Roast cauliflower steaks with a spicy sauce

Oct 25, 2021
These roasted cauliflower steaks are a great meat-free alternative for your meal plan. Source: Getty Images

Let’s be honest, when someone says, “I feel like steak” you don’t exactly conjure up images of a big slab of cauliflower. However, there is a lot to like about this cauliflower steak recipe, but especially that it is hearty, it is easy, and even the most dedicated meat eater will enjoy it.

To ensure you get a true ‘steak’, you’ll want to take care when slicing your piece. You need your cauliflower to maintain its shape. While this recipe is complemented by a spicy sauce, you can substitute for a combination of herbs and spices, or add tzatziki, pesto, or another creamy condiment.

Serves 2.


  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 5 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed coriander, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 220C. Trim leaves and any excess stem from cauliflower. Stand cauliflower on stem end and slice off about 1/2cm. Cut two slices from center of cauliflower (each about 2.5cm thick); reserve rounded wedges for another use.
  2. Combine cumin and 1 tablespoon canola oil. Brush all over cauliflower slices. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. In an oven-safe skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add cauliflower and cook for 3 minutes. Turn slices.
  4. Place skillet in oven and roast for 15-20 minutes. The stem should be tender when pierced with a knife.
  5. Meanwhile, in a bowl mix coriander, parsley, garlic, vinegar, jalapeño, remaining oil and a pinch of salt.
  6. When your ‘steaks’ are cooked, spoon the spicy herbed sauce on top.

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