When I start meal planning for the week, cauliflower is generally on my grocery list. Cauliflower, which appears as the focal point of many of my recipes, is one of my favorite vegetables. Why do I love cauliflower? Because it can be baked, broiled, and grilled. And, let’s not forget, it absorbs sauces and flavors like a sponge. So tonight, I planned on making cauliflower steaks.
Cauliflower steak is not only low in calories, but it is also filling and very satisfying. There is, though, an art to cutting and preparing cauliflower steaks, so you don’t end up with cauliflower florets instead.
HOW TO BUY, TRIM AND CUT CAULIFLOWER INTO STEAKS
Knowing how to prepare cauliflower is the first step to success. These step by step pictures and instructions should help you be successful the first time:
First, choose large, firm cauliflower without any brown spots. Brown spots, for example, indicate the cauliflower is old and not as fresh.
Next, flip the cauliflower upside down, and using a knife, carefully removed the core and stem. Cut around the stem, and carefully remove it without disrupting the florets, so it stays intact. Do not slice through the cauliflower, however, yet!
Once the core and stem of the cauliflower are removed, it should look just like this. Flip the cauliflower back over revealing its top. You will notice the originally round cauliflower is now tripped creating a point at the front; kind of like a rounded triangle.
A large cauliflower, for example, will yield five steaks. If cauliflower is smaller, it yields fewer steaks, but you will end up with florets you can use for another dish.
Now, cut the cauliflower steaks about an inch apart; you should get approximately 5 steaks.
THE ULTIMATE MARINADE FOR THE BEST CAULIFLOWER STEAKS
So, my husband misses steak; not the steak itself, the taste of the marinade and the grilling ‘steak” experience. If you can’t beat em’, join em’, I say, so I made a steak marinade my sister and I used to make back in the day. Of course, I used vegan ingredients and took out the oil. Basically, I ‘veganized’ our favorite steak marinade to make it vegan happy.
I also use this marinade for tofu on the grill, so it is a tried and true recipe I know you will love. All you need is:
- Soy sauce or tamari
- Fresh lemon juice
- Vegan Worcestershire sauce
- Garlic powder
- Italian Seasoning
- Black pepper
- Minced garlic
- Sriracha (optional)
As with most of my marinade recipes, I suggest marinating for at least a few hours or overnight. Just stir whisk the ingredients in a large 9 X 13-inch pan, so the cauliflower steaks are in a single row in the base of the pan. At some point, in the marinading process, I turned the cauliflower steaks over in the marinade.
HOW TO GRILL THE BEST CAULIFLOWER STEAKS IN TOWN
The secret to perfectly grilled cauliflower, however, is two-fold. First, you need the grill to be hot BEFORE you start grilling the steaks. I recommend 400 degrees or medium-low, depending on the grill you use. Second, is to use a cast-iron grill press.
And, it only takes 15 minutes from the minute you put the cauliflower steaks on the grill.
COOKING CAULIFLOWER STEAKS IN THE OVEN…
Not everyone, however, has a grill, so you can also cook cauliflower steaks in the oven. To cook, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place each steak on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Cook for 20 minutes and then flip them over and cook the other side another 20 minutes.
SUGGESTED SAUCE AND SIDE DISHES FOR CAULIFLOWER STEAKS
Because I was already using the grill, I decided to grill some vegetables. Instead of using the steak marinade, I made a different, quick marinade made of balsamic vinegar, soy sauce (Tamari) and dijon mustard. Even though I planned to grill the vegetables on skewers, I marinaded all the vegetables together beforehand.
Then, right before grilling, I put the vegetables on the skewers. A helpful tip, however, is to soak your wooden skewer sticks in water prior to cooking, so the vegetables come right off the sticks easily.
Then, it simply takes 10 minutes to cook the vegetables on the grill. The tomatoes, though, take 5 minutes, so I separate the vegetables on the skewers.
WHAT IS CHIMMICHURRI SAUCE?
Chimichurri is an Argentinian sauce and condiment used as a sauce or condiment for meat, fish, and vegetables. Typically, chimichurri sauce is flavorful with flavor with an acidic tang. Although chimichurri sauce is traditionally not cooked, it can also be used as a marinade.
Since I have an herb garden in my yard, year-round, I am spoiled to have fresh parsley and cilantro whenever I want it. Even though chimichurri sauce is traditionally a grilling sauce, it has a multitude of uses throughout the year.
So, if it’s BBQ season or the snow is knee-deep, where you live, chimichurri sauce brings bland food to life.
WHAT DOES CHIMICHURRI SAUCE TASTE LIKE?
Because chimichurri sauce is made with fresh ingredients, it tastes zesty and sassy! With its strong garlic, cilantro and parsley flavors, it smells like a fresh herb garden.
ARE YOU A CAULIFLOWER FAN? IF SO, CHECK THESE RECIPES OUT!
- Curried Cauliflower
- General Tso Cauliflower
- Roasted Cauliflower Salad
- Skinny Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado-Cilantro Cream
- Skinny Cauliflower Nachos
- Skinny Buffalo Cauliflower Salad with Cashew Ranch Dressing
- Spicy Korean Baked Cauliflower
- Skinny Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Skinny Roasted BBQ Cauliflower Panini Wrap
- Tahini Roasted Cauliflower
- Cauliflower Bisque Soup with Paprika and Chives
- Cauliflower Bisque Soup with Paprika and Chives