Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Sliced and oven roasted cauliflower steaks make a gorgeous presentation. A low carb side dish for veggie lovers!

I wouldn’t call myself a veggie lover. For many years I was content with canned corn and green beans if I had to have veggies touch my plate. But in my adult life, I’ve learned the beauty of roasting vegetables.

If you’re veggie-hesitant like I was, I’m going to win you over today with these gorgeous roasted cauliflower steaks.

roasted cauliflower steak on a plate

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Easy to prepare. No endless chopping of vegetables.
  • Low carb side dish (or main dish for Meatless Mondays).
  • Deliciously flavored with a drizzling of olive oil, garlic parmesan and cracked pepper.
  • A gorgeous presentation, simple enough for weekdays, but pretty enough for company.

Why is it called a cauliflower steak?

I’m not exactly sure how a cauliflower steak got its name. Is it because it is a vegetarian version of a “steak”? Well…I’m not sure you can compare this to a juicy cut of garlic butter steak.

Is it because you cut a large slice instead of worrying about the individual florets? Maybe. But whatever the reason, cauliflower steaks are popular both at home and in restaurants. Serve it alongside a beef steak or in place of one. Your choice.

Ingredients:

The main ingredient you need for roasted cauliflower steaks is a nice head of fresh cauliflower. Second would be olive oil.

After that you can season the cauliflower steak however you’d like. But we love garlic parmesan flavor. It’s a classic flavor everyone loves and the perfect way to test out a roasted slice of cauliflower.

Can you use frozen cauliflower? No, we don’t recommend frozen cauliflower for this vegetarian steak recipe.

head of caulilflower

How to Make Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Preheat the oven to 400º Fahrenheit and have a roasting pan (with edges) ready to go.

How to Slice a Cauliflower Steak

  • Trim the stem of the cauliflower and remove the green leaves.
  • Place the cauliflower right side up on a cutting board. Using a large knife cut the cauliflower in half. From each half cut a 1 inch thick slice. If the cauliflower is very large you may be able to cut 1 or 2 more slices.

Along with the slices of “steak” you will have lots of floretes left over. You can roast these along with the steaks or save them to use in other recipes.

Season the Cauliflower

  • Mix minced garlic with the olive oil in a small bowl. Want to boost flavor? Use roasted garlic!
olive oil and garlic in a bowl
  • Arrange the cauliflower slices on a baking sheet and brush generously on both sides with the olive oil garlic mixture.
  • Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with crushed red pepper.

Bake the Cauliflower Steak

  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes carefully flip the cauliflower steaks over and brush with more garlic oil.
  • Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the steaks.
  • Return to the oven for 25 minutes, until the cheese is golden and the edges of the cauliflower are brown.
roasted cauliflower steak on a baking pan

What to Serve with Cauliflower Steaks

This easy vegetarian recipe is delicious served with a side salad or baked potato. It also goes great with:

roasted cauliflower on a plate
roasted cauliflower on a plate

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

5 from 2 votes
Sliced and oven roasted cauliflower steaks make a gorgeous presentation. A low carb side dish for veggie lovers!
Servings 3
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Trim the stem of the cauliflower and remove the green leaves.
  • Place the cauliflower right side up on a cutting board. Using a large knife cut the cauliflower in half. From each half cut a 1 inch thick slice. If the cauliflower is very large you may be able to cut 1 or 2 more slices. *(Along with the slices of “steak” you will have lots of flowerettes left over. You can roast these along with the steaks or save them to use in other recipes.)
  • Mix minced garlic with the olive oil in a small bowl.
  • Arrange the cauliflower slices on a baking sheet and brush generously on both sides with the olive oil garlic mixture.
  • Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with crushed red pepper.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes carefully flip the cauliflower steaks over and brush with more garlic oil.
  • Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over the steaks.
  • Return to the oven for 25 minutes, until the cheese is golden and the edges of the cauliflower are brown.
  • These cauliflower steaks are great as a side dish or served with steamed green veggies or a crisp green salad.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 3, with 1 serving being 1 slice of cauliflower. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 589mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 256
Keyword meatless monday recipe, vegetarian

Frequently Asked Questions

How do many steaks do you get per cauliflower head?

Most people can easily cut 2-3 nice size steaks from a head of cauliflower. You’ll have extra floretes leftover, but if you want to serve more than 2 or 3 people a full slice of cauliflower, pick up more than one head.

Can you grill cauliflower steaks?

Yes you can, but we recommend grilling them in a cast iron skillet rather than directly on the grates. They won’t fall through the grates as easily that way.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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