Roasted Purple Cauliflower Steaks

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 3, 2016

Print This Post Print This Post Purple Cauliflower Steaks: Roasting brings out the best caramelized flavors in a simple head of cauliflower dressed with olive oil and salt. You won't want to share. Paleo, vegan, low-carb, low-calorie, diabetic-friendly. It's all the things.|

The thing about cauliflower is that you probably first hated it, and then once someone made it well for you, you absolutely loved it.

Back in the mid-last century, if grandma made you cauliflower, it might have been boiled. Kinda meh, kinda no-thank-you-but-I-still-love-you-grandma. She meant well, but she probably wasn’t tuned into dry roasting. Cooking trends change over time. We forgive her.

Today, though, it’s a whole ‘nother thing.

Cauliflower is the star of low-carb, low-calorie, Paleo, diabetic, Ketogenic, vegan and other various healthy eating plans.

You can roast a whole head of cauliflower, roast a bunch of different colors to make a splash on the plate, put it with broccoli, carrots, onions and colored bell peppers to make the Best Vegetable Medley of Your Life ,  or make a soup, pizza crust or rice substitute out of it. It is super versatile.

Paleo Purple Cauliflower Steaks on ShockinglyDelicious.comToday I’ll show you how to slice it, dress it with olive oil and salt, and simply roast, for a Cauliflower Steak. You can eat it as the main course, or a side dish. It is comfortable as the star of your vegan meal, or alongside a steak (in which case you would have steak squared as your dinner); you choose.

Ingredients for Purple Cauliflower Steaks on

All it takes is a whole head of cauliflower, some excellent extra-virgin olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt.

Brush or drizzle olive oil on the Purple Cauliflower Steaks on

Write cauliflower on your grocery list, and get out your big knife. This is worth it.

Vegan Purple Cauliflower Steaks on

Roasted Purple Cauliflower Steaks

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Roasting brings out the best caramelized flavors in a simple head of cauliflower dressed with olive oil and salt. You won't want to share. Paleo, vegan, low-carb, low-calorie, diabetic-friendly. It's all the things.


  • 1 head purple cauliflower (or use white cauliflower or orange or whatever color you can find!)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (I used Arianna Trading Company Organic Raw Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • Sea salt


  1. Heat oven to 400F degrees.
  2. Cut leaves off cauliflower head and slice head into planks or steaks.
  3. On a baking sheet (cover baking sheet with a Silpat mat if you have it, or parchment paper, for easy cleanup), place the cauliflower steaks. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  4. Roast for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and serve.
  6. Serves 4.


Recipe source: Slightly adapted from Roasted Cauliflower at Sid's Sea Palm Cooking

Purple Cauliflower Steaks recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comSid, from the blog Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking, was the inspiration for today’s post. I was assigned her blog as part of Secret Recipe Club, a group of food bloggers who each month are secretly assigned a blog to look through. We quietly try a few recipes (and you know this part is hard because food bloggers are never quiet about anything!) and choose one to post about. Today is our “reveal day,” and I’m happy to have had the chance to cook from Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking this past month.

Sid is a hoot. I wish she lived next door to me. She does a monthly Boat Club Potluck, she does Tapas Night, she cooks at the local Senior Center…she is FUN!

I liked her idea for Retro Iceberg Lettuce Wedge Salad and she’s a potsticker queen who won a contest for these. And speaking of potstickers, what about these Potstickers Using Leftovers (once you know how to make these, you won’t stop).

Sid, I am so glad to have had the opportunity to explore your blog, and I have it bookmarked for more culinary adventures in the future!

Low-carb Purple Cauliflower Steaks recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comIf you’d like to see what else the Secret Recipe Club cooked up this month, browse the photo array below.

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Disclosure: Frieda’s Produce sent the purple cauliflower and Arianna Trading Company sent the olive oil, for recipe development.



{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Melanie | Melanie Makes April 5, 2016 at 10:54 am

I’m such a fan of roasted cauliflower – this looks delicious!


Rachael April 5, 2016 at 4:00 am

I have had cauliflower steaks on my to-do list forever – yours look so good, I’m going to pick up some pretty colourful caulis today 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold April 5, 2016 at 5:38 am

Wouldn’t it be fun if you could find a purple cauli and an orange one too?


Patricia @ Grab a Plate April 4, 2016 at 7:48 pm

Just looooove the color and the simplicity of this lovely veggie! Can’t believe I haven’t tried cauli steaks yet. Thanks for the inspiration!


Sara @ Bitz & Giggles April 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm

Roasting vegetables just brings out so much flavor! This cauliflower looks so delicious! There are so many main dishes you could serve it with!


laura@motherwouldknow April 4, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Dorothy, I absolutely love roasted cauliflower steaks. But you’ve really taken it up a notch with your purple cauliflower! I know it doesn’t taste different, but it is soooo great looking.


Dorothy Reinhold April 5, 2016 at 5:39 am

Thank you! It did turn out pretty!


Katerina @ Diethood April 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Ain’t that the truth! Loved grandma, but not her cauliflower… 😉
Now it’s one of my top fave veggies only because of this method of roasting!
Gorgeous steaks!!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 4, 2016 at 3:08 pm

I love roasted cauliflower, but I can’t get my family to eat it 🙁 The purple cauliflower is such a pretty color here!


Cookin Canuck April 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Boiled or steamed is exactly how I ate cauliflower when I was a kid. No thank you! Now that I’ve discovered roasted cauliflower or grated salads, I’m hooked! This purple cauliflower is gorgeous.


Dorothy Reinhold April 5, 2016 at 5:40 am

Cookin Canuck,
Grated in salads…that’s a new one on me. I will try it!


Anna April 4, 2016 at 11:15 am

I’ve always liked raw cauliflower but never cooked. These gorgeous steaks may change my mind. I am definitely going to have to try this soon!


Katie Zeller April 4, 2016 at 10:55 am

I saw purple cauliflower once, a few years ago in a display with orange, yellow, green and white cauliflower. I’ve never seen it since. However…. We love it, but I’ve tried this. On my list!


Ginny McMeans April 4, 2016 at 9:29 am

What a fantastic way to serve cauliflower and purple cauliflower at that. It is already on my shopping list.


Amanda E April 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

Still haven’t seen purple cauliflower at my store but know what to do with it once I do!


Dorothy Reinhold April 4, 2016 at 8:08 am

Oh, snap it up when you see it Amanda! It’s just plain fun to cook with.


Leslie Limon April 4, 2016 at 8:00 am

I love all things cauliflower, and these purple cauliflower steaks are absolutely gorgeous! Great pick for this month’s Secret Recipe Club.


Kristina April 4, 2016 at 6:51 am

I love cauliflower steaks! I have never made a purple one, how fun! 🙂


SallyBR April 4, 2016 at 5:35 am

Oh, I love cauliflower steaks, never made with the purple kind and now I cannot wait to try it… I like that the color is preserved during roasting, whenever I use it in purees or other preparations, the color fades a lot

great post, Dorothy!


Dorothy Reinhold April 4, 2016 at 5:40 am

Yep, Sally, the color seems to even deepen in the roasting!


Faith (An Edible Mosaic) April 4, 2016 at 5:20 am

This makes me realize that I don’t play with purple cauliflower nearly enough! It’s so pretty and roasting is one of my favorite ways to make it. This is perfect!


Dorothy Reinhold April 4, 2016 at 5:32 am

Thanks Faith! The color gets even deeper and more interesting when it is cooked.


Sid April 4, 2016 at 4:40 am

It’s always fun seeing just which recipe became the ‘one’ that my SRC blogger found to make and blog about. I love, love, love the purple cauliflower you used. I wish I could find some in my neck of the woods. Once you roast cauliflower, you will never want to eat it any other way. In fact I have one in my fridge right now that was slated to be roasted tonight. So glad you got me this month.


Dorothy Reinhold April 4, 2016 at 5:34 am

I really had fun spelunking into your blog. Why can’t you just live next door to me. We would get into some trouble, in the best way.


Sid April 6, 2016 at 5:44 am

I’m glad you had fun wading through my blog. We could get into a lot of ummm, fun, if we lived next door to each other. In the best way, of course.


Dorothy Reinhold April 6, 2016 at 12:23 pm



Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 4, 2016 at 3:53 am

Well I have a thing for ANY purple produce! Love it!


Adriana Lopez Martin April 3, 2016 at 9:49 pm

I love cauliflower and roasted is amazing. Great dish and beautiful purple colors!


Alisa Fleming April 3, 2016 at 9:34 pm

I love that you used purple cauliflower! It’s so beautiful. I still haven’t tried cauliflower steaks, but am feeling inspired now.


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