Cauliflower Steak. Or, Rather, Cauliflower “Steak”.
Whether you’re a die-hard vegan, a fan of meatless-Mondays, or an omnivore looking for a way to get more veggies into your diet, these hearty roasted cauliflower steaks are easy to love. In our eyes, the best vegan recipes are the ones that don’t hide the fact that they’re plant-based. Rather, this cauliflower steak recipe is a celebration of the gorgeous, flowery, tree-like shape of this cream-colored member of the mustard family. A good long roast in a 400°F oven means crispy edges and a mild, earthy sweetness at the cauliflower steaks’ tender, juicy core. An autumnal vegan pesto made of walnuts and kale provides a little seasoning for cauliflower, which we also flavor before roasting with a simple dusting of garlic powder, salt and olive oil.
How to Cut Cauliflower Steaks
Cutting a head of cauliflower into thick, oven-ready slices (or "steaks") is relatively easy—like most new kitchen skills, this method of cauliflower prep primarily involves mustering the confidence to do it! Begin with a washed, whole head of cauliflower on a clean cutting board. Take your big chef's knife—bonus points if you keep it well-sharpened—and cut the cauliflower right down the middle. Now that you can clearly see the cauliflower's core, cut each half into thick steaks—about an inch thick, if you can manage it. When you run out of core, you're done cutting cauliflower steaks, but no need to discard the remaining florets! You can roast them right along with the roasted cauliflower steaks—they're great for snacking.
TMP’s Four Best Cauliflower Recipes
We have a thing for cauliflower. Low in calories, big on flavor, easy to cook—what’s not to love? Here are our four best cauliflower recipes (this cauliflower steak recipe obviously being the fifth):
- Cauliflower Curry
- Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
- Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower with Herb Whipped Feta
Tools You’ll Need
- Cutting board.
- Chef’s knife.
- Knife sharpener. (OK, this is not a must—but a sharp knife is crucial, and a knife sharpener really helps with that.)
- Baking sheet.
Our Best Cauliflower Recipe Yet?
We’re pretty psyched about how this autumnal recipe turned out—let us know how it went for you! Snap a photo of your vegan cauliflower steak with walnut pesto and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you feed it to. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!