Nearly everyone loves a good steak. But did you know that you can have a delicious vegetarian steak, too? Veggie lovers, meet this cauliflower steak recipe.
What Is Cauliflower Steak?
Cauliflower steak is just a fancy name for a thick slice of fresh cauliflower. When you slice cauliflower into “steaks” and then roast them in the oven, the cauliflower takes on a tasty, nutty flavor that livens up the vegetable. Cauliflower steaks make an excellent main dish that even meat lovers will enjoy. It doesn’t hurt that cauliflower is deliciously good for you, too!
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, part of the broccoli, cabbage and kale clan. It’s been found to reduce cancer risk; glucosinolates, the compounds that give cauliflower its distinctive smell when cooked, help keep cancer cells from growing. Thanks to the high amount of antioxidants, cauliflower is also awesome at reducing inflammation.
Just one cup of cauliflower is packed with necessary vitamins and minerals. In fact, 73 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C is in a serving of cauliflower. And if you have issues with digestion, you might want to add some more cauliflower to your diet; glucosinolates are also excellent at protecting your stomach’s lining, preventing leaky gut and helping to detox the liver so that your body absorbs more of the nutrients you’re eating.
One serving of this roasted cauliflower steak provides: (1)
- 97 calories
- 2.12 grams protein
- 7.52 grams fat
- 7.49 grams carbohydrates
- 66.9 micrograms vitamin K (74 percent DV)
- 47.2 milligrams vitamin C (63 percent DV)
- 3 grams fiber (12 percent DV)
- 4.13 milligrams iron (23 percent DV)
- 0.404 milligrams manganese (22 percent DV)
How to Make Cauliflower Steak
It’s clear that this is one healthy dish. So how do you make this cauliflower steak recipe?
Start by preheating the oven to 350 F. While the oven heats up, slice the cauliflower into “steaks.”
You want big chunks here!
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cauliflower steaks on them, then drizzle with avocado oil. This healthy oil is full of monounsaturated fats, which are important for heart health.
Top the cauliflower steaks with the spices, fresh thyme and lemon juice.
Isn’t this cauliflower gorgeous? I love this combination of Italian seasoning, lemon juice and fresh thyme, but once you get the hang of making cauliflower steaks, you can experiment with your own combinations, too. Turmeric, cumin and ginger would also be a great combination.
Once the cauliflower steaks are seasoned, roast them for 30–45 minutes, or until they’re tender. You don’t want them too mushy, though!
Serve the cauliflower steaks with your favorite vegetarian pasta or side salad.
This is one winning recipe. It’s also easy to double or triple if you’re feeding a crowd.
During warm weather months, you can even grill these “steaks” to make this an even quicker meal. Enjoy!
- One large head of cauliflower, sliced
- 1–2 tablespoons avocado oil
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
- 4–5 sprigs fresh thyme
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add the cauliflower slices.
- Drizzle with avocado oil and top with spices, fresh thyme and lemon juice.
- Bake for 30–45 minutes, or until tender.