Sweet and Sour Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Sweet & Sour Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

You know when you’re just really craving a steak but all you have is cauliflower? What … that doesn’t happen to you? Well, perhaps not many of you share in that particular experience, but you have to admit cauliflower as “steak” is pretty cool. No, it doesn’t replicate the taste and texture of a real steak, but that’s completely ok! Steak is steak. Cauliflower is cauliflower. But cauliflower is also the grand chameleon of foods, changing its form and adapting itself to a multitude of recipes – rice, pizza crust, mashed potatoes – you name it and cauliflower has probably disguised itself as it. So, when I was craving steak but only had cauliflower, I enlisted cauliflower to masquerade itself as steak and thus, this Sweet & Sour Roasted Cauliflower Steaks recipe was born!

How do you make cauliflower “steak”? Very simply, that’s how! Cut a large head of cauliflower into four even slices, season with oil, salt, and pepper, and bake it. You can add a sauce, like I did with this vinegar and honey sauce (I used Marukan rice vinegar), you can season it with steak seasoning, you can top it with caramelized onions or sautéed mushrooms like you might do with a regular steak – the options are endless! To add some nice contrast of flavors and textures, I added golden raisins to the sauce and I topped the steaks with toasted pine nuts.

What’s your favorite way to make cauliflower steak?

Sweet and Sour Roasted Cauliflower Steaks Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Sweet and Sour Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
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Sweet & Sour Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 cup Marukan Rice Vinegar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • ½ red onion , diced (about 1 cup)
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts or chopped pistachios
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Cut the stem off the cauliflower and remove any green leaves. Cut in half, then cut each half in half, lengthwise, making 4 steaks. Drizzle both sides of the cauliflower steaks with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes, flip the cauliflower steaks over, and bake for another 15 minutes or until fork tender and golden brown.
  • While the cauliflower is baking, make the sauce. Combine the vinegar, honey, water, raisins, onion, and red pepper in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and let boil gently, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated and is syrupy and the raisins and onions are tender.
  • Serve the cauliflower steaks topped with the sauce and garnish with the nuts and parsley.


Nutrition Facts
Sweet & Sour Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 58mg2%
Potassium 813mg23%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 60g67%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 77mg93%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Cauliflower Marukan Raisins Steak Vinegar
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  1. mymandap
    May 9, 2020

    Great! It’s really very helpful post.
    Thanks for sharing.

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