Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Dive into the world of simple, elegant, and utterly delicious vegetable dishes with our Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Steaks. This recipe takes the humble cauliflower and transforms it into a gourmet delight that’s both nutritious and full of flavor. With a crispy, golden crust seasoned with spices and topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan and fresh parsley, these cauliflower steaks are a testament to how minimal ingredients can produce maximum taste. Perfect for a healthy dinner, side dish, or a vegetarian main course, this dish is a crowd-pleaser that promises to elevate your mealtime.

Not only is this recipe a delight for the taste buds, but it’s also incredibly easy to prepare, making it perfect for busy weeknights or elegant enough for a special dinner. The combination of spices and the roasting process bring out the natural sweetness of the cauliflower, creating a dish that’s as nutritious as it is flavorful. Whether you’re looking to impress your guests or simply want to enjoy a healthy and delicious meal, these Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are sure to become a staple in your culinary repertoire.

Full Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Wash the cauliflower and cut it into 1-inch thick steaks.
  3. In a small bowl, mix olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and turmeric.
  4. Brush both sides of each cauliflower steak with the oil mixture.
  5. Place the cauliflower steaks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Roast in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  7. Sprinkle grated Parmesan and parsley over the steaks, then roast for an additional 5 minutes or until golden and tender.
  8. Drizzle with lemon juice before serving.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes | Kcal: 120 kcal | Servings: 4

Recipe Background:

Cauliflower has emerged as a versatile hero in the kitchen, adept at transforming into anything from rice alternatives to pizza crusts. This Oven-Roasted Cauliflower Steaks recipe celebrates the vegetable in its simplest form, elevating it with robust flavors and a satisfying texture. It’s a testament to cauliflower’s ability to stand as the centerpiece of a meal, offering a hearty, low-carb alternative to traditional meat dishes.

Nutritional Information:

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that is naturally high in fiber and B-vitamins. It provides antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against cancer. It also contains fiber to enhance weight loss and digestion, choline that is essential for learning and memory, and many other important nutrients. This dish is not only a feast for your taste buds but also a boon for your health, being rich in vitamins C, K, and minerals like potassium and magnesium.

Cooking Tips:

  • Cutting Cauliflower Steaks: Aim for at least 1-inch thickness to ensure they don’t fall apart during roasting. Use the two outer slices for a different recipe or roast them alongside the steaks.
  • Seasoning Variations: Feel free to experiment with different herbs and spices. Sumac, cumin, or a curry blend can offer a whole new flavor profile to the dish.
  • Parmesan Substitute: For a vegan version, use nutritional yeast or vegan cheese instead of Parmesan to maintain that cheesy flavor and texture.

Serving Suggestions:

These cauliflower steaks are wonderfully versatile. Serve them atop a bed of quinoa or with a side of mixed greens for a balanced meal. They’re also great with a drizzle of tahini sauce or homemade pesto for added zest. For a more substantial meal, pair with a side of roasted potatoes or a hearty grain salad.

Storage and Leftovers:

If you have leftovers, they keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or on a skillet to retain the texture. You can also chop them up and add them to salads, bowls, or wraps for a nutritious meal prep option.

Sustainability Aspect:

Cauliflower is a sustainable vegetable choice, especially when sourced locally and in season. Its ability to replace grains and meats in various dishes also contributes to a more sustainable eating pattern, reducing the carbon footprint associated with animal farming and grain production.