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Meatless Mondays just got really exciting with these roasted cauliflower steaks! Butter, garlic, and a dusting of salt and pepper give these cauli steaks a simple and delicious flavor, and result in those perfectly crisp, roasted edges. Top this with chimichurri for an extra boost of YUM.

Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Perfect for a Meatless Monday

This is a light, fresh and healthy main dish (or a side if that’s how you prefer to eat your veggies) that comes together fast!

What is a cauliflower steak?

A cauliflower steak is a thick slice of cauliflower that can be cooked and eaten just like a beefy steak. When the cauliflower is sliced vertically and close to the main stem, the florets stay attached to the stem and the ‘branches’. It results in a beautiful floral shaped steak that soaks up the flavors of sauces and marinades.

how to make roasted cauliflower steaks

Have you ever tried these? Cauliflower is a popular substitute for almost ANYTHING these days (at least it seems that way!) but we’re really loving it as this simple main course.

The prep time is quick, and then the oven does the rest of the work!

how to cut cauliflower steaks

Here’s an important tip: you’ll need to use a large head of cauliflower for this recipe. A small head will result in only one or two cauliflower steaks and the rest of it will crumble into florets (which are tasty too, but we want nice THICK steaks)!

Choose cauliflower with a thick stem. The thicker the stem is, the more steaks you will be able to slice. If you can’t find any large cauliflowers with thick stems then make sure you purchase an extra one.

Cutting the cauliflower steaks is easy:

  1. Remove the green leaves from the underside of the cauliflower and cut the stem off so the base is flat. Rinse and dry the cauliflower.
  2. With the stem side down on a cutting board, cut two sides off so they’re flat.
  3. Cut the cauliflower in half, then cut each portion in half again so you get four thick cauliflower steaks.
collage of prepping for cauliflower steaks

next, prepare the cauliflower for roasting

  1. Place the cauliflower steaks on a sheet pan.
  2. In a small dish, combine the softened butter with the grated/crushed garlic to make a spreadable garlic butter.
  3. Spread a tablespoon of the garlic butter on both sides of each of the cauliflower steaks.
  4. Roast the steaks in the oven for 10 minutes, flip, then roast for another 15 minutes.

what does cauliflower steak taste like?

The roast time gives these cauliflower steaks a lovely, crisp outside with a tender, cut-with-a-fork center. Garlic butter pairs well with almost anything, and is especially nice with roasted vegetables. Chimichurri – a fresh, Argentinian herb sauce made of parsley and olive oil- gives these roasted cauliflower steaks a savory/zesty spin. Your taste buds will be delighted with this meatless meal, and best of all, it fits with any diet!

Thick roasted cauliflower steak on plate with fork. Dish of chimichurri sauce and napkin in background.
Garlic butter flavors this roasted cauliflower steak

what to serve with roasted cauliflower steaks

The options are unlimited! Whip up a sheet pan of roasted brussels sprouts with balsamic to leave all the heavy lifting up to your oven. This roasted beet salad with fennel and radish continues to be one of our favorites. Or you could keep on with the zesty, cruciferous veggie theme and make this roasted lemon-chili broccoli as a side.

If you don’t really fall into the meatless meals camp, roasted cauliflower steaks are delicious with a meat of choice. Serve them alongside this sous vide ribeye steak (also incredible with chimichurri) or a lemongrass chicken satay for a fun and unique dinner whether you’re entertaining or cooking for the family.

Whatever you choose, don’t forget something to soak up the extra sauce. Serve these tender vegetarian steaks with some garlic bread or homemade sourdough bread.

Regardless of what you enjoy these roasted cauliflower steaks with, I’m certain you’ll love them! This one’s an easy one with extra points for nutrition. Give this healthy dinner idea a try and let us know what you think!

Other sauces to serve.

Aside from the chimichurri sauce that we served these steaks with, they go well with a variety of sauces such as our buffalo sauce, tahini sauce, spicy Thai peanut sauce or a creamy cheddar cheese sauce.

Plate with cauliflower steak and chimichurri sauce, fork and a dish of sauce in background
The fresh flavors of chimichurri sauce top off this roasted cauliflower steak

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Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These roasted cauliflower steaks are perfect for a Meatless Monday Meal! With crisp roasted edges and a rich garlic butter flavor, this easy sheet pan roasted entrée is topped off with the fresh taste of a chimichurri sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, grated or crushed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chimichurri sauce (storebought or homemade)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F and line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 


Prepare the Cauliflower:

  1. Remove the green leaves from the underside of the cauliflower and trim the stem flat.
  2. Rinse the cauliflower under cold running water, then dry with paper towels.
  3. Place the cauliflower stem side down on the cutting board and carefully cut 2 sides off so they are flat.
  4. Cut the cauliflower in half, then cut each half in half again for a total of 4 thick cauliflower slices
  5. Place the cauliflower steaks/slices on the sheet pan.
  6. In a small dish combine the softened butter and the grated/crushed garlic together, blending well. 
  7. Spread a tablespoon of the garlic butter on both sides of each steak/slice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast the Cauliflower Steaks:

  1. Transfer the sheet pan to the oven and roast the cauliflower steaks for 10 minutes, turn the steaks with a spatula and continue to roast for another 15 minutes or until tender when pierced at the stem with a skewer.  
  2. Serve each cauliflower steak with a tablespoon or more of chimichurri sauce.

Notes

  • Save the pieces of cauliflower that has been cut off for another purpose.
  • Try to choose cauliflower that has a thick stem down the center. If the stem is skinny then you will only get 2 cauliflower steaks from it.
  • Cauliflower adapts well to a variety of sauces such as our buffalo sauce, tahini sauce, spicy Thai peanut sauce or a creamy cheddar cheese sauce.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 200mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Tarah

Monday 12th of April 2021

What temperature do you roast these on?

Dahn Boquist

Monday 12th of April 2021

400°F. Preheat the oven before you put them in.

Jeff the Chef

Thursday 12th of March 2020

I've never had a cauliflower steak, even though I love cauloflower, and it seems like such a delicious way to prepare it. Thanks for urging me on!

Pat Nyswonger

Thursday 12th of March 2020

Hi, Jeff...This is a great new way to enjoy cauliflower and it is so easy! Cut nice, thick slices of cauli, drizzle with oil, season and roast! And you have so many options for toppings. The Spanish Romesco Sauce is really delicious with this! Thanks for your comments, I hope you try it!

angiesrecipes

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

That looks so good with chimichurri sauce :-)

Pat Nyswonger

Thursday 12th of March 2020

Thank you, Angie!

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