Crispy Baked Cauliflower Steaks - These panko crusted, oven baked cauliflower steaks will blow your taste buds away. You have to give them a try!
Who knew cauliflower could be so good, frankly in my opinion cauliflower is not loaded with flavor. When I was a child my mother would serve it in a medley with broccoli and carrots or alone smothered in cheese sauce. However, its lack of flavor makes it very versatile, great to use when making a vegan white sauce or mock rice in raw recipes. Now there are steaks, yeah cauliflower steaks. I know it's nothing like the real thing for you meat eaters, but let me tell you these babies are loaded with flavor. Actually this is my veggie version of chicken-fried chicken. While in the oven the aroma filled my kitchen, my daughter thought I was cooking chicken for her.
Seasoning is key to making cauliflower more flavorful. Lately I have been making my own seasoning blends and this one is what used when seasoning these cauliflower steaks. Simply mix and store in an airtight container.
I picked up two heads one of them green just for the fun of it. When picking the cauliflower, pick one with the florets pretty tight together, the florets stay together more when slicing. You will have some fall off but that's ok, they can be smaller steaks or little poppers.
So now all that needs to be done is dip in the batter, dip in the crumbs and bake in the oven.
At first glance it looks like it could be a piece of fried chicken, don't you think.
Served up as the main ingredient in a salad makes this a filling lunch or light dinner.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- SPICE BLEND
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried minced onions
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Transfer to an airtight container for storage.
Crispy Baked Cauliflower Steaks
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 40 mins
- Yield: 8 to 10 1x
- 1 to 2 heads of cauliflower, 2 for serving four or more
- DIPPING BATTER
- ¾ cup hemp or plain almond milk
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup nutritional yeast, non vegans can use parmesan
- 2 cups whole wheat panko crumbs
- ¼ cup spice blend from above
- SERVING SAUCE
- ½ cup vegan mayo, regular for non vegans
- 3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees, spray a baking rack with non-stick cooking spray and place rack onto a shallow cookie sheet, set aside.
- Wash and slice the cauliflower.
- Blend milk, hemp seeds and nutritional or parmesan in a blender until smooth, transfer to a container with deep sides.
- Mix together panko crumbs and spice blend and place into another deep sided dish.
- Dip the cauliflower into the batter and cover both sides, dip into the crumbs and place on prepared baking pan.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until fork tender.
- Serve as a main with a salad, rice or pasta.
- Serving Size: 1 steak
- Calories: 180
- Sugar: 3.3
- Sodium: 248.4
- Fat: 6.9
- Saturated Fat: 0.5
- Carbohydrates: 20.2
- Fiber: 6.3
- Protein: 11.9
- Cholesterol: 0
Ginger Wroot says
Found you through a linkup, and so glad I did! This cauliflower looks amazing, and your photos are so professional! I pinned this one--thanks!
Thank you Ginger, I hope you enjoy this as much as I do, so delicious!
Have a great week.
Danita Carr says
Oh yum! This salad looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories
You are so welcome Danita!
I love cauliflower Celeste however it can be bland if you just have it steamed all the time. Thanks for sharing this alternative it looks like a delicious recipe and the whole family will enjoy eating their veggies! Great to have you link up at #OvertheMoon.
Hi Sue, I hope you give it a try!
Antojo en tu cocina says
Congrats Celeste! your recipes are amazing!! 🙂
I hope you are having a great week.
Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi says
This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it out and I think it will be a vegetarian dish that my non-vegetarian husband actually loves too! 🙂
That's great! Let me know how he likes it.
This looks so delicious! I will definitely give it a try, Pinned 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this at the Sunday Fitness & Food link-up, I am looking forward to trying this!
GiGi Eats says
I really do ADORE cauliflower but.... It doesn't REALLY adore my GI track! LOL!
I sorry to hear that, but I know the feeling, milk does it to me. Which is why I do plant-based milk.
This looks great.I will have to give it a try soon.I love cauliflower so I am always trying to find ways to use it.It is so versatile in in plant-based diet.
I hope you like it.
Andrea Wyckoff says
WOWZA! I have never seen cauliflower look more crave-worthy! Seriously beautiful photos!! And this recipe looks like a total crowd pleaser for sure.
I was surprised myself with this one, it is so incredibly delicious.
Your spice mix certainly raised this cauliflower dish up several notches. I have added this recipe to my meal list for this week. Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party Blog Hop!
I'm glad you like it, what day are you having it, I would love to come over for dinner!!!
I love cauliflower steaks! Next time I want to try your seasoning mix. Looks great. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on G+! Have a great week!
Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says
Looks amazing!! We love using cauliflower in all sorts of recipes, thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!
Enjoy, they are amazing!
Mary-the boondocks blog says
What a geat recipe and it could definitely be served as a main meal. Thanks for sharing with us at Share it link up.
I hope you have a chance to give this one a try, it is wonderful!
I have to say I am not usually a fan of cauliflower but I think I will have to make an exception for these, they look delicious! Thanks for sharing on #YumTum this week
Regina L. L. Wells says
Okay, Celeste...you said five magic words: panko, cauliflower, smoked paprika, and tumeric. You got me! Love this recipe and cannot wait to make it!
Thanks Regina, Enjoy!!!
Deborah Davis says
You're so clever. It does look a little like fried chicken! I would love to make these for my next book club meeting.The ladies would love them! I am so delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious Crispy Baked Cauliflower Steaks at the Healthy Happy Green Natural Party! I'm Pinning and sharing this!
Thanks Deborah, I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
Prairie Gal Cookin says
Hey, just wanted to drop you a note and say thanks so much for linking up over at Sunday’s Simple Homemaker on Prairie Gal Cookin! Please feel free to drop in and leave a different link or two on this week’s link-up, we’d love to have you! http://www.prairiegalcookin.com/sundays-simple-homemaker-3rd-weekly-link-up/
Thanks, I will be sure to link to your party.
Have a great week!!!
I have been recently experimenting with califlower and have liked what I've tried so far. I will try this one. I love the seasoning that is being used and hope that it will satisfy my steak cravings.
I love the crispy crunch of this dish, it also makes a great afternoon snack.
Mary-the boondocks blog says
Celeste this is a first for me. I've never seen cauliflower made like this before. But it is something I can definitely sink my teeth into. Pinning. I'm definitely going to try it.