Closeup of Queso Cauliflower Steaks with cilantro on top

Plant-Based Queso Cauliflower Steaks

Cauliflower “steaks” are simply heads of cauliflower cut from top to stem, keeping the cauliflower florets together but with a flat surface on both sides, perfect for searing on a pan or grilling. This delicious Plant-Based Queso Cauliflower Steaks recipe is a grilled version of cauliflower steak and is topped with a plant-based cheese dip, salsa, and cilantro for a Tex-Mex spin!

The plant-based queso I used is not like other dairy-free cheeses that are made with nuts or soy. Loca plant-based potato queso is top 8 allergen free and made with ingredients like potatoes, carrots, peppers, nutritional yeast, and seasonings. It’s creamy and delicious and available in mild nacho and spicy jalapeño.

Check out more recipes using Loca plant-based queso.

Closeup of Queso Cauliflower Steaks with salsa and cilantro on top

5 from 2 votes
Closeup of Queso Cauliflower Steaks with cilantro on top
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Plant-Based Queso Cauliflower Steaks

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 223kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 large heads cauliflower
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces Loca Foods plant based mild queso
  • ½ cup salsa
  • Cilantro leaves , for garnish


  • Combine the garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Prepare grill for direct heat and preheat to medium. Oil the grates.
  • Remove the outer leaves from the heads of the cauliflower and trim the stem so it sits flat (be careful not to cut too much of the stem). Place stem side down on a cutting board and slice about 1/3 off each side – reserve for another use. Slice the rest of the cauliflower into 3 equal slices, about 1 inch thick.
  • Lay the steaks flat and brush with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle the spice mixture evenly on both sides.
  • Grill 5 minutes per side with the lid closed.
  • Heat the queso, drizzle some over the cauliflower steaks, and serve the rest on the side. Top with salsa and garnish with cilantro leaves.


Nutrition Facts
Plant-Based Queso Cauliflower Steaks
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 1021mg43%
Potassium 695mg20%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 229IU5%
Vitamin C 94mg114%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* 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 Cheese houseparty Loca Salsa Tex Mex Vegan Cheese
  1. Reichel Wellswim
    July 7, 2021

    These are flavorful and easy to make side dishes.

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