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Grilled cauliflower steaks hot off the grill, drizzled with a sesame ginger sauce. This will definitely make your plate beautiful and your taste buds happy. Don't wait...fire up the grill and make these delicious grilled cauliflower steaks today!
Even the most avid carnivore will absolutely like these soft and juicy cauliflower steaks. They are very simple to prepare, nutritious, low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.
I love making them on the grill but if you don't have access to a grill you can make them by roasting them in the oven.
Tools Needed to Make these Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
- Mason jar - Use this size for the sesame ginger sauce and if there's any leftover sauce, but do make sure to store it in the fridge and use it on your next salad or on grilled chicken.
- Zester - Use a zester for ginger, shaving chocolate, and garlic; it's super handy and has a "sheath" type cover (shown in the picture) to keep your fingers safe as you're reaching through the drawer for it.
- Basting brush - This might come in handy for brushing the cauliflower steaks with the sauce, however, you can always use a spoon, too.
Ingredients to Make Cauliflower Steaks on the grill
- Heads of cauliflower - Use densely packed heads of cauliflower that are devoid of blemishes and are hefty for their size.
Olive oil - Any variety that you have on hand will work here.
Salt - Draws out moisture and seasons your cauliflower steak.
- Fresh herbs: To serve as a garnish (not required), such as chives and scallions as well as flat-leaf parsley.
- Sauce for drizzling - We love using my sesame ginger sauce (recipe here) over them.
How to make this grilled cauliflower recipe
Here are the steps to make these cauliflower steaks on the grill.
STEP 1: If you're using a sauce, make it first (see the recipe for my sesame ginger dressing recipe below).
STEP 2: Cut the cauliflower into "steaks". I like to do ½" to ¾". Set them on foil and drizzle the cauliflower with oil, sprinkle with salt.
STEP 3: Put them on a medium grill for about 2-5 minutes. Gently flip it over and cook for another 2-5 minutes.
STEP 4: Remove them from the grill and brush your sauce (if using) on top, then serve.
FAQ & Recipe Tips
What is the best way to cut cauliflower steaks so they don't fall apart?
First of all, use a sharp knife. If you cut them ½" to ¾" they shouldn't fall apart much. There may be a few florets that fall off, but that's okay. Be gentle with them when setting them on the grill, and flipping.
What does cauliflower steak taste like?
The grilling will get rid of a lot of the bitterness of cauliflower and they become slightly sweet. It's honestly my favorite way to eat cauliflower. They'll have a mild flavor that blends well with a variety of sauces.
Is foil necessary for this recipe to work?
I like grilling the cauliflower ON the foil so that if they do fall apart, they stay on the foil (instead of falling through the grill). It's possible to prepare these cauliflower steaks without foil in a pinch, but I recommend the foil.
Simple Cauliflower Rice Recipe - Turn cauliflower into rice at home!
Perfect Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing - This sauce goes really well with the grilled cauliflower steaks.
Roasted Broccoli With a Delicious Sesame Ginger Sauce - Another delicious veggie recipe!
- 4 Tbsp avocado oil
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp coconut aminos (can use soy sauce, see note below)
- 1 tsp zested ginger
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tsp white vinegar
- pinch of salt
- 2 heads of cauliflower (sliced ½" thick)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- pinch of salt
- Make the sauce by putting all the sauce ingredients into a mason jar, close the lid, and shake until combined.
- Slice the cauliflower steaks to about ½" thickness
- Put them on a sheet of foil and drizzle with oil (I used avocado oil, but olive oil would work too) and sprinkle with a generous pinch of salt.
- Grill the cauliflower (on the foil) for about 2-5 minutes (this will vary depending on how hot your grill is). When the bottom looks charred, flip it over gently (see note below).
- After another 2-5 minutes, remove it from the grill and brush the sauce on top.
- If you want to substitute soy sauce for coconut aminos, feel free. I would omit the salt in the sauce (because soy sauce is saltier than coconut aminos).
- To gently flip the steaks on the grill, I use a spatula to grab them underneath, and then my other hand to make sure they don't hit the grill too hard. Be careful, the grill is hot!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 260Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 5g