This Gluten-Free Vegan Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing recipe is a healthy, easy recipe made with clean, real food ingredients and needs only about 5 minutes prep time. You’ll love how this plant-based side dish is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, keto-friendly, lectin-free and Medical Medium compliant!
I know these may not be the most appealing photos to look at to convince you that you really, really need to make these, but I PROMISE they taste 110% better than they look!
Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
What is a “cauliflower steak”?’
Don’t worry – it’s not meat-related! 🙂
A “cauliflower steak” is another way to enjoy roasted and seasoned cauliflower by slicing it into thick strips instead of the traditional floret pieces.
In my roasted cauliflower steaks recipe, they are lightly coated with pure avocado oil, generously sprinkled with a dill spice combination, then roasted in the oven for about 60 minutes.
Once they come out of the oven, both soft on the inside and golden + slightly crispy on the outside (!!!), they are drizzled with a homemade lemon dill tahini dressing that is tangy and goes perfectly with the dill seasoning on the cauliflower.
One large head of cauliflower will make about 4 “steaks” and you’ll more than likely have enough leftover floret pieces to make an 8 x 8 pan of roasted cauliflower using the same instructions. See my “Expert Tips” at the end of the recipe.
You can enjoy them as a meal or as a side dish with a vegan soup recipe Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup or Creamy Vegan Tomato Basil Soup and even with a vegan salad like my Clean Eating Vegan Greek Salad.
And, if you like seasoned roasted cauliflower as much as I do, make sure you try Roasted Cauliflower with Chipotle and Lime recipe…it’s really good too!
You can also make this recipe as cauliflower “steaks” using the chipotle and lime seasonings instead.
This healthy plant-based recipe is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, lectin-free, soy-free, nut-free, keto-friendly, paleo-friendly and Medical Medium compliant.
How To Make Gluten-Free Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks: Step-by-Step Instructions
I’ll show you how easy it is to prepare this healthy plant-based side dish recipe in just a few steps below:
Step 1: Prepare The Cauliflower
To prepare the cauliflower, you’ll want to use a large head of fresh cauliflower for this recipe. With the crown of the cauliflower facing upward and the stem facing downward, you are going to slice the cauliflower from the top to bottom to get about 4 thick slices. Don’t worry if you have some small florets that fall off or break off – just save them to roast separately (see tip below). After you’ve cut the cauliflower into slices, you’ll place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and lightly drizzle both sides with avocado oil.
Step 2: Prepare The Seasoning
This is the second step and should take just a few minutes. You’re going to add all the seasonings for the cauliflower to a small bowl and stir together. Feel free to adjust the number of seasonings to your preference. Once you’re finished, you’ll sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of each cauliflower slice before roasting them.
Step 3: Prepare The Lemon Dill Tahini Dressing
This is the third step of the recipe and should take just a few minutes to prepare. While your cauliflower is roasting in the oven, you can mix up the ingredients for the dressing and set it aside.
Expert Tips + Ingredient Substitutions for Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
- How Long Does It Take To Roast Cauliflower Steaks? The secret to getting the cauliflower steaks to be soft on the inside and crispy on the outside is to roast them at a low temperature for a longer time. Although you can roast them at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time, roasting the cauliflower steaks at 350 degrees for about an hour is perfect and so worth the wait!
- How Do You Cut Cauliflower Into A “Steak”? Normally, cauliflower is cut off the stem into bite-sized “florets”. To make cauliflower “steaks”, you will cut the cauliflower into thick slices, resembling a slab of “steak”, hence the name “cauliflower steak”.
- First, remove the outer leaves and trim the base.
- Second, set the base of the cauliflower on your cutting board, with the crown (top) of the cauliflower facing upward.
- Thirdly, cut into the cauliflower from the top all the way down to the bottom, like you would if you were cutting a loaf of bread into slices. They should be thick enough that they hold together well after they’ve been cut and you should get at least 4 slices from a large head of cauliflower.
Want More Healthy Vegan Side Dish Recipes?
Check out these:
- Spicy Turmeric Twice Baked Potatoes
- Roasted Potatoes with Habanero and Basil Pesto
- Lectin-Free Vegan Basil Pesto and Cauliflower Rice Dip
- or my CLEAN EATING Cookbook with 100+ plant-based vegan + gluten-free recipes made with clean, real food ingredients just like this one that you will love!
Gluten-Free Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Dill Tahini Sauce
For the cauliflower:
- 1 large organic cauliflower
- 1 tablespoon 100% pure avocado oil
For the seasoning:
- 1 tablespoons organic dried dill
- 1/2 teaspoon organic ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon organic garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon organic ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
For the tahini sauce:
- 2 tablespoons organic lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons organic tahini
- 1/4 teaspoon organic dried dill
- 1/4 teaspoon organic ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and set aside.
Prepare the cauliflower:
- Place the cauliflower on a cutting board with the stem down and the crown facing upward. Carefully slice the cauliflower from the top (crowto the stem, taking care to keep the slices intact. You should get at least 4 thick slices.
- Place the cauliflower slices on the prepared cookie sheet.
- Rub the avocado oil on both sides of the cauliflower slices. Set aside.
- See "Tip" below regarding leftover cauliflower pieces.
Prepare the seasoning:
- Add all the ingredients for the seasoning to a small bowl and stir so all the ingredients are well combined. Adjust the seasonings to your preference.
- Sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of each cauliflower slice.
Roast the cauliflower:
- Place the cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees and roast for approximately 60 minutes, or until the outside edges of the cauliflower are golden and the inside of the cauliflower is soft.
Prepare the tahini sauce:
- While the cauliflower is roasting, add all the ingredients for the sauce to a small bowl and whisk together until well combined. Adjust the seasonings to your preference.
- Once the cauliflower is finished, transfer the slices to your serving dishes and drizzle with the tahini sauce.