Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

Even though this is a simple recipe, there’s something special about the caramelized edges of grilled cauliflower.  It’s topped off with grilled lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley.  We served ours as the main dish with a few more veggie sides, but it would be a great accompaniment to whatever you’re grilling this summer!

Start by heating your grill.  Keep the core and stalk in place until you’ve sliced the cauliflower.  With a large knife, slice cauliflower head lengthwise into 1-inch thick slices.  Then cut away the stalk from each slice.  Spread butter over both sides of cauliflower.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place cauliflower slices on the grill for 5-6 minutes until you see the edges caramelize.

Flip and grill the other side until caramelized.

While they finish cooking, halve a lemon and place cut-side down on the hot grill for 2 minutes.  Remove and set aside.

Once both sides of cauliflower are golden brown, transfer to serving platter.  Drizzle with the juice from grilled lemons and garnish with Parmesan cheese and parsley.



2 medium heads cauliflower
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tbsp coarse sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon
1 tbsp minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


1. Turn a gas grill to high, or ignite charcoal. When grill is hot or the coals have begun to turn gray,  carefully lay cauliflower directly on the grill or use a cast iron skillet. Heat for at least 10 minutes.
2. Keep the core and stalk in place until after you’ve sliced cauliflower. With a large knife, cut cauliflower head lengthwise into 1-inch-thick slices. Cut away the stalk (just the base of it) from the bottom of each slice.
3. Give each cauliflower steak a good smear of butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
4. Place cauliflower slabs on the hot grill and cook until they show a caramalized crust (5-6 minutes).
5. While they cook, halve lemons and place cut-side down on the hot grill for 2 minutes. Remove lemons and set aside.
6. With a spatula, turn each cauliflower slab, and grill the other side until caramelized (about 5 minutes). When both slides are golden brown, transfer to a serving platter, drizzle with juice from grilled lemons, and garnish with parsley and Parmesan. Serve while hot.

Recipe adapted from: Michael Chiarello

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Cauliflower Crust Cheese Sticks

Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Quinoa

Glazed Cauliflower ‘Wings’


Join the Conversation

  • lmicklich

    I’ve never been a fan of the texture of raw cauliflower, but I love all the new recipes that find ways to cook it and make it taste good!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I don’t love it raw either.

  • Robin Landrigan Smith

    Love the recipes! I love cauliflower and will definitely try the grilled steaks. One of my favorite recipes is to roast cauliflower with fresh tomatoes and curry seasoning – delicious!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I’ve never added curry to my roasted veggies. That sounds so good!!

  • Marilyn

    Yum! This looks so tasty! I can’t wait to try it.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you like it!!!

  • Running ‘N’ Reading

    I’ve been hoping you would post how to make these ever since I saw your grilled dinner on a post after the weekend! YAY! Thanks so much, Jen! It’s time to get the grill going – woo hoo!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I love this time of year!!

  • Jamie

    Love this. Such a healthy option for a BBQ. Especially for us non-meat eaters : )

    • jenchoosesjoy

      It’s a fun alternative to the typical portobellos or veggie burgers!

  • Erin

    I always get really really hungry, want to run all the miles and drink wine when I visit your blog :) It also always make me smile! Love reading!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      That pretty much sums me up…run, eat, and drink!!?

  • alsoranagain

    Wow–these look really tasty, Jen. I love cauliflower and it’s the only vegetable other than carrots that my son will eat. Thank you for sharing!

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you guys like it!!

  • cupcakesandmiles

    Whoa! It’s like you read my mind! I was just thinking cauliflower steaks sound so yummy to have for dinner this weekend.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      We love them!!

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  • Sara

    OMG – made the cauliflower steaks tonight and am hooked. My new favorite thing. Ever.

    • jenchoosesjoy

      I’m so glad you liked it!!! ?

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