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Roasted cauliflower steaks recipe / How to roast cauliflower

9 October 2019 | Last Updated: 3 November 2019

This is hands down the best way to eat this gorgeous vegetable. Roasted cauliflower is just so flavorful and tender. Look at these golden and crispy edges. Amazing! Roasted cauliflower steaks transform this simple-looking vegetable into an elegant dinner that looks beautiful on the plate. My favorite way to serve cauliflower steaks is with romesco sauce (quick and easy Spanish red paprika sauce).

roasted cauliflower steaks on a baking tray

INGREDIENTS – what you’ll need:

  • Whole cauliflower head – it’s best to buy a medium/large cauliflower, but a smaller one will also work (like on the photos).
  • Olive oil – don’t spare on olive oil. Half of it will stay on the baking tray and not on the cauliflower. The cauliflower should be thoroughly coated in olive oil on all sides. Olive oil coating makes the cauliflower extra crispy and golden. You can use refined olive oil instead of extra-virgin olive oil since we’re roasting the cauliflower at high temperature. Extra-virgin olive oil’s smoke point (a temperature when it starts to smoke and burn) is often not high enough (this depends on the brand and oil quality) and also it’s much more expensive. This is a great article on this topic.
  • Spices: this recipe calls for paprika powder, oregano, salt, and pepper but there are other flavor combinations that would be a good match (see below).

OTHER SEASONING OPTIONS:

  • I served these cauliflower steaks with romesco sauce so I wanted that they’re flavorful but simply seasoned. Paprika powder and oregano provide great flavor and go well with many other dishes and condiments.
  • Indian-inspired – season the cauliflower with garam masala and turmeric.
  • Middle-Eastern-inspired – season it with zaatar and sesame seeds.
  • Mexican-inspired – season with oregano, cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper.
  • Italian-inspired – season with Italian seasoning then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (add cheese at the end of baking time or sprinkle over already roasted cauliflower).
  • Greek-inspired – chopped parsley, lemon juice and zest, garlic.
  • Morrocan-inspired – you can use Ras-el-hanout spice mix or a mix of coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, turmeric, cumin, and ginger.
cauliflower steaks ingredients and preparation steps
roasted cauliflower preparation steps

HOW TO MAKE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS – STEP BY STEP photos:

  1. Gather all the ingredients.
  2. Whisk the olive oil with the spices. This ensures that the spices are evenly distributed.
  3. Cut the whole cauliflower head into steaks. You can also just divide the cauliflower into florets and roast it this way.
  4. Rub the cauliflower with the spice mixture on all sides and roast until tender.

HOW TO CUT CAULIFLOWER STEAKS:

  • It’s best to choose a medium/large cauliflower, the slices are less prone to crumble.
  • Use a big knife to cut out the outer leaves them trim the bottom of the core, but just a little! You need a big part of the core to hold the steaks together.
  • First slice the cauliflower head in the middle in two, then cut 1-1.5/2.5-3cm inch slices.
  • You’ll get about 4 slices from a large cauliflower, 3 from a medium cauliflower and 2 from a small one and a couple of florets. You can bake the florets along with the cauliflower slices or use them to make another dish (like cauliflower rice or cauliflower soup, you can also freeze the florets).
  • Don’t throw out the leftover stem, it’s edible and also delicious. Peel it and slice into 1/2-inch/1.5cm slices and bake with the steaks.

Cauliflower cooking methods: (ROASTED vs. PAN-FRIED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS):

  • I found that the best method preparation for making roasted cauliflower or cauliflower steaks is roasting in the oven. Best is high temperature – 435°F/220°C – it’s hot enough that the cauliflower gets beautiful browned and crispy edges but it’s not too hot that it’s browned on the outside but still not tender. I’ve tried making pan-fried cauliflower steaks and wasn’t that happy with the results. You need to babysit the steaks so that they don’t burn, it takes long until they’re tender. I’ve also found them much more oily. They also are more prone to break/crumble when you try to flip them over. Thinner slicer, that would cook faster won’t hold their shape together very well. When roasting the cauliflower you can just throw it in the oven and forget about it. It yields the same results every time. Stovetop cauliflower is only slightly more crispy but requires more attention.
  • I haven’t tried grilling these steaks, but from looking at this recipe it’s clear that it’s a good idea!
roasted cauliflower steaks with romesco sauce and a poached egg on a blue plate

WHAT TO SERVE WITH ROASTED CAULIFLOWER STEAKS:

STORING and FREEZING TIPS:

  • I think freshly prepared roasted cauliflower tastes best. You can, of course, reheat it but it doesn’t taste as good as freshly prepared.
  • How do you reheat cauliflower? You can just quickly reheat them in a pan, steam it or bake in the oven until warm.
  • Can you freeze leftover cooked cauliflower? I don’t recommend freezing cooked cauliflower as it’s consistency is too mushy.

Roasted cauliflower steaks recipe / How to roast cauliflower

Crispy and tender roasted cauliflower.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 403kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 80ml
  • 1.5 tablespoons paprika powder
  • 1.5 tablespoons oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C/Gas Mark 7, no fan (if you have a convection oven, reduce the temperature by about 20°).
  • Whisk the olive oil with the spices. This ensures that the spices are evenly distributed.
  • Cut the cauliflower head into steaks. You can also just divide the cauliflower into florets and roast it this way. Use a big knife to cut out the outer leaves then trim the bottom of the core, but just a little! You need a big part of the core to hold the steaks together. First, slice the cauliflower head in the middle in two, then cut 1-1.5 inch/2.5-3 cm slices. You'll have some florets left, you can arrange them with the cauliflower slices on the tray or use them to make another dish. Don't throw out the leftover stem, it's edible and also delicious. Peel it and slice into 1/2-inch/1.5cm slices and bake with the steaks.
  • Place the cauliflower on a baking tray and rub with the spice mixture thoroughly on all sides.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and fork-tender.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Other flavor combinations:
– Indian-inspired – season the cauliflower with garam masala, turmeric, and coriander powder.
– Middle-eastern-inspired – season it with zaatar and sesame seeds.
– Mexican-inspired – season with oregano, cumin, coriander, and cayenne pepper.
– Italian-inspired – season with Italian seasoning then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (add cheese at the end of baking time or sprinkle over already roasted cauliflower).
– Greek-inspired – chopped parsley, lemon juice and zest, garlic.
– Morrocan-inspired – you can use Ras-el-hanout spice mix or a mix of coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice, turmeric, cumin, and ginger.
  • Cooking methods: My favorite cooking method is roasting in the oven but these steaks can also be pan-fried or grilled.
  • What to serve with cauliflower steaks: romesco sauce, pesto, herb yogurt lemon dip, chimichurri sauce, chanterelle sauce, gremolata, marinara sauce and many more!
  • Storing and freezing tips: Roasted cauliflower tastes best freshly baked – it’s tender and crunchy. It can be easily reheated (in the oven or in a pan) but just doesn’t taste as good as freshly made. I don’t recommend freezing it or using frozen cauliflower.

Nutrition

Calories: 403kcal
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine international
Keyword cauliflower steaks recipe, roasted cauliflower

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