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Grilled Spicy Cauliflower Steaks Recipe

grilled cauliflower steaks on a plate with red pepper slices
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Dense, crisp cauliflower loves growing in the cool weather, making autumn the perfect time to enjoy this veggie. While there are a multitude of ways to prepare, we love chopping a full head into hearty ‘steaks’ and basting with sauce while slow-grilling. This particular combo of flavors is a study in opposites attracting, with spicy and sweet, savory and sour combining for one tantalizing tang.

    5 min - 10 min
    30 min
    40 min


  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, grated
  • 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. paprika


  1. Prepare grill for medium indirect heat.
  2. Prepare cauliflower by removing large leaves and trimming stem to form a flat base. Then holding cauliflower stem down, cut into 4 1-inch thick ‘steaks.’
  3. Combine olive oil, chiles, garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt and paprika in a mixing bowl.
  4. Bush one side of each cauliflower steak with a generous amount of sauce, place sauce-side down on the direct heat area, then brush the other side as well.
  5. Grill 5 minutes, flip over and brush cooked side with more sauce, allowing uncooked side to grill for 5 minutes.
  6. Flip each steak onto the indirect heat area, brushing again with more sauce. Close cover and grill indirectly for an additional 15-20 minutes until steaks become soft.
  7. Remove carefully and serve immediately.