Easy Pan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Crazy easy Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with a savory seasoning that makes them absolutely addicting. A quick and simple weeknight dinner that’s so perfect for Meatless Monday!

Overhead shot of pan roasted cauliflower steaks on a white platter.

Don’t worry, friends….I’m not going all vegetarian on you here. But after a week of indulging in burgers, dogs and bratwurst….my body is craving some food from the earth. Something light and natural but still totally tasty. And believe it or not…..these Easy Pan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks totally fit the bill.

I was totally skeptical when I would see Cauliflower Steak in the pages of my favorite cooking magazines and while scrolling through Pinterest. I mean, really, how can cauliflower substitute a steak. There’s no way it could taste even remotely like a steak. 

But it seems I was missing the point, totally because even though I’m totally hooked on cauliflower steaks….they most definitely are not a replacement for my beloved Filet Mignon. Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are more of just another type of dinner that’s super easy to get on the table and just as flavorful as beef steaks.

Cauliflower cut in half on a cutting board.

The first time I made this Roasted Cauliflower Steak recipe, I wasn’t really all the hyped up about it. But just like this past week, I had gone on a weeklong junk food bender and needed something healthy for dinner. I reluctantly cut my cauliflower into thick slices and tossed it in the oven.

Something magical happened in that oven. My beautifully baked cauliflower steaks were tender, buttery and sooooo amazingly flavorful. They’ve been on repeat ever since. AND they’re a hit with the entire family….believe it or not. The little guy asked for seconds. 

Overhead shot of cauliflower steaks cut on a cutting board.

How to Make Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Baking Cauliflower Steaks are incredibly easy to make.  There’s just a few steps to follow before you pop them in the oven. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Cut your cauliflower into slices or “steaks”. 
  2. Arrange the cauliflower steaks on a baking sheet and set aside.
  3. Make the cauliflower steak marinade by whisking together olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.
  4. Brush the cut sides of the cauliflower steak with the seasoned oil to coat.
  5. Bake your cauliflower steaks in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Flip the cauliflower steaks and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until fork tender and golden brown.
  7. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.

Cauliflower Steak marinade being brushed on cauliflower with a pastry brush.

How to Cut Cauliflower Steaks

Cutting cauliflower into steaks isn’t difficult but if you do it incorrectly the florets will not hold together and you won’t end up with steaks. Just cauliflower.

To ensure you have perfect cauliflower steaks, follow these easy tips:

  • Using a sharp knife, cut off the inedible leaves and discard.
  • Slice off the end of the stem and keep the core intact. This is what will hold the florets together.
  • Place the cauliflower head on the cutting board stem side down and cut straight down through the center of the cauliflower so you have two halves.
  • Cut each half into two steaks approximately 1 1/2 – 2 inch slices. (You should have four steaks depending on the size of your cauliflower head.)
  • Save the florets that may have fallen off the core and toss them onto the baking sheet….they’ll be amazing, too.

Baked Cauliflower Steaks on a sheet pan.

This is such a great dinner for your vegetarian friends because these Cauliflower Steaks are vegan! I’m always at a loss to serve my vegan friends but this one is always a winner with them.

Sometimes I’ll even serve them with a sauce for topping like this easy Tzatziki Sauce or a summery Basil Pesto. Leftovers are wonderful in a salad with this Greek Vinaigrette or a bit of Blue Cheese dressing drizzled on top.

I also love to grate a bit of parmesan cheese over cauliflower steaks, too….but not for my vegan friends, of course.

Cauliflower Steaks on a white platter.

What to Serve with Baked Cauliflower Steaks

My favorite side dishes to serve with Cauliflower Steaks are:

overhead shot of mediterranean chickpea salad in a blue and white bowl.

MORE CAULIFLOWER RECIPES

And if you’re want to try firing up the grill….these GRILLED Cauliflower Steaks are really amazing!

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh Salad on a white platter with pita bread and lemons from TheSuburbanSoapbox.com

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Cauliflower Steak on a white platter.

Pan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower steak
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 200 kcal
Author: Kellie

Super easy Pan Roasted Cauliflower Steak recipe is a sheet pan dinner that will soon be on repeat!

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Ingredients

  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

  2. Using a sharp knive, remove the inedible leaves from the cauliflower and discard.

  3. Cut off part of the stem end of the cauliflower leaving the core intact.

  4. Place the stem end down on the cutting board and cut the cauliflower in half.

  5. Cut each half into two steaks approximately 1 1/2 - 2 inches in width.

  6. Arrange the cauliflower steaks on a sheet pan and set aside.

  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.

  8. Using a pastry brush, coat the cut sides of the cauliflower steaks with the seasoned oil.

  9. Transfer the sheet pan to the oven and bake the cauliflower for 10 minutes.

  10. Flip the cauliflower over and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until fork tender and golden brown.

  11. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Cauliflower can be cut and marinaded up to 8 hours in advance.

Leftovers are great in salads and wraps!

Nutrition Facts
Pan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 236mg10%
Potassium 901mg26%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 560IU11%
Vitamin C 143.6mg174%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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