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12 Simple Vegan Cauliflower Steak Recipes

By Elisha Baba


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Cauliflower steak is one of my favorite vegetable-based dishes and is ideal for serving at dinner parties to any vegan or vegetarian guests. There are so many different ways to season and vary your way of serving this dish, that you’ll never have to use the same plain recipe again. Today I’m going to share with you twelve of my go-to cauliflower steak recipes which are bound to impress any dinner guests you have over.

1. Shawarma Roasted Cauliflower Steak

Minimalist Baker has created a Shawarma roasted cauliflower steak that requires just thirty minutes in the kitchen to create. You’ll need ten simple ingredients, and by following the recipe instructions, you’ll also be able to create a divine green chutney sauce to serve on the side. To season the cauliflower, you’ll use a DIY Shawarma spice blend, which makes a smoky and spicy flavor that’s not too overpowering. To make it a complete meal, serve this steak on top of quinoa for additional protein, or with sweet potatoes and a side salad.

2. Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower Steaks

If you are a big cheese-lover, you’ll enjoy these cauliflower steaks from Damn Delicious. Of course, if you are a vegan or vegetarian, you will want to forego the parmesan, but you could always replace it with another cheese. This recipe combines garlic, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and parsley for a flavorful steak that can be served either as a main course or as a side dish. You’ll need just fifteen minutes to prep the steaks, and then twenty-five minutes to cook them. They’ll have a perfectly crisp and tender texture and are sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

3. Blackened Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

These vegan cauliflower steaks from The Simple Veganista are packed with Cajun flavor and are so simple to create. Vegans and non-vegans alike will love this dish and the steaks roast to perfection with caramelized edges. You’ll cut the cauliflower into thick slices, and the whole meal will be ready to eat in less than thirty minutes. This recipe creates a nutritious plant-based dinner that’s anything but boring thanks to its seasoning. For a complete meal, serve your steaks alongside vegetables, grains, soup, or salad for a filling and satisfying dinner any night of the week.

4. Cauliflower Steak with Walnut-Kale Pesto

There’s nothing better than having a delicious sauce to top your cauliflower steak with, and this recipe from The Modern Proper creates a complete meal with a walnut-kale pesto on top. Your cauliflower will be roasted to perfection, and then it is covered in a rich and nutty sauce before serving. It’s a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and low-carb recipe that will be great for serving at your next dinner party when you are catering to a wide variety of dietary requirements. The best thing about this recipe is that it needs only ten minutes of hands-on prep time in the kitchen and then thirty minutes to cook, and you’ll be ready to sit down and dig into your yummy dinner.

5. Herb-Crusted Cauliflower Steaks with Beans and Tomatoes

Get your steak knives ready for this tasty meal from Epicurious which pairs herb-crusted cauliflower steaks with tomatoes and beans. This sheet-pan dinner requires very little skill or effort to create, and you’ll make a herbed garlic oil that’s used for both the steaks and the side dish. In order to cut large and thick steaks from your cauliflower head, the center needs to remain intact, and for four people, it’s recommended to use two cauliflower heads to create a substantial meal. This recipe can easily be adjusted for vegans by using some vegan mayonnaise instead of the regular one listed in the ingredients.

6. Cheesy Cauliflower Steak with Pine Nuts

For a vegetarian main course that will impress all of your friends and family, you have got to try this cheesy cauliflower steak recipe from The Cook Report. Your roasted cauliflower steak is topped with a mix of cheddar cheese and taleggio, and then it is baked until the cheese melts perfectly over the steak. It makes a great grown-up version of cauliflower cheese and would be ideal for a dinner party or holiday gathering. To mix things up each time you make this cheesy cauliflower steak, consider switching out the types of cheese you use to create different combinations and tastes. For the perfect finishing touch to this dish, you’ll sprinkle pine nuts over before serving and add thyme sprigs on the side as a garnish.

7. Curried Cauliflower Steaks with Red Rice & Tzatziki

Eating Well encourages you to try this full meal which features a curried cauliflower steak served over a bed of red rice. The cauliflower and red rice complement each other flawlessly and create a filling and nutritious vegetarian dinner. Red rice is best for this recipe as its aromatic flavor goes perfectly with the curry powder on your cauliflower. You’ll have plenty of cauliflower florets leftover after creating your steaks, so roast them alongside the main pieces. You can use these leftovers for a delicious lunch the next day served alongside chickpeas and tzatziki sauce.

8. Cauliflower Steaks with Miso & Sesame Dressing

The Vegan Larder shares two different cooking and serving suggestions for this recipe, and you’ll love the taste of the miso and sesame dressing however you choose to cook your cauliflower steaks. If you love aubergine with miso, but they aren’t in season, then this is a great alternative. Miso and sesame are some of my favorite Japanese flavors, and they go perfectly with a wide range of vegetables. With just fifteen minutes of prep time and twenty-five minutes in the oven, you’ll have two cauliflower steaks ready to serve. You’ll be able to enjoy a low-calorie meal for you and your partner. For a finishing touch, sprinkle the cauliflower steaks with spring onions and sesame seeds before serving.

9. Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Steaks

You’ll impress any of your friends and family members with this vegan lemon pepper cauliflower steak recipe from My Darling Vegan. Your steak will be perfectly creamy and tender once cooked, and it’s topped off with parsley, pine nuts, and dairy-free cheese. For a bigger meal, serve it on top of pasta or a salad, and you’ll have a fantastic gluten-free and vegan meal that anyone is sure to enjoy. Try to find a large, round cauliflower for this recipe, as they create the best steaks. You’ll appreciate how quick and easy this dish is to make, and you’ll only need very simple kitchen equipment such as a mixing bowl and baking sheet.

10. Loaded Grilled Cauliflower

When you’re looking to make a visually impactful dish for your next dinner party, try out these loaded grilled cauliflower steaks from Delish. For this recipe, you’ll want to cut your steaks quite thin, so that they cook evenly on the inside and outside. These steaks are a little bit crunchy and have a smoky flavor that pairs well with the creamy ranch dressing and melted cheese. You can leave the core in when you are cutting your steaks, as it’s fine to eat once cooked. Finally, don’t forget to season both sides of the steak, or you’ll end up with one particularly bland and tasteless side which no one wants!

11. Cauliflower Steaks with Vegan Bang Bang Sauce

Nora Cooks has created one of the best cauliflower steak recipes that come with a flavorful vegan bang bang sauce. They are great as a main dish but could also be served as a side or an appetizer when you have a gathering of friends or family. For a complete meal, serve this recipe alongside rice, potatoes, or even a green bean casserole during the holiday season. If you make too much to eat in one day, don’t worry, as you can store the leftovers in the fridge for three to four days. Simply reheat them in the oven or your air fryer to make them crispy again. With just twenty minutes needed to prep this dish and thirty minutes to cook, it will become one of your go-to recipes any time you are in a rush but want to serve a nutritious meal to your family.

12. BBQ Cauliflower Steak with Chimichurri

As a vegetarian or vegan, you are probably bored with the same vegetable skewers or veggie burgers that you have at every barbecue. This BBQ cauliflower steak from Every Last Bite will help you mix things up this summer, and you’ll love having something fresh and exciting to enjoy at your next summer party. You’ll start by cutting your cauliflower head into steaks and grilling them. They are then topped with a brightly colored chimichurri sauce that has a great combination of spicy, herby, and acidic flavors. Any leftover sauce can be shared with the meat-eaters in your family, as it also pairs well with steak and chicken.

Cauliflower steak is an incredibly versatile vegan and vegetarian main course, as you can see from this list of delicious recipes I’ve gathered together today. With endless combinations of spices and sauces, you’ll never have to serve the same dish twice from now on. Paired with rice, potatoes, or salad, you’ll enjoy a nutritious and well-balanced meal that will keep you and your family satisfied for hours to follow.

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