Sal's 'surprise me' cauliflower steaks recipe

Sal's 'surprise me' cauliflower steaks recipe

23 ratings

When Sal met her boyfriend last year, it seemed they were the perfect match – apart from the fact she’s vegetarian and he most definitely isn’t. But, to his delight, he loved her cauliflower steaks recipe and has since been converted; well, on Thursday nights, at least. See method

  • Serves 2
  • 5 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 557 calories / serving


  • 900g cauliflower (1 large or 2 small)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 100g bulgur wheat and quinoa mix
  • 1 vegetable stock cube

For the dressing

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 20g coriander, chopped
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds, to serve
  • a few mint sprigs, to serve
Dress with tangy pomegranate for a burst of flavour

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    30g 42%
  • Saturates

    5g 25%
  • Sugars

    28g 31%
  • Salt

    2.7g 44%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 55g Protein 22g Fibre 16g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Depending on its size, cut the cauliflower into 4-6 2cm-thick ‘steaks’. Put on a baking tray. Mix 3 tbsp oil with the spices. Season and brush over the steaks. Roast for 18 mins, or until golden.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the onion and pepper for 7-8 mins. Add the tomatoes and cumin seeds and cook for 4 mins. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a pan set over a medium heat, cook the grain mix with 400ml boiling water and the stock cube, covered, for 15 mins. Drain and leave to steam in the pan for 5 mins.
  4. Meanwhile, blitz the dressing ingredients with 3-4 tbsp water to loosen.
  5. Serve the steaks with the veg, the dressing, pomegranate seeds and mint on top, and a spoonful of grains on the side.

Little help

If you don't have any tahini to hand, try using almond or peanut butter instead.


Blend leftover tahini with some honey, a splash of lemon juice and a pinch of cumin to make a dipping sauce for raw veg.

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