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Grilled Cauliflower Steaks are my “oops” remedy of the week.
I just ate peach pie for dinner. Twice. Oops.
What? We’re out of cheese dip, and I’m the only one standing by the bowl? Oops.
The wine is empty. Oops.
If your last week (er, month) been anything like mine, “oops” moments are a familiar event. I’m not going to say I regret them.
After all, why labor over a homemade fruit pie, then deprive yourself of enjoying a slice after lunch and dinner…and a small sliver at breakfast too?
And why visit an outdoor beer garden if not to order a pint?
As an embracer of oops moments, I also appreciate an infusion of healthy food to sustain myself between them. Bring on the wholesome, the nourishing, and the good things my body needs!
Put another way: I fully intend to eat more pie, so let’s work in a little veg, shall we?
I am both wary of (and historically terrible at) “detoxing,” so when I need a healthy pick-me-up or reset, I turn to foods that, while unquestionably wholesome, won’t leave me feeling deprived. Today’s recipe for Grilled Cauliflower Steaks is a prime (<—did you see what I did there?🤓) example.
If you need evidence that cauliflower, a rather bland-looking veggie that I don’t even remember seeing growing up, let alone eating, has gone mainstream, consider this: my first experience of a grilled cauliflower “steak” was at a local brewery. If breweries in Wisconsin, the land of all things beer, cheese, and sausage, serve grilled cauliflower with pride, it’s legit.
While raw cauliflower can lack appeal to all but the staunchest of veggie lovers, grilled cauliflower is an entirely different business. Heat softens and caramelizes the cauliflower until it becomes tender and almost sweet. It’s a similar effect to what happens when cauliflower is roasted in the oven, with the extra tasty upgrade of the grill’s smokiness.
While you can make Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with little beyond olive oil, salt, and pepper, I added a few simple ingredients to give the recipe interest and depth. You’ll find lemon juice for brightness, garlic and parsley for freshness, a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat, and a shower of toasted walnuts for crunch. A brush of honey (or agave if you prefer to keep the Grilled Cauliflower Steaks vegan) balances the flavor and helps the cauliflower caramelize even more deeply on the grill.
A few tips for planning ahead:
One head of cauliflower will yield 3 thin or 2 thicker “steaks,” depending upon the side of your head of cauliflower, so if you are cooking for a crowd, plan accordingly.
You’ll have a handful of leftover florets from the sides of the cauliflower head once the steaks are cut from the center. Feel free to toss these into a grill basket and cook them right away beside the steaks, or refrigerate them for a different cauliflower recipe later in the week.
Main dish or side dish? Either! I devoured nearly two of these steaks for lunch with some greens, but I think this recipe would also be a perfect accompaniment to grilled fish or chicken.
Switch it up. This simple grilled cauliflower recipe is easy to adapt. Try swapping the parsley, walnuts, and lemon for cilantro, almonds, and lime. Orange, black pepper, and scallions would be scrumptious too.
Upgrade. Try topping the grilled cauliflower steaks with Parmesan. I haven’t done this myself yet, but I suspect it would be delicious.
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Grilled Cauliflower SteaksGrilled Cauliflower Steaks with honey, lemon, and toasted walnuts. Tender, caramelized, and so satisfying! Perfect recipe for a simple side or light meal.
Yield: 4–6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 lemons, zested and juiced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 teaspoons honey (use agave to make vegan)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts