If you haven’t yet had a cauliflower steak, you have not truly lived. Cauliflower steak is just roasted cauliflower but in the form of thick slabs or slices rather than florets. It not only looks prettier but makes a solo lunch or a brunch for the girls even more exciting because it is so fancy. Like bust out your nice plates and cutlery fancy. And when you top it with your favourite salsa or pesto or chutney or diced salad, it looks unbelievably posh.
Now a lot of cauliflower steak recipes call for boiling the vegetable first and then roasting in the oven. I don’t prefer this method as it softens the cauliflower and takes away the beautiful sweetness that comes from just roasting it. Some recipes ask you to cook in the pan, flipping it to cook both sides. Also, a lot of the recipes talk about roasting for a said amount of time and then flipping over and roasting again. Ummm … No!! You see, cauliflower steak is quite delicate and needs to be cooked smartly. No flipping people .. keep it simple. You don’t want to have roasted cauliflower florets (you have had enough of those in your lifetime), you want steaks!
The way I like to do it is to rub or spread olive oil in a metal baking tray. I like to use light metal or aluminium as this won’t brown it beyond recognition like darker trays would. Now when you place your cauliflower steaks on this oiled surface and drizzle more oil on top, you are essentially greasing both sides of the cauliflower and the even heat of your oven will cook both sides to a golden perfection. No flipping required! It is important to cook it at a low temperature first so the vegetable cooks to tender perfection and then at an increases temperature to get those beautiful brown edges.
A simple olive and caper salsa is pure gold with roasted cauliflower. In fact, I have used this combination before with delicious results in this grandma pie. I like to use baby capers, also known as Lilliput capers. They are tiny and bursting with mouth puckering flavour. Chop everything finely, especially the olives. It really makes for a pretty dish. I never knew I could eat a whole head of cauliflower in one sitting until I cooked this. It is very hard to stop at one, they are so incredibly more-ish. If you make this and love this, please leave your feedback and raring in the comment below. It really helps others when they are deciding if they want to cook this! x
- 1 head of cauliflower (1.5kg)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
For the olive and caper salsa
- 60g pitted green olives
- 1 tablespoon baby capers, drained
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 60ml extra virgin olive oil
- salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper
- extra chopped parsley
- Preheat oven to 160C. Drizzle a large metal baking tray with a tablespoon of olive oil.
- Place the cauliflower on a chopping board, resting on the stalk. Holding the head gently, slice the cauliflower into 5-6 thick slices (each about 1 inch wide).
- Place the cauliflower slices gently on the prepared tray. Drizzle the top with remaining olive oil.
- Roast in the pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.
- Increase oven temperature to 200C (if your oven has a grill setting, turn it on). Roast for a further 15-20 minutes at this higher temperature till the cauliflower is starting to char and brown nicely. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Place all ingredients for the salsa in a small glass jar. Mix well.
- Spoon prepared salsa over the cauliflower steaks. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt flakes, freshly ground black pepper and chopped parsley.
- Serve immediately.