Seared Cauliflower Steaks

pan seared cauliflower steaks /

This one is so simple but I’m really excited about it. I received (yet another) giant cauliflower last week. I loved this preparation so much that I made it two nights in a row… which rarely happens around here.

Also rare… this short list of ingredients. I have a way of turning a “simple” recipe idea into a list of 20 items, but not this time! (I was so proud, can you tell?)

This is great as a side dish but it would also make a nice appetizer – skip the greens and serve them with the sauce for dipping.

lemon garlic yogurt sauce /

seared cauliflower steaks

Serves: make as much cauliflower as you like, the sauce makes about 1 cup (about 2-3 servings)
cauliflower steaks:
  • ½ inch slices of cauliflower, from the middle of the head
  • olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • salt
garlic-lemon yogurt
  • 6 oz. plain yogurt
  • juice of half of a small lemon (about 2 tablespoons) plus a bit of the zest
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • a splash of olive oil (1/2 to 1 tablespoon)
  • salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350. If you've just washed your cauliflower, pat it dry and sprinkle with salt. Let it sit and dry while your oven is preheating. Place them on a baking sheet and bake them (we're pre-cooking them) for 15 minutes, or until they're a little bit soft and barely browning on the edges. Remove from oven.
  2. Meanwhile, stir the yogurt ingredients together. Taste and adjust. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and coat the bottom of it with olive oil. Add the garlic and then the cauliflower steaks. Cook on each side for about 5 minutes or until they're golden brown and caramelizing. (reduce heat if the garlic starts to burn).
  4. Remove them from the skillet, salt them a little bit more and serve with a few greens & pomegranate seeds (optional)... and generous dollops yogurt sauce (less optional).


Leave a comment:

Your email address will not be published.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

Rate this recipe (after making it):  

  1. Melissa from

    Great recipe. Never can have enough cauliflower recipes. Will be book marking this one

  2. Kristen from

    Totally loving this recipe. I’ve been on a cauliflower kick lately. Going to have to try this one!

  3. Oh man, I just made these tonight and they are to die for! Who would have thought something so simple could be so good! Another reason I love vegetarian foods.

    • jeanine

      Hi Marleena, my thoughts exactly, glad you liked it!

  4. Jessica from

    I love this recipe, cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables and serving it with a yogurt sauce sounds healthy and satisfying!

  5. Julia from

    I love cauliflower and do a lot of roasting when I make it. This garlic yogurt sauce looks wonderful for dipping. Great addition!

  6. Better than roasted cauliflower? Then I must try them because roasted is pretty much the only way I can tolerate cauliflower.

    • Jeanine

      I liked it about the same as roasted… it gets that same golden brown caramelization on the edges so it’s sort of similar.

  7. Rebecca

    This sounds delicious. Is it kinda sad that it’s 12:05am and I already know what I am having for dinner tonight? 🙂

    • tunie

      Uh, no. That’s the definition of awesome, in my book!

  8. Wow, does this sound good! I think it’s going to end up being tomorrow nights dinner :D.

  9. Hollie from

    Stunning Salad!

    I will be making this very soon. Looks delicious!!

    Happy cooking!

  10. Garlic lemon yogurt sauce combines all my favorite things! I could eat it by the spoonful!!! Also, can I just say, I want your kitchen and your lovely countertops!

  11. Gorgeous idea! Your photography is so consistently beautiful! Do you use natural lighting or daylight lamps (if you don’t mind me asking 🙂 ) ?

    • jeanine

      Thanks! Most of the time we shoot at night with one soft box (continuous) light, with a clear photo bulb (not the blue daylight ones). I adjust the white balance in Lightroom to get rid of the orange cast.

      Of course, in a perfect world we would shoot with natural light… right now our schedules don’t allow for it, and also we really just like to eat dinner at dinner time!

      • Thanks for the quick response! I have to large day light light bulb soft boxes but haven’t gotten the hand of positioning them yet and I just end up with weird shadows! Do you position the light/lights over head?

        • jeanine

          nope, to the back right, then I hold one of these in front to diffuse it more: And Jack holds a piece of white poster board reflecting in from the front/left to counter-balance the dark shadows that happen in front. Took a lot of trial/error to get the setup just right… I’m thinking of posting about it one day because so many people ask.

          • tina from

            I would love to read that post! Your photography is so beautiful. I always feel guilty for shooting at night, but it really is the only time I have. Nice to hear that I am not the only one.

  12. Maria from

    We both posted cauliflower steak recipes today:) Love it!

    • jeanine

      I know, yours look so good!

  13. Julia from

    lemon yogurt sounds fantastic!

    • jeanine

      It’s a total go-to of mine, it’s so tasty and easy to whip up with things I keep on hand.

  14. kellie@foodtoglow

    Oftentimes simple things are the best. This sophisticated treatment of a much-maligned veggie proves the rule. I fancy it dusted in sumac…

    • jeanine

      I’ve always wanted to try sumac, haven’t gotten around to it yet. Very soon, thanks for the reminder!

  15. We love cauliflower – but have had problems cutting it into “steaks.” How big a cauliflower should we be looking for?

  16. You should be proud! This sounds amazing…and looks utterly stunning!

  17. Goooooorgeous. Need it, want it, crave it, need it. Oh I already said that.

  18. Terry from

    Gotta try this when I get some fresh cauliflower at the farmers market this weekend.

  19. James from

    I keep reading “Cauliflower Steaks” on vegan restaurant menus locally and wondered what that would look like. Sounds great!

    • jeanine

      Me too and was never enticed to order them. I figured they couldn’t possibly be as good as roasted cauliflower… I was proven wrong.

A food blog with fresh, zesty recipes.
Photograph of Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews in their kitchen

Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.