Cauliflower Steak Recipe

Love in the time of Cauliflower! This cauliflower steak meal is playing a leading role in vegetable-led dishes because of its versatility and “meatiness” especially when treated as a steak.  Your vegetarian and vegan friends will love this one. The coconut coriander relish is addictive. In fact, it strikes me that this is a great dish for dining alone. 


4 T olive oil

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp crushed garlic (or garlic flakes)

½ tsp salt

½ tsp white pepper

½ tsp vegetable stock powder

1 tsp sugar

2 – 3 tsp Banhoek Chili Oil (to finish)

2 cauliflowers, cut into 1 ½ to 2 cm thick “steaks”

6 T yoghurt


Coconut and Coriander Relish

50g fresh coriander leaves (I like the stalks for this as well) 

2 tsp toasted cumin seed

2T coconut cream

3T fresh coconut flakes or 3 T dessicated coconut

½ green chili

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

Grated zest and juice of 2 limes (or 2T lime juice)

A pinch of salt 

2 tsp castor sugar

Blitz all together in a food processor to a rough purée and taste.  Chill til ready to serve.  



Make a spiced oil by mixing all the ingredients together except the cauliflower.  Place the steaks on a baking paper line baking tray, taking care to keep them together.  Brush generously with the spiced oil and roast in the oven at 200°C for 15 – 20 minutes. You may need to turn the steak over to give it colour on the other side too. 

While the cauliflower steaks are roasting, blitz all the coconut relish ingredients together in a food processor.  Make a rough purée, and taste.

To serve, spread the yoghurt on a warmed serving platter and lay the steaks out on the yoghurt.  Spread big dollops of the coconut and coriander relish over the cauliflower. Finally, sprinkle with the Banhoek Chilli Oil.


Karen Dudley (born 1968) is a South African cheffood writer and restaurateur best known for her restaurant, The Kitchen in WoodstockCape Town, which was visited by former First Lady Michelle Obama in June 2011.

Karen has appeared on CNN and TEDx and has been interviewed by New York Times and The Guardian. She has been a guest judge on the reality cooking show My Kitchen Rules South Africa and is often interviewed on national TV.

If you’re as excited about this cauliflower steak recipe as us you’ll need to get stocked up for you to give it a try at home.


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