Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Maple-Barbecue Sauce


I usually mash my cauliflower but grilling the versatile vegetable as “steaks” is my new favorite way of preparing it. Not only does it look fabulous on the dinner table but it’s a fun way to eat the vegetable family-style as well. Certainly one could eat an entire steak herself, but our family enjoyed slicing into it and sharing it piece by yummy piece.

And it couldn’t be easier to prepare. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • one head of cauliflower
  • oil for grilling
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Wash and trim the green end off of the cauliflower. Then, using a large serrated knife, cut it into slices about a 3/4-inch thick each. Be careful not to cut them too thin or they’ll break apart. Depending on the size of your cauliflower, you may get between 3-5 steaks. Use the pieces that crumble off in a stir-fry or eat them raw!

Using tongs, carefully place each steak onto a griddle or skillet that’s been preheated with some oil. Season with some salt, pepper and garlic powder and cook until brown on the edges. Flip the steaks, season and brown on the other side as well.

In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, barbecue sauce and soy sauce. When the steaks are finished, place them onto a plate and drizzle with the sauce. You can drizzle some plain maple syrup as well, for contrast.

Happy eating!