Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

It’s finally grilling season, and if you have vegetarian friends or family coming over… these Grilled Cauliflower Steaks are the perfect thing to add to the menu. They also work great as a side dish!

grilled cauliflower steaks with yogurt sauce on a platter

How to Make Grilled Cauliflower Steaks:

To make the “steaks” use a large knife (serrated works well) to slice the cauliflower head into thick slices (about 3/4-inch thick works well). You’ll lose some florets during the slicing, but you can toss those on the grill also!

seasoned cauliflower

Drizzle the steaks well with olive oil and season them with a quick spice blend of curry powder, salt, paprika, and five spice powder (optional).


cauliflower steaks on the grill

Cauliflower can take a lot of heat so crank up the grill (or if you’re using charcoal use direct heat) and let the cauliflower get some nice char on both sides. Once you get the char going, you can turn the heat down to low on your grill and continue to grill the cauliflower until it’s tender in the middle. The total grilling time will probably be somewhere around 20 minutes.

yogurt sauce for cauliflower

These steaks are great right off the grill with nothing else, but if you want to kick it up a notch, serve them with a quick yogurt sauce that’s just a mix of plain Greek yogurt, lemon, and diced cucumber. It comes together very easily.

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks served with yogurt sauce

Serve your Grilled Cauliflower Steaks garnished with lemon zest, dried cranberries, fresh cilantro, and a big bowl of yogurt sauce for drizzling or dipping. YUM!

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Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

Easy vegetarian option for grilling days! These thick cauliflower steaks are tender on the inside with some crispy bits around the edges. Served with a simple yogurt sauce!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 steaks
Calories 157 kcal



  • 1 head cauliflower, sliced thickly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon five spice powder (optional)

Sauce and Toppings:

  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice, divided
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. Wash cauliflower and use a large knife to slice it into about four large steaks, 3/4-inch to 1 inch thick. If you lose some florets, just toss them on the grill separately!

  2. Drizzle cauliflower steaks liberally with olive oil. In a small bowl, stir together curry, salt, paprika, and five spice powder. Season steaks with the mix.

  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Once hot, add the cauliflower steaks and sear for about 5 minutes per side to get nice grill marks and some char. Reduce heat down to low and continue to cook cauliflower until it's tender in the middle, maybe another 10 minutes, flipping occasionally. Be gentle with the steaks to try to keep them as whole as possible.

  4. Meanwhile, stir together yogurt, lemon juice, cucumber, and a pinch of salt and pepper.

  5. When the steaks come off the grill, garnish with lemon zest, dried cranberries and fresh cilantro. Serve with yogurt sauce on the side!

Recipe Notes

4 Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints per serving (1 steak with toppings and 1/4 cup sauce)

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
Amount Per Serving (1 slice with toppings + 1/4 cup sauce)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 643mg 27%
Potassium 534mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 9g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 3.1%
Vitamin C 85%
Calcium 9.3%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • sabrina wrote:

    so much better than raw cauliflower, I’ve been eating a lot of raw cauliflower and broccoli as part of a diet and find each of them a little tough to swallow sometimes, so any recipe that would add some flavor is much appreciated, and I always love steak, even vegetable steak, so thank you!