Grilled Greek Cauliflower Steaks are packed with meaty flavor! Marinated in olive oil, lemon, oregano and garlic these steaks make the perfect side dish or main dish!
It’s not grilling season yet in Montreal, but the weather is sure warming up and the snow is melting quickly. The other day the sun was out, it wasn’t too cold and you could almost smell spring in the air. So I whipped out my enameled cast iron grill pan and decided I was gonna ‘fake’ grill marks on something. That something turned out to be cauliflower.
It was superduper and ready very quickly with a little trick.
Outside on the BBQ, you would be able to close the lid and get the concentrated heat to cook the cauliflower all the way through with beautiful grill marks and flavor from the marinade and grill itself. Inside we don’t have two things: the cover of the grill to cook it through or the flavor that a grill can give food.
The trick to cooking the cauliflower steaks all the way through? A quick little trip in the microwave.
Yes, the microwave can be a useful tool in the kitchen while cooking – it’s not just to reheat meals! I use it to steam veggies (it’s a perfect little trick when you want to focus on another aspect of the meal like a great 30 Minute Chicken Piccata) or want to get some veggies cooked fast (like in Chinese Broccoli Beef).
As for the flavor that the grill gives food? Hard to replicate. So I opted for powerful flavors in the, what I consider, Greek marinade: olive oil, lemon, fresh oregano and, of course, lots of garlic.
When I made these Grilled Greek Cauliflower Steaks for my boyfriend I served them with homemade tzatziki (I’m still working out kinks in the recipe) and some sausages because I thought the cauliflower itself would not be enough for us. That being said, I’ve proven that they are a great side dish, but I also believe with tzatziki and roasted nuts (I’m thinking walnuts or pine nuts here) these cauliflower steaks would make a great light lunch or supper.
Hope you enjoy!
- 1 head of cauliflower cut into two steaks use the florets remaining for something else
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2-3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp. fresh oregano chopped
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
In a bowl mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper to make the marinade.
In heat a grill pan over medium heat. While it's heating up, place cauliflower steaks on a plate, cover with a wet paper towel and microwave for 2 minutes on high.
Brush one side of the cauliflower steaks with the marinade and place marinade side down on the pan.
Cook until nice caramelized grill marks appear, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Brush the other side with the marinade and flip the steaks, cooking for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Serve right away! Great served with some tzatziki.
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