I love cauliflower… like reallllly love cauliflower. It’s one of my favorite foods. I enjoy eating it in almost any way possible, but cauliflower steaks have grown quite a bit of popularity as a go to vegetarian dish in restaurants. I’m not exactly sure why, since I wouldn’t say a slice of cauliflower constitutes a meal, but I’m not in any position to complain about a good piece of cauliflower. The way I make mine is a little more filling, and a lot more delicious. It seems daunting, but it’s really easy when you get the hang of it.
1 head of cauliflower
a couple tablespoons of paprika
salt and pepper to sprinkle
olive oil to drizzle
1 tbsp vegan butter
1/2 c vegetable stock
1 clove garlic
1 tsp miso
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp sesame oil
Remove the leaves from your cauliflower without removing the steam of the head. Place an ovenproof skillet (cast iron is best) over medium heat. Place your cauliflower floret side up and make 3 clean cuts using a large, sharp knife. The middle two sections will serve as your steaks. See the image below to see where you should cut. If the middle slabs seem too thick, you can add an additional slice, just make sure each of the widths are even. Boil/microwave cauliflower from either ends (the stuff not connected to the stem) with the garlic until fork tender(7ish minutes). Drain and set aside. Pour a drizzle of olive oil on a baking sheet. Rub each of your steaks in the oil, then sprinkle both sides with paprika, salt, and pepper. Rub the seasonings in. Drizzle olive oil on your skillet, and add your steaks. Cook for about a minute and a half on each side, or until slightly browned. Add vegan butter and let melt and start to brown. Spoon over steaks, so that they can soak it up on all sides. Add broth and let boil. Cook until the cauliflower has browned and is fairly tender. Place in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes. The stem should be fork tender. While the steaks are baking, blend boiled cauliflower, garlic, miso, lemon juice, sesame oil, and black pepper until smooth. Dollop half on each plate. Place steak on top, and serve.
Tips/Things I Would Change:
- You definitely want to double the recipe if more than 2 people are eating. You may want to even if you have 2 hungry people with sides that aren’t very filling.
- Run hot water over your knife to get an easier slice.
- If you like spice, add a little cayenne to each steak.