Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Corn Salsa

This beautiful grilled cauliflower steak is topped with black bean and corn salsa, making it a filling vegetarian grilling idea!

Grilled cauliflower steak with corn salsa

Cauliflower is one vegetable that’s gotten a true branding makeover in the past few years. From crispy cauliflower tacos to buffalo cauliflower bites, cauliflower is suddenly on trend. Growing up, the only way Alex and I ate it was raw on a veggie tray, or steamed (yuck!). We’ve become huge cauliflower fans these days. So why not add a grilled cauliflower steak to our repertoire? These steaks are not so much about a meat substitute as another delicious way to eat this on trend veggie. Keep reading for our grilled cauliflower steak recipe!

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What’s a cauliflower steak?

Cauliflower steak is not trying to be meat. On the contrary, they’re simply a unique way to eat cauliflower! A cauliflower steak is a sliced cross-section of a cauliflower, cut so that all the florets stay in tact. Who came up with the idea of calling it a cauliflower steak, I’m not sure! You can roast or grill cauliflower steaks by slicing the cauliflower down the middle, and then cooking the slices until they become lightly charred. Grilling the cauliflower adds a smoky flavor and lightly charred edges.

Do you need a grill to make a grilled cauliflower steak? A charcoal grill is our preferred method, since it brings in the smoky flavor. But you can also make it in a grill pan on the stovetop.

Grilled cauliflower steak with fresh corn salsa

How to make a grilled cauliflower steak

The other day we picked up some sweet corn and cherry tomatoes at our local market (Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market) the other day and were looking for a new way to use them. We’d tried some grilled cauliflower steaks this past winter after seeing them in an issue of Bon Appetit. While they didn’t work out at the time, we thought we’d try out a grilled cauliflower steak again, this time as a base for a fresh corn salsa. They turned out wonderfully, and were a satisfying grilled summer meal — as well as an interesting meatless option!

A cauliflower steak is typically served with some kind of sauce over it. To make our grilled cauliflower into a main dish, here we’ve served it with a black bean and corn salsa. Using beans adds in plant based protein to make it a more filling dish!

Looking for cauliflower recipes?

Outside of this grilled cauliflower steak, here are a few of our favorite cauliflower recipes:

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And here are a few more vegetarian and vegan grilling ideas, in addition to this grilled cauliflower steak:

This grilled cauliflower steak recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Grilled Cauliflower Steak with Fresh Corn Salsa


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This beautiful grilled cauliflower steak is topped with black bean and corn salsa, making it a filling vegetarian grilling idea!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels (2 to 3 ears)
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes
  • 15-ounce can black beans
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (or mix of cumin, chili powder, and paprika)
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Remove the outer leaves and extended stem from the head of cauliflower. Working from the center, slice across the entire head to create 4 steaks. Steaks can only be made with the florets attached to the core stem. (Florets that detach from the core can be cooked on the side or reserved for another meal.)
  2. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Coat each side of the cauliflower steaks with olive oil, a sprinkle of kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Grill each side for 3 to 4 minutes until lightly charred.
  3. For the fresh salsa, cut off the corn, enough for 2 cups kernels. Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Drain and rinse the black beans. Chop the cilantro. Juice 2 limes.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together corn, tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, lime juice, taco seasoning, 1 pinch kosher salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil,and fresh ground pepper. Stir to combine; taste, and add additional seasonings if desired.
  5. To serve, place each steak on a plate, and spoon over mounds of fresh salsa.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Grilled cauliflower steak, Grilled cauliflower, How to grill cauliflower, Cauliflower Steaks, Cauliflower Recipes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    September 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

    This is a fun idea! I love all the veggies and beans in this. Yum!

  • Reply
    Meister, The Nervous Cook
    September 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I’ve seen pan-fried ‘flower steaks, but never grilled: Why hadn’t I thought of this before?! Genius.

  • Reply
    Jeanine
    September 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    This looks so gorgeous! Absolutely beautiful photo… yum…

    • Reply
      Alex
      September 6, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Thank you! It sometimes takes an effort to make a bean pile look lovely…

  • Reply
    Courtney @ Bake. Eat. Repeat.
    September 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Love this! It’s so good to be able to know the stories and the people behind the food we eat. Is it just me, or does local food just taste better? Definitely celebrating local here in Columbus this week!

  • Reply
    Riley
    September 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    This looks delicious! Those cherry tomatoes are beautiful!

  • Reply
    Shut Up & Cook
    September 7, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Adore grilled cauliflower steaks! They are such a fabulously versatile veggie. Also like to do them drizzled with a bit of pesto.

    Great blog!

  • Reply
    Jess
    September 7, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I’ve been curious to try cauliflower steaks, but grilling looks like it might be the way to go! Just voted for you guys in the Country Living Contest – good luck!

  • Reply
    Annie
    January 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    This looks so yummy! I am a huge fan of your blog! I love how all of your recipes are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and your photography is beautiful!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Thank you so much, Annie! Glad to hear from you, and thanks for the feedback on our recipes!

  • Reply
    Beth Duff
    July 27, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I seem to be the only one missing something – it never says to cook the corn so the salsa is made from raw corn?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      July 27, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Yes, it’s a salsa made with fresh corn!

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