Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Steaks
Impress all your friends with this vegan baked Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Steaks. A tender and creamy steak topped with fresh parsley, toasted pine nuts, and non-dairy parmesan cheese. Serve it with pasta or a giant salad for a delicious gluten-free and plant-based meal. 
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
5 from 1 vote
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Cauliflower Steaks
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 205 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 

  2. Destem the cauliflower, remove all the leaves and discard. Holding the cauliflower with its base on the cutting board, cut right through the center of the cauliflower so that you have two even halves. Take each half and cut a steak that is 1" wide. You will end up with two 1" steaks. The remaining ends of the cauliflower can be roasted along with the steak or saved for other cauliflower recipes. 

  3. Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet and generously brush with oil. Sprinkle with garlic and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, flip the steaks and brush the underside with oil. Return to the oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until steaks are tender and the edges are brown. 

  4. While cauliflower steaks are baking, gently dry-toast the pine nuts over the stovetop. This takes about 3-4 minutes, shaking constant. Remove from heat and set aside. 

  5. Remove from oven. Immediately shred vegan parmesan (if using) over the warm steaks to allow it to melt. Evenly squeeze the lemon juice over the two steaks and freshly ground pepper. Top with pine nuts and parsley and serve with pasta or a large caesar salad

Recipe Notes

If you are roasting all the pieces of cauliflower along with the steaks, you may need to increase the amounts of the remaining ingredients for bold flavors. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Steaks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.