Cauliflower Steaks with Cilantro and Hot Pepper Aioli Recipe

If only there was no ice on the streets causing slow movement and several traffic incidents, I’d have had more time to tell the sweet cashier, who reminded me of my grandma, all the ways you can use cauliflower. She told me that in the sixty years she’s been married to her husband he refused to eat any vegetables but canned green beans. Can you imagine?

Introducing new vegetables to your family can be tricky sometimes. For the longest time my daughter was disgusted by cauliflower because “it looks like brains”.

Cauliflower steaks, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, side dish

I shared my tried and true tricks with the cashier who, even after sixty years, never gave up trying:

1 Hide it in other food

This is an old and favorite trick. Add finely chopped vegetables to stews, lasagna, or even pasta meat sauce. I have hidden cauliflower in mac & cheese and on pork chops covered with cheese before. My picky granddaughters never knew what hit them, ha! Tip: DO NOT reveal your secrets or they will never trust you again. To get my cabbage-hating husband to eat it, I hid a whole head in a sneaky casserole. He loved it!

2 Rename it

Give the dish a different name. Cauliflower steaks sounds so much better than just plain cauliflower. Another example is above mentioned sneaky casserole. Of course I didn’t tell my husband I was serving cabbage and polenta casserole. No way would he have even tried it.

3 Change the way you serve it

If you only ever serve steamed vegetables try roasting them in the oven instead. Serve with a sauce, like aioli, your family already loves! Changing the way you cut the vegetables helps too. I usually roast cauliflower separated in florets. By slicing it through I created “steaks” and a new recipe that everyone loved. The cilantro and hot pepper aioli was the icing on a…steak.

Cauliflower Steaks with Cilantro and Hot Pepper Aioli Recipe

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cauliflower roasted and served with aioli recipe

Ingredients:
Serves 2-4

1 large head cauliflower
2-3 tablespoons olive oil for drizzling
1/2 teaspoon Smoked salt (my newest addiction, but you can substitute with sea salt)
1/4 teaspoon Freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground Turmeric
1/4 teaspoon Cumin

Cilantro and hot pepper aioli

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed in a mortar or with a side of  a knife
1 bunch finely chopped cilantro
2 seeded and finely chopped jalapeno peppers
Salt to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the leaves and trim the stem end of the cauliflower. With a large knife, slice the cauliflower lengthwise into 3/4-inch thick “steaks”, keeping as much intact as possible. 

Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, turmeric, and cumin on both sides. 

Roast with remaining florets until golden brown, about 20 minutes, flipping the steaks half way through.

baked cauliflower steaks, healthy, family meal, vegetable

Transfer to a serving platter. Serve topped with aioli.

Cilantro and hot pepper aioli

In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, and vinegar. Add garlic, cilantro, and jalapeno peppers. Season with salt to taste. 

cilantro and hot pepper aioli, spicy sauce, jalapenos, garlic, mayonnaise

Serving suggestion:

Serve over cooked rice, couscous, or quinoa for a full vegetarian meal.

Do you have people like my daughter and cashier’s husband in your house? How do you get them to eat vegetables?

 

Cauliflower Steaks with Cilantro and Hot Pepper Aioli Recipe

Cauliflower Steaks with Cilantro and Hot Pepper Aioli Recipe

Tried and true tricks to get your family to eat vegetables, like these cauliflower steaks. The cilantro and hot pepper aioli is the icing on a...steak.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked salt (my newest addiction, but you can substitute with sea salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • .
  • Cilantro and hot pepper aioli
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed in a mortar or with a side of a knife
  • 1 bunch finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 seeded and finely chopped jalapeno peppers
  • Salt to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remove the leaves and trim the stem end of the cauliflower. With a large knife, slice the cauliflower lengthwise into 3/4-inch thick "steaks", keeping as much intact as possible.

Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, turmeric, and cumin on both sides.

Roast with remaining florets until golden brown, about 20 minutes, flipping the steaks half way through. Transfer to a serving platter. Serve topped with aioli.

Cilantro and hot pepper aioli

In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, and vinegar. Add garlic, cilantro, and jalapeno peppers. Season with salt to taste.

Notes

Serving suggestion: Serve over cooked rice, couscous, or quinoa for a full vegetarian meal.

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28 Replies to “Cauliflower Steaks with Cilantro and Hot Pepper Aioli Recipe”

  1. Michelle

    You can give me cauliflower any day of the week and I’ll eat it Jas. My great Aunt used to give it to us after lunch and told us they were miniature ghost trees that only the fairy queen and really special children were allowed to eat. I have loved cauliflower ever since. She told us the same thing about broccoli, except these had been hand painted with fairy dust so no one would know that they used to be ghost fairy trees, except us and the fairy queen 😉

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    • Jas Post author

      I love that, Michelle! Now I know where you got your imagination from! Sometimes we’re not even aware how we influence young kids. 🙂

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  2. Debrashoppeno5

    I first saw this when you posted it on Instagram. It looks so good. I don’t have all of the ingredients so I will need to pick up a few things but this will be dinner soon.

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  3. rue

    Children and husbands… I’ll never figure out why they’re so hateful of veggies. I’m definitely going to try this 🙂

    And thank you so much for your sweet comment and compliment!

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    • Jas Post author

      Carol, I don’t like too spicy either. You can control the heat level in this recipe for sure. It only has a little kick, though. But you could totally omit the hot sauce or any sauce for that matter 😀

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  4. Tina

    I love using cauliflower in different ways and I haven’t tried anything like this yet! I am so excited! I’m not a red meat eater, so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jas Post author

      LOL, Karen! There are three things we shouldn’t argue about: taste, religion, and politics. To each their own. 😉 I hope you give this recipe a try and let me know how you liked it 😀

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  5. Mrs Shoes

    K, true story: Mom once put a Thanksgiving pie on the table and let my Dad assume it was pumpkin (his favourite). He took one bite and blew up… “Don’t make carrots into a pie and try to pass it off as pumpkin, I’m not an idiot, and I WANT pumpkin pie, not CARROTS!” Then he stormed off without finishing the carrot pie that tasted (to me) like pumpkin, but wasn’t. Not gonna lie, still traumatized over that.

    Just now, as Mr Shoes was getting coffee behind me, he glanced over my shoulder, and the first thing he said is “Cauliflower is NOT steak. And what’s that pink goo on it? Don’t even think about it, please.”

    That said, I am happy to add veg to sauces & just not say anything but ‘thank you’ to the compliments & what they don’t know doesn’t hurt them. When Boot was little he went through a phase of no veg – to this day, he has no idea how much spinach he ate blitzed into chocolate cupcakes. On the other hand, if there is a single bean in a recipe he can always tell & has a reaction much like my father “That better not be my supper if there’s beans in it. I don’t like beans!” Have you eve made chilli without beans? It’s basically spaghetti sauce, but that’s the way he likes it.

    So I guess I’ll stick with steamed cauliflower, which is okay, because the men will act like I’m some kind of genius. So long as there are no beans & no pink goo, I’m golden.

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    • Jas Post author

      I’ve learned long time ago, you can’t please everyone. Take it or leave it is my motto. My cousin’s late husband used to be like your husband. Saying ew to something he hasn’t even tried, like he was 5 or something. Once, we managed to make him try my spinach from scratch and he couldn’t admit it to me, but told my cousin that he loved it. Men are big stubborn babies, lol.

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