Cauliflower Steaks with Curried Coconut Puree

October 15, 2015Katie

This recipe is simple.  And it’s also healthy but it bursts with flavor!

You use every bit of a head of cauliflower when you cook it. Check it out!

First off, take your head of cauliflower and cut just a slice off of the end of the stem, as it usually is a bit grungy looking. But leave the rest of the stem in-tact.  Using a small paring knife, slice off and remove the leaves from the stem.
Cut cauliflower stem

Then, flip the head of the cauliflower over and slice down through the entire thing, starting at about 1/4 inch off the center to the right.

Cut cauliflower steaks
Cut right down through the stem.
Cauliflower steak cut
Now take one of the halves of the cauliflower and cut through it again making about a ½ inch slice.
Cut cauliflower steaks

The slice of the cauliflower will look like a tree when laid flat.
Cauliflower steaks 2
You can probably easily get 3 good slices this way. If your cauliflower head is giant, you can even get four steaks out of it.

Hold onto those extra florets that fall off the sides because we’re going to use those.

Now drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil into an oven proof skillet. Using a large spatula, gently ease your cauliflower steaks into the pan. Bring it up to medium-high heat.  Sprinkle the tops of them with salt and pepper.
Pan roast cauliflower steaks

Cook them for about five minutes then gently lift up one with the spatula to see if it’s browning.  If it is, again gently flip it over and brown the second side (of each) for another five minutes or so. Don’t forget to salt and pepper the other side.
Pan roast cauliflower steaks

Then take the pan and stick it into a 350º oven and bake them for an additional 15 minutes to get good and tender, which will give you just the right amount of time to make the puree.
Pan roast cauliflower steaks

Remember your reserved cauliflower flowerets?

Put those into a small saucepan of water and bring it to a boil.  Pop a lid on the pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Drain off the water and add in ½ cup of light coconut milk and ½-1 (depending on how strong you want your curry flavor) teaspoon of curry powder, ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper.  Put this in a blender or food processor.
Whir it up until it’s super smooth and pureed and creamy.
Blend cauliflower puree
To serve, pour a third or a fourth of the puree, (depending on how you cut your cauliflower) onto a large plate or bowl.
Smooth it out with the back of a large spoon.
And lay one beautiful cauliflower steak right on top of it.
Sprinkle it with cilantro.
Cauliflower steak photo

Isn’t it pretty?
Cauliflower steak picture

With each luscious bite of roasted cauliflower steak, make sure you scoop up a creamy bite as well of the curry sauce.

It’s so delicious.

Best wishes,




Cauliflower Steaks with Curried Coconut Puree
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Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 3
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1 T. Olive oil
  • 1½ c. Water
  • ½ c. Light coconut milk
  • ½-1 t. Curry powder
  • ½ t. Salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • More salt and pepper for sprinkling steaks while cooking
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Trim leaves and a slice off the end of the stem of the cauliflower head and discard.
  3. Starting with the cauliflower flower side up, slice (1/4 inch off the center line) through the head all the way through to the stem.
  4. Make another cut moving your knife ½ inch over to make a slice that is ½ inch thick. Continue cutting steaks until you have three or four, depending on how large the cauliflower is.
  5. Over medium high heat, heat olive oil in large oven-safe skillet and gently, using large spatula, lay the steaks flat in the pan.
  6. Cook 3-5 minutes in each side until cauliflower is turning golden brown.
  7. Place skillet in oven and cook 10-15 minutes more until cauliflower is tender.
  8. Bring water to boil in medium saucepan until boiling.
  9. Add reserved cauliflower flowerets and reduce heat to good simmer. Put lid on saucepan and cook 10 minutes.
  10. Drain water.
  11. In blender or food processor, add flowerets, coconut milk, curry powder and salt and pepper. Purée until very smooth.
  12. Spread evenly on three or four plates with back of large spoon.
  13. Top each plate with a cauliflower steak.
  14. Sprinkle cilantro over each.

Curried Cauliflower Steaks with Curried Coconut Puree

Try these other fantastic cauliflower recipes from bloggers participating in the Food Network Fall Fest!

Feed Me Phoebe: Paleo Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Pumpkin Seed Scallion Pesto
The Heritage Cook: Easy Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Sriracha Butter (Gluten-Free)
Dishin & Dishes: Cauliflower Steaks with Curried Coconut Puree
Homemade Delish: Cauliflower Au Gratin
Healthy Eats: 6 Classic Comfort Foods with a Cauliflower Twist
Creative Culinary: Roasted Cauliflower with a Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese Frosting
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Six Recipes To Make You Fall In Love With Cauliflower
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Cauliflower Patties
Taste with the Eyes: Grilled Eggplant Pizza with Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust
FN Dish: 6 Ways Cauliflower Can Stand In for Other Favorite Foods


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