Roasted Cauliflower Steaks in a Cilantro Jalapeno Sauce

I am bonkers for cauliflower, and especially roasted cauliflower. I can eat it in my salads, or as a side dish to my chicken, or cut into a steak as the main dish. My Mom is a vegetarian and always appreciates when something with a little effort is placed in front of her at dinnertime. I know my Momma loves her veggies and she also loves her food spicy. Today I made roasted cauliflower steaks in a cilantro jalapeno sauce as a little surprise for her at dinner. She loved it, and said she could eat an entire cauliflower if it were prepared this way. Here is my recipe for a Latin-style cauliflower steak. Enjoy!

  • Roasted Cauliflower Steaks 1 of 10

    This is quickly becoming a family favorite in my house. So simple and tasty. Click through the slideshow to see exactly how. 

  • Easy Ingredients 2 of 10

    It doesn't take much to make this gorgeous main dish.

  • Hot Jalapeno 3 of 10

    Oil up a jalapeno and place over an open flame until skin is burned / charred. 

  • Spicy Green 4 of 10

    Add ingredients for sauce in food processor, and pulse until finely chopped. 

  • Finely Chopped 5 of 10

    The sauce will resemble spinach. Scoop out of food processor and set to the side.

  • Chop 6 of 10

    Cut cauliflower into 2 inch slices. 

  • Cauliflower Steaks 7 of 10

    Cut as many steaks out of the cauliflower as possible. 

  • Olive Oil 8 of 10

    Brush baking sheet and cauliflower with olive oil and sprinkle with ground pepper and sea salt. Bake!

  • Drizzle 9 of 10

    Remove steaks from oven and plate them. Drizzle with cilantro jalapeno olive oil and cilantro jalapeno sauce. 

  • Enjoy! 10 of 10

    Serve cauliflower steaks as a main dish. 

Ingredients for roasted cauliflower steak in a cilantro jalapeno sauce:

  • 1/8 teaspoon – vegetable oil
  • 1 – jalapeno
  • 1 – bunch of cilantro (stems cut off)
  • 3 – garlic cloves
  • 1 – teaspoon salt
  • 4 – tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 – large cauliflower
  • ground black pepper
  • sea salt
  • optional: cilantro jalapeno olive oil


  1. Rub vegetable oil on jalapeno, and then set jalapeno on an open flame to char skin.
  2. Once jalapeno skin is nice and burned, cut off the stem and add jalapeno to a food processor with cilantro, garlic cloves, salt, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Remove cilantro / jalapeno mixture from food processor and place in a bowl. Set to the side.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Rinse and cut cauliflower by removing the bottom stem and leaves, and then slicing into 2-inch slices.
  6. Prepare a baking sheet by brushing a tablespoon of olive oil on it.
  7. Place cauliflower steaks on a baking sheet, then brush the tops with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper and sea salt to your liking.
  8. Bake on one side for 15 minutes, then remove steaks from the oven and flip them over, and bake for an additional 10 minutes on the other side.
  9. Remove from oven and place on a plate. Dollop with cilantro jalapeno sauce, then drizzle with cilantro jalapeno olive oil.
  10. Enjoy!


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Article Posted 4 years Ago

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