Chimichurri Cauliflower Steaks

Perfectly golden brown and tender cauliflower steaks topped with our favorite zesty, green chimichurri sauce. Enjoy this easy plant-based recipe as your main meal or as a side to other dishes. Jump to the Chimichurri Cauliflower Steaks Recipe

Chimichurri Cauliflower Steaks

We Love Cauliflower Steaks!

We love roasted cauliflower as shown by this cheesy roasted cauliflower, this buffalo version and this roasted cauliflower with chili and lime. As much as we love all three of those recipes, these cauliflower steaks still blow our minds.

Roasted cauliflower steaks with chimichurri sauce spooned over the top

First off, since each steak is sliced so that the cauliflower lays flat, the level of caramelization and browning is amazing. I mean, just look at how golden brown they look!

Step photo showing how to cook cauliflower steaks in a skillet. The cauliflower is golden brown and lightly seasoned with salt.

Second, the combination of toasty golden brown cauliflower and our zesty, fresh chimichurri sauce is outrageously good. Chimichurri is a simple combination of parsley, garlic, olive oil and red wine vinegar and is often found spooned on top of grilled meats, but I have to say that I’m just as happy when adding it to my cauliflower steak. It really is that good.

How to cut cauliflower in to steaks

The trick to cauliflower steaks that don’t fall apart is to make sure that each steak has some of the stalk attached. You can get two thick steaks out of one medium cauliflower.

Simply slice the head of cauliflower in half through the stalk, and then trim the rounded edge of each half, leaving about 1 1/2-inch thick slices that still have the stem attached. You can see us do this in our video!

Cooking the steaks

For the best cauliflower steaks, start them in an oven-safe skillet. This means that we can get the perfect golden brown sear on both sides before finishing the steaks in the oven where they become tender.

If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, don’t worry. Simply start them in a regular skillet and then transfer them to a baking sheet to finish in the oven.

How to serve them

These are hearty and really can stand alone as a main meal. I like serving them next to a salad, with quinoa or with rice (like this cilantro lime rice).

You can also serve these as a side dish — consider splitting each steak into two to make four side portions. Serve them alongside black bean burgers or a hearty salad like this black bean and quinoa salad. They are also excellent alongside shrimp or meat dishes. Try these garlic butter shrimp or this tender cooked salmon.

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Chimichurri Cauliflower Steaks

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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

For Chimichurri Sauce (Makes about 1 cup)

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

3 to 4 garlic cloves (1 tablespoon minced)

1 medium shallot

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 (120 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup (80 ml) red wine vinegar


  • Prepare Cauliflower
  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Remove 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.

    To make each cauliflower steak, trim the rounded edge of each cauliflower half, leaving about 1 1/2-inch thick slices that still have the stem attached (see our video for a tutorial). Save the trimmed cauliflower for another recipe like cauliflower rice, mashed cauliflower or for snacking during another meal.

    Heat the olive oil in a wide oven-safe saucepan over medium heat. Place the cauliflower steaks into 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. Carefully flip the steaks, and then cook another 3 to 5 minutes or until the second side is well browned. As the second side browns, season the steaks with salt.

    (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.)

    Slide the oven-safe pan into the oven and roast the steaks until the stems are tender and can be pierced with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes.

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

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

      Make the sauce in a food processor (or blender): Add garlic and shallots to the bowl of a food processor (or blender), and then 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.

      Storing: The sauce is excellent the day you make it, but it will last a few days in your refrigerator (you just might notice the parsley’s green dulls slightly).

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • For the chimichurri, Once you have the base recipe, you can play around with it depending on what ingredients you have on hand. Try switching parsley for cilantro, or use a combination of both herbs. A little fresh mint or oregano is also a nice addition.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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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

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21 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Eliza April 13, 2022, 12:30 pm

    Made this last night, and husband remarked, “This is delicious!” while sounding incredulous. He did not think it was funny when I said we were having steak and it turned out to be cauliflower steak… 🙂 Next time, I will try the sauce to go with. Easy and even better than plain roasted florets, which are always a favorite in our house.

  • Angela February 16, 2022, 11:12 am

    Hello, could this be made without using vinegar? Looks delicious, I would LOVE to make this for MyFamily!! Cheers to healthy recipes!!~Angela

    • Joanne May 17, 2022, 2:52 pm

      Hi Angela, The vinegar is pretty essential to the sauce. Without it, you will have something more similar to an herbed oil. It would still taste delicious, you will just be missing the bite from vinegar.

  • Divya February 14, 2022, 10:39 pm

    Hi, this looks amazing.. what can I use instead of red wine vinegar? Lemon juice? Apple cider vinegar? Thanks!

    • Joanne May 17, 2022, 2:53 pm

      Lemon juice is definitely an option or a white wine vinegar. Apple cider vinegar will work in a pinch, but adds a bit of its own flavor.

  • Canan January 18, 2022, 12:53 pm

    So, so, so good, and simple to put together. I actually threw in the remaining pieces of cauliflower in the pan to cook along. they were crispier and delicious.

  • Chas January 12, 2022, 1:09 pm

    These are amazing! The sauce went perfectly with the cauliflower. Thank you!

  • Sigi November 29, 2021, 11:44 am

    AMAZING!! just finished eatin’ the whole thing for dinner! looove how allways incredibly easy and delictious your recipes are :)) thank you for yoir inspiration & best of luck!

  • Mavis Rocke September 26, 2021, 2:01 pm

    I have just made this for the first time if it tastes as good as it looks I’m won over I just managed to get one steak from the cauliflower it’s quite hard get two as it crumbles very easy

  • Debbie September 14, 2021, 2:17 am

    This cauliflower recipe was outstanding! My husband, who isn’t a huge cauliflower fan, thoroughly enjoyed it….he couldn’t believe it was really cauliflower! I love cauliflower but am not a huge parsley fan, but made the recipe exactly as it says, and it was unbelievably delicious! A perfect combination of flavors!! Bought a new head of cauliflower so I can cook it again soon!!

  • Sara Reynolds August 28, 2021, 4:32 pm

    I saw this recipe and made it while on vacation. Glad I found your site again because I can’t get this dish out of my mind. The sauce is outstanding for many other uses.

  • HongChin April 30, 2021, 9:41 pm

    I like what I am reading…

  • Denise April 3, 2021, 8:10 pm

    I saw this recipe on your website last week and couldn’t get it out of my mind. I made it today and it was absolutely delicious! The only change I made was one cup of parsley and one cup of cilantro instead of the two cups of parsley. All the flavors came together so wonderfully, the garlic, the shallots, the tang of the vinegar, the fresh green of the parsley, the bite of the cilantro and red pepper flakes, the cauliflower so tender and caramelized… Best of all it was simple! I’ll be making this again and again. Thank you!

    • Fernanda June 30, 2021, 12:40 am

      That’s the way we make Chimichurri in South America; halve parsley an halve coriander. It goes also amazing with steam potatoes or a good beef steak. Yummy!

  • Stephanie p. April 1, 2021, 6:37 pm

    Can you sub red wine vinegar with balsamic?

    • Joanne May 17, 2022, 2:54 pm

      You can try it. Balsamic vinegar has a lot of flavor on its own so the taste of the sauce will be different.

  • Edinburgh February 11, 2021, 10:35 am

    You continue to delight with these recipes, thank you.

  • Lynne Carry February 3, 2021, 8:30 pm

    We love cauliflower and this recipe was delicious!

  • María January 27, 2021, 7:55 pm

    Me encantan sus recetas. Son fáciles de hacer y muy deliciosas. No requieren de mucho tiempo y son muy nutritivas. Muchas gracias por permitirme disfrutar de sus deliciosas recetas.

    • Adam January 28, 2021, 2:21 pm

      We are so glad that you enjoy our recipes 🙂


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