The BEST Roasted Cauliflower ‘Steak’ recipe ever!! It’s super easy to make, roasts up tender with caramelized edges and is full of flavor.
These vegan cauliflower ‘steaks’ with blackened seasoning and roasted in the oven are my new favorite thing ever! The cauliflower is cut into thick slices and roasts up tender with crispy edges, making a hearty and delicious plant-based meal that’s ready in 30 minutes.
To think there was actually a time when I didn’t like cauliflower. Because once roasted, cauliflower takes on a whole new flavor and texture that today I have yet to tire of. Boy, was I missing out on some of the best stuff on earth!
What To Eat With Cauliflower Steaks?
Since the cauliflower steak is the center of attention here, with most of the flavor in the blackened seasoning, I paired mine with a simple, yet delightful, combination of roasted grape tomatoes and quinoa. It’s makes for a completely satisfying meal.
The tomatoes roast along with the cauliflower and only need a smidge of salt, they cook up plump and juicy. Quinoa will add a fair amount of protein, rounding out this meal nicely.
The entire dish comes together very easy without anything complicated creating a simple and casual meal – my favorite kind. And don’t forget your steak knife, as it will come in handy for your cauliflower steaks!
How To Cut Cauliflower Steaks
- Remove the inedible leaves from the sides.
- Place the cauliflower stem side down, using a sharp knife cut the cauliflower in half down the center.
- Cut 3/4 – 1 inch thick slices, depending on the size of your cauliflower, you may get 2 – 4 steaks per head.
- Remaining pieces can be cut into nuggets and roasted alongside the steaks, or on a separate baking sheet.
It’s best to use two baking sheets to prepare your cauliflower steaks. Using two will give you plenty of room for the steak slices to be turned over without too much crowding.
How To Roast Cauliflower Steaks
Blackened Seasoning: Feel free to use an already prepared seasoning. There are many good blends in the spice isle these days. I would suggest looking for salt free blends if possible and adding your own salt to taste. Look for creole, cajun, blackening types of seasonings. It is also very easy to make your own so I have included a homemade version for those who prefer to prepare their own spice blends. Something for everyone, that’s a win, win!
Roasting: Preheat the oven to get it nice and hot. On a prepared rimmed baking sheet, carefully place the cauliflower steaks along with any broken florets, or place the florets on a separate baking sheet. Brush the steaks and nuggets gently with oil. Sprinkle as much seasoning as you wish to coat on steaks and florets. If serving with tomatoes, add them to the baking sheet, you can coat these with oil too and add a sprinkle of sea salt.
Roast in the oven for 15 minutes, gently flip steaks and stir florets, season again and bake for an additional 15 minutes. If using two baking sheets, place sheets on separate racks or side by side, depending on the size.
And there you have it, roasted cauliflower steaks made deliciously healthy and easy!
More Cauliflower Inspiration
Cauliflower is so versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. Take a look at these other cauliflower recipes, you just may find a new favorite!
- Mango & Avocado Cauliflower Rice Sushi Rolls
- Roasted Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl
- High Protein Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce
- See all Cauliflower recipes on TSV!
If you try this roasted cauliflower steaks recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.
BLACKENED ROASTED CAULIFLOWER ‘STEAKS’
Cauliflower steaks are an easy to make entree that is oven roasted with a flavorful cajun seasoning. Great paired with a grain of choice and simple veggies on the side.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 30 min
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: Serves 3
- Category: Entree, Side
- Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large head cauliflower
- blackened, creole or cajun seasoning of choice (recipe for homemade below)
- 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
- chopped fresh parsley, to serve
- lemon wedges, to garnish
- grain of choice – quinoa, brown rice or farro
- himalayan salt, to taste
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Prep the Cauliflower: Place the cauliflower stem side down, and using a sharp knife cut into the top center and slice the cauliflower in half. You want to create as many cauliflower steaks as you can from the center cut out that will be at least 3/4 inch thick. The remaining sides and pieces can be cut into cauliflower nuggets and roasted alongside the steaks, or on a separate baking sheet. I feel it’s best to use two baking sheets to prepare this meal. Using two will give you plenty of room for the steak slices to be turned over without too much crowding.
Roasting: Grease your baking sheet/s and carefully place your cauliflower steaks along with the broken florets, or place the florets on a separate baking sheet. Using an small brush, gently brush the ‘steaks’ and florets with oil. Sprinkle as much seasoning as you wish to coat on ‘steaks’ and florets. Add your tomatoes to the baking sheet, you can coat these with oil too and add a sprinkle of sea salt.
Place your baking sheet into the oven, if using two, place sheets on separate racks or side by side, depending on the size. Bake for 15 minutes, gently flip ‘steaks’ and stir florets, season again and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Serve immediately with roasted tomatoes, grain of choice, sprinkle of chopped parsley and lemon wedges.
Making your own seasoning is so easy. If you have all the ingredients already hand, I especially recommend you make your own using an old spice jar or small container of choice.
- 3 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
Place ingredients into small jar or container and blend well. Store leftovers in the pantry for later use. Makes just under 2/3 cups.