Vegan Crispy Cauliflower Steak Recipe

One delicious vegan cauliflower recipe that gives cauliflower a crispy, fried, and grilled-like texture is for “Cauliflower Steak.” It’s a hearty and flavorful dish that’s perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike. Here’s a recipe for you:

Vegan Crispy Cauliflower Steak Recipe


  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari (for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste for spiciness)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Prepare the Cauliflower: Remove the leaves and trim the stem of the cauliflower, leaving the core intact. Slice the cauliflower into thick “steaks” about 1-inch thick. You should be able to get 2-3 steaks from one head of cauliflower. Save any florets that break off for another use.
  3. Make the Marinade: In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, soy sauce (or tamari), smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Marinate the Cauliflower: Place the cauliflower steaks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the marinade generously over both sides of each cauliflower steak, ensuring they are well coated.
  5. Bake: Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is tender and the edges are crispy, flipping the steaks halfway through for even cooking.
  6. Broil (Optional): If you want an even crispier and grilled-like texture, you can broil the cauliflower steaks for an additional 2-3 minutes, keeping a close eye to prevent burning. This will give them a charred appearance.
  7. Serve: Remove the cauliflower steaks from the oven and let them cool slightly. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro if desired, and serve hot.

You can serve these cauliflower steaks with a side of your favorite vegan sauce or dip, such as vegan aioli, tahini dressing, or a tomato-based sauce. They make a fantastic main dish or a side for any vegan meal, and they’re sure to satisfy your craving for something crispy and flavorful. Enjoy!

I can provide you with approximate nutritional values for the vegan crispy cauliflower steak recipe. Keep in mind that these values are estimates and can vary based on the size of the cauliflower and the specific brands of ingredients you use. Here’s a rough breakdown per serving (assuming the recipe makes 2-3 servings):

Per Serving (assuming 3 servings):

  • Calories: 150-200 kcal
  • Protein: 4-6 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 12-15 grams
  • Dietary Fiber: 5-7 grams
  • Sugars: 3-4 grams
  • Fat: 10-12 grams
  • Saturated Fat: 1-2 grams
  • Sodium: 600-700 mg (varies based on the amount of salt used)

These values are approximate and can vary based on factors like the size of the cauliflower, the amount of marinade absorbed, and any additional ingredients or sauces you serve with the cauliflower steaks. To get more precise nutritional information, you can use a nutrition calculator or consult the labels on the specific ingredients you use in your recipe.

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