The Perfect Cauliflower Steak (Plus 15 Flavor Variations)


Step 1Preparation: Start by choosing fresh, medium-sized cauliflowers. After washing, dry them thoroughly. This ensures that the cauliflowers roast nicely in the oven and allow the spices to infuse properly. Prepare all the spices you'll be using in this recipe (see recipe tips above for flavor variations). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2Cutting: Remove any excess green leaves. Place the cauliflower on a cutting board, stem side up. Using a sharp knife, cut it into slices, about 2 cm (3/4 inch) thick. You should get 2-3 "steaks" from each cauliflower, plus free florets. This recipe uses the whole cauliflower although you could use just the steaks, and then use the florets in other recipes (see tips above).

Step 3Seasoning: In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, sea salt, ground black pepper, and your choice of spices. Brush this mixture over both sides of the cauliflower steaks.

Step 4Cooking: You can either roast the cauliflower steaks in the oven at 220 °C/ 430 °F (fan assisted), or 240 °C/ 465 °F (conventional), for 20-25 minutes, flipping then half way, or grill them over medium heat for about 10 minutes, flipping them half way. Either way, you'll end up with a delicious, tender cauliflower steak that's beautifully caramelized.

Step 5Serve: Eat warm or let it cool down and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat before serving.