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Cauliflower “Steaks” with Mexican Chimichurri

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 46 steaks + 1 cup sauce) 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Hearty and satisfying vegan cauliflower steaks topped with a vibrant mexican-inspired chimichurri sauce.




  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons each fresh lime juice and red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup each fresh cilantro and parsley
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • ¼ cup oregano or mint
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Serrano or jalapeno ribs and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest

Cauliflower Steaks

  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper



For the chimichurri, combine oil, lime juice and vinegar in a liquid measuring cup.

Process cilantro, parsley, onion, oregano, garlic, serrano, salt, and zest in a food processor until minced. With processor running, stream in oil mixture until combined; season with salt and pepper. Chill until ready to serve.

Cauliflower Steaks

Trim leaves from cauliflower heads. Place heads steam side down and cut, top to bottom, into 1-inch thick slices, or “steaks” (you should get 4–6 total steaks). Arrange steaks on a sheet pan, brush both sides with oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Coat a large cast-iron skillet with nonstick spray, heat skillet over medium-high for 5 minutes. Add 2 steaks to skillet, place an additional cast-iron skillet or weighted pan on top of steaks, and cook until charred, 3–4 minutes. Flip steaks and cook another 2–3 minutes until charred. Transfer to a serving platter and repeat with remaining steaks.

Serve cauliflower steaks with chimichurri sauce.


Equipment you’ll need:


  • Serving Size: 1 steak + 2 tablespoons sauce
  • Calories: 145
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 622
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg