It's my mission in life to eat less carbs. I have tried keto but honestly can't stick with it. So, for the most part, I just try to eat more veggies and less bread and pasta. Cauliflower is one of my favorite veggies, and roasted cauliflower "steaks" are my go-to when I'm pretty hungry. If you're looking for a low cal meal option, give this easy roasted cauliflower steaks recipe a try.
The secret to great cauliflower steaks is the seasoning. I live near a Co-Op that has any spice you've ever dreamed of and super cheap. So I try a lot of different things. I've found that I like my cauliflower with simple seasoning salt and garlic pepper. If I'm feeling really fancy, I'll use Everything Bagel seasoning instead. (By the way, Everything Bagel seasoning goes well on EVERYTHING! I buy it in bulk!)
You start by taking the leaves off of a full head of cauliflower. The easiest way to do that is to slam it on the counter right at the core. (That's the best way to core a head of iceberg lettuce too!) Cauliflower falls apart pretty easily so I do it while it's still in the bag. The core will loosen up, and then you simply pull it out along with all of the leaves.
Next, give the cauliflower a quick rinse and pat dry before slicing.
Slice the cauliflower from top to bottom in ¾ inch "steaks." It's best to use a really good sharp knife so that it crumbles less. Cauliflower can get really messy.
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Next, mix together your seasonings and olive oil.
Place your slices on a nonstick cookie sheet and brush the seasoned oil over the top.
Pop them in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Then take them out, flip with tongs, and brush on more seasoned oil. Bake another 15 minutes or until they're a nice golden brown color.
That's it! Roasted Cauliflower steaks make a great main dish as well as a side dish. We like them best on meatless Monday. Maybe because we call them steaks we don't miss the meat so much!
What to serve Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with:
- Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
- Instant Pot Lemon Butter Chicken
- Super Delicious Bacon, Bleu, and Mushroom Sliders
- Instant Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Can you freeze Roasted Cauliflower Steaks?
Cauliflower freezes well, but I would freeze without the olive oil and seasonings. Spices are always best fresh!
Are Roasted Cauliflower Steaks Keto-Friendly?
Yes! If you're also worried about calories, you can use a little bit less oil, too!
What other seasonings would work well?
- Parmesan Cheese
- Garlic Pepper
- Kosher Salt and Pepper
- Taco Seasoning
- Everything Bagel Seasoning
- Soy Sauce
- Bacon Bits and cheese (you know I had to go there!)
What type of baking sheet should I use?
I use a nonstick cookie sheet. But if you don't have one of those, you can line a baking sheet with parchment paper for steaks that are easy to remove from the pan. The size you need will depend on the size of your cauliflower. Really large heads of cauliflower may require more than one baking sheet.
Can I substitute different types of oil?
You can use any oil you like, but keep in mind that different oils have different burning points, so you may have to adjust the temperature and cooking time accordingly.
Can I cook them on the grill instead?
Lots of people love to cook their cauliflower steaks on the grill. If you want to do that, use a piece of aluminum foil underneath so that the cauliflower doesn't fall apart and through the grates.
Can I cook Cauliflower Steaks in the air fryer?
It's possible, but you'd have to check them quite frequently to make sure they aren't drying out. You don't want to end up with a crumbly cauliflower mess!
What are some of the health benefits of cauliflower?
Cauliflower is an amazing vegetable! Studies show that regularly eating cauliflower improves your digestion, helps your body to absorb iron better, and even reduces the risk of cancer! And let's not forget weight loss...since cauliflower is both low in calories and carbohydrates, adding it to your weekly menu rotation is a no-brainer!