and delicious side that can go with any meal. You’ll love their crisp texture and how each one is packed with flavor.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 30 mins

Course Side Dish

Cuisine American

Servings 4 steaks

Calories 229 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 heads of cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. ground flax seeds or breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp. za’atar spice
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

  • Remove the cauliflower stems and leaves. Cut each cauliflower head down the middle. Then, move the knife about 1 ½ – 2 inches to the left, and cut the steak. Do the same on the right. (each head makes 2 steaks). Reserve the remaining cauliflower for future use.
  • Lay the steaks on a baking sheet and drizzle them with olive oil. Then, sprinkle on the spices. Make sure all of the spices stick to the steaks, so they can bake in and give the cauliflower the best flavor.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, flip carefully, and then bake for another 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steaks. In addition, you can broil them for about 2 minutes, in order to get a beautiful golden crust.
  • Serve as a side to any dish. It tastes great with Creamy Tahini Sauce

Notes

ABOUT ZA’ATAR SPICE
This spice adds the most amazing flavor! It can be found in large health food stores, or on Amazon.com. I buy this one. It’s very versatile and tastes great on any roasted vegetable or meat, so you don’t have to worry about having any leftovers.
CREAMY TAHINI SAUCE RECIPE

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ⅛ cup water
  • ⅛ cup lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

Mix the above ingredients well. 

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 534mgPotassium: 648mgFiber: 8gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 934IUVitamin C: 85mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 2mg

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