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Simple Cauliflower “Steaks”

Claire Wright

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Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins


2 heads cauliflower

olive oil

salt & pepper

optional flavourings: tamari or soy sauce, toasted sesame oil (instead of the olive oil), paprika, ground cumin and/or coriander, Chinese five spice, ground cinnamon, or some mixed dried herbs

Veg Portions / Serving: 1


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Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright |

Claire Wright from shares 3 simple ways to prepare cauliflower that the whole family will enjoy.

An amazing veggie meat-alternative for vegetarians, vegans or just a family Meat Free Monday, these cauliflower steaks will probably surprise your family by how sweet, delicious and filling they are.


Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower head but keep the stem. Slice the cauliflower into large “steaks” – the edge ones will probably fall apart, but you should get at least 2 decent ones out of each head (keep the ones that have fallen apart and toss with olive oil and a pinch of salt to roast alongside the steaks). Place the cauliflower steaks on a lined baking tray (or two, if needed), and brush with a little olive oil, then sprinkle with salt & pepper (and your choice of flavourings, if you are using them). Roast in the oven for 25-35 mins, until slightly catching and caramelised on the edges and cooked through but with a little bite to them still. Serve in place of steak with some homemade chips (try our veggie fries recipes) or cooked grains and vegetables. A drizzle of yogurt mixed with fresh herbs and feta, some crumbled blue cheese or a little hot sauce for the more adventurous of you is a welcome addition.

Kids in the kitchen:

Get the kids to lay the steaks on the baking tray, brush with the oil and sprinkle over the flavourings (let them choose their own).

Claire Wright

Communications Manager: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, looking after Veg Power's website and social media platforms.

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