Chimichurri Cauliflower Steak

This cauliflower steak recipe is such a delicious way to eat cauliflower! The roasted steaks are golden brown, tender, and topped with my easy homemade chimichurri sauce.

Cauliflower Steak Recipe Video

I love cauliflower, especially when roasted until golden brown and crisp. That’s why I absolutely love these roasted cauliflower steaks! My roasting method guarantees deeply golden brown cauliflower.

Then, you’ll serve the steaks with my easy chimichurri sauce made with fresh garlic and parsley. This sauce is super popular with grilled and roasted meats, but trust me, it’s just as incredible with these roasted cauliflower steaks!

Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Key Ingredients

  • Cauliflower: I buy whole heads of cauliflower and usually get 2 to 3 thick steaks from each. You’ll probably have some leftover cauliflower, which you can use for recipes like cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower. When shopping for cauliflower, look for creamy white, compact clusters of florets, and give cauliflower that is spotted or dull-colored a pass. For more tips, see how to buy and cut cauliflower.
  • Olive Oil: I roast the cauliflower steaks in olive oil, which helps them become beautifully golden and crispy. Avocado oil is a good substitute if you prefer.
  • Chimichurri Sauce: My recipe is inspired by traditional Argentinian and Uruguayan versions. You’ll combine finely chopped parsley with olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and spices. It’s incredibly easy to make, I promise! Watch the video or see my chimichurri recipe for all my tips.

How to Make Chimichurri Cauliflower Steak

To cut cauliflower into steaks, I slice the head in half right through the stalk and then trim away the rounded edge of each half, leaving about 1 ½ inch thick slices that still have the stem attached. You can see me do this in our video!

The trick to cauliflower steaks that don’t fall apart is to make sure that each steak has some of the stalk attached. Typically, I get two thick steaks from a medium-sized cauliflower.

I cook my cauliflower steaks in an oven-safe skillet. This way, I can start them on the stove to get a really good golden brown sear and then finish them in the oven for that roasted tender texture.

How to Cook Cauliflower Steaks: cauliflower steaks in a skillet

While the cauliflower is in the oven, I make my chimichurri sauce. Then, when the steaks are done, I top them with a generous spoonful of chimichurri and serve.

They’re hearty and flavorful enough to enjoy as a main course, but I also love pairing them with a side salad, cooked quinoa, or rice dishes like Mexican rice or coconut rice. You can also serve these as a side dish, splitting each steak in half to make four portions.

Chimichurri Cauliflower Steak

Chimichurri Cauliflower Steak

  • PREP
  • COOK
  • TOTAL

Enjoy these cauliflower steaks with chimichurri sauce as a plant-based main dish or served as a tasty side. We cut our steaks thick, which means that one cauliflower will make two steaks. You will have unused cauliflower after cutting the steaks, but don’t worry, these can be used to make cauliflower rice, mashed cauliflower or roasted alongside the steaks and saved for another meal.

The recipe for chimichurri sauce makes about 1 cup. You will have plenty left over to be used in other dishes. Take a look at the original sauce recipe for suggestions on other ways to use it.

Makes 2 servings or 4 side portions

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

Cauliflower Steaks

1 medium head of cauliflower

2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil

Salt, to taste

4 tablespoons chimichurri sauce or more to taste, recipe below

Chimichurri Sauce

2 cups (50g) packed parsley leaves and tender stems

3 to 4 garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon minced

1 medium shallot, minced

1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or 1 jalapeño or Fresno chili pepper, finely chopped

1/2 cup (120ml) extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup (80ml) red wine vinegar

Directions

  • Prepare Cauliflower
  • 1Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C).

    2Remove the large outer leaves of the cauliflower and trim a small amount of the stem to create a flat base. Cut the cauliflower in half, from rounded top to stem.

    3To make each cauliflower steak, trim the rounded edge of each half, leaving about 1 ½ inch thick slices that still have the stem attached (see our video for a tutorial). Save the trimmed cauliflower for another recipe.

    4Heat the olive oil in a wide oven-safe saucepan over medium heat.

    5Place the cauliflower steaks in the hot oil and cook until deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. It helps to occasionally move the steaks so that the oil gets underneath.

    6Carefully flip the steaks and cook another 3 to 5 minutes, or until the second side is well browned. As the second side browns, season the steaks with salt.

    7Transfer the oven-safe pan to the oven and roast the steaks until the stems are tender and easily pierced with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes.

    8Serve cauliflower steaks with a generous spoonful of chimichurri sauce on top. For side portions, slice each steak in half and then serve.

  • Make Sauce
  • 1Make the sauce by hand: Mince the garlic and shallot and add them to a medium bowl. Finely chop the parsley and add them to the bowl along with the salt, red pepper flakes, olive oil, and red wine vinegar. Stir, then taste and season with more salt or red pepper flakes if needed.

    2Make the sauce in a food processor (or blender): Add garlic and shallots to the bowl of a food processor (or blender) and pulse until minced. Add the parsley, salt, and red pepper flakes. Pulse until the parsley is chopped small. Scrape the sides, and then pour in the olive oil and red wine vinegar. Pulse a few more times until the sauce comes together. Taste and season with more salt or red pepper flakes, if needed.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • No oven-safe skillet: If you do not have an oven-safe skillet, you can brown the steaks in a regular skillet and then carefully transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Storing chimichurri: The sauce is excellent the day you make it, but it will last a few days in your refrigerator (you might notice the parsley’s green dulls slightly). It’s absolutely perfect with grilled meat, like grilled steak, but is also excellent with shrimp, fish, veggies, chicken, and grilled bread.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Calories 325 / Total Fat 28.8g / Saturated Fat 4.4g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 678.9mg / Carbohydrate 16.6g / Dietary Fiber 6.9g / Total Sugars 5.6g / Protein 6.6g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
Inspired Taste Newsletter Signup
24 comments… Leave a Review
  • Vivek Sadhwani February 4, 2023, 5:12 pm

    Simple and easy to make. Thought the chimichurri had a bit too much vinegar, if I did it again I’d reduce by at least half.

    Reply
  • CCA December 4, 2022, 11:02 pm

    This was delicious! I made it for a group gathering and it was a hit. I did add a splash of freshly squeezed lime juice and a little fresh cilantro with the parsley.

    Reply
  • Aurora Hascec September 8, 2022, 10:15 am

    Great Recipies

    Reply
  • Jen April 27, 2022, 1:31 pm

    Fabulous! Used half cilantro, half parsley. Will make this again and again! Wished I had have doubled it 🙂

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Leave a Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe!

 

All comments are moderated before appearing on the site. Thank you so much for waiting. First time commenting? Please review our comment guidelines. You must be at least 16 years old to post a comment. All comments are governed by our Privacy Policy & Terms.

Previous Post: Next Post: