Cauliflower Steaks-The Little Shop of Olive Oils

Cauliflower Steaks


For the Cauliflower Steaks:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 3-4 tablespoons Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Lemon-Parsley Gremolata (optional):

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  • Remove the leaves from the cauliflower head and trim the stem, making sure it can stand upright without wobbling.
  • Carefully slice the cauliflower into 1-inch thick "steaks" from the center of the cauliflower head, trying to keep them intact. You should be able to get 2-3 steaks depending on the size of the cauliflower. Save any loose florets for another use.
  • In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and 3-4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Mix well to create a flavorful oil mixture.
  • Brush both sides of each cauliflower steak generously with the EVOO mixture, ensuring they are well coated.
  • Heat an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat on the stovetop.
  • Once the skillet is hot, add a bit more EVOO if needed, and carefully place the cauliflower steaks in the skillet.
  • Sear the cauliflower for 2-3 minutes on each side or until they develop a golden-brown crust.
  • Transfer the skillet with the seared cauliflower steaks to the preheated oven.
  • Roast the cauliflower for 15-20 minutes or until it is tender when pierced with a fork.
  • While the cauliflower is roasting, prepare the gremolata by combining lemon zest, minced garlic, chopped parsley, extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Remove the cauliflower steaks from the oven and let them rest for a minute or two.
  • Plate the cauliflower steaks and drizzle with the lemon-parsley gremolata if desired.
  • Serve the cauliflower steaks as a flavorful and satisfying main course or as a side dish.


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