Get ready for a new kind of steak! These Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are beautifully roasted, tender and insanely flavorful!

Get ready for a new kind of steak! These Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are beautifully roasted, tender and insanely flavorful!

Before I even go into this recipe, are you seeing those golden caramelised edges?  Can you say – perfection? That’s exactly what I thought when I pulled these out of the oven. I’ve been on a cauliflower kick for quite a while which is funny since before I became a vegetarian I had NEVER given cauliflower a second thought.   After trying it, I realised it was an amazing and versatile ingredient and have so many recipes I want to share with you. For right now though, I need to share with you just how much I enjoyed these cauliflower steaks. It was so quick, so easy and so beautifully unique. Ready to dive in with me?

Get ready for a new kind of steak! These Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are beautifully roasted, tender and insanely flavorful!

I don’t need to say much about these cauliflower steaks. They make a great main dish but also work as a side dish for smaller cauliflower heads. They would have been delicious just roasted, but the za’atar spice mix completely transformed them. Za’atar is a magical Middle Eastern herb mix made of ground sumac, roasted sesame seeds a variety of green herbs. It has a slightly lemon-y taste and taste amazing in olive oil, on greek yogurt, in hummus…and on basically anything. I got my first taste at a Lebanese lunch restaurant where I became a daily regular. I asked how they made the za’atar mix and to my surprise they gave me a free container’s worth!!!

Get ready for a new kind of steak! These Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are beautifully roasted, tender and insanely flavorful!

Needless to say I’ve been using it ever since, savouring every teaspoon. You can buy it at a speciality store and even an Indian store for Indian za’atar – you won’t regret buying it. Adding this plus searing the cauliflower before roasting is what transforms this recipe. It gives the outside a great texture that enhances everything.

Topped with the chimichurri it adds an EXPLOSION of flavour. I know, I sound uber excited, but I can’t help it. I love transforming a veggie but still keeping it’s integrity!! Does that make me a veggie geek? I think it does. So yeah, I’ll be sitting over here in my veggie geek corner, snacking on cauliflower, putting za’atar on everything. Just give me some Netflix and a blanket and I’m good for the night.

Get ready for a new kind of steak! These Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are beautifully roasted, tender and insanely flavorful!-3
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Name: Za’tar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

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Za’tar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon za’atar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Za’tar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut off the greens and the stem from the cauliflower. Hold your Cauliflower upright and cut 1-inch thick “steaks” from your cauliflower. I got about 4. You’ll have a few pieces that may fall off - you should definitely roast those too.
  • Mix the za’atar, lime juice,olive oil, sesame seeds, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Use a pastry or silicone brush each side lightly. Leave some of the mixture behind to put on it before putting in the oven.
  • Heat a pan for medium high with the 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Add the cauliflower steaks, pressing down and searing each side until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and sear the other side.
  • Transfer the cauliflower steaks to a silicone sheet or foil on a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes until the cauliflower is tender but still slightly firm.
  • Remove from the oven and sprinkle with more sesame seeds, a squeeze of lime juice and a second sprinkling of salt and za’atar. Top with chimichurri for an extra boost of flavour.


  1. his recipe is naturally gluten free and vegan
  2. HOW TO STORE CAULIFLOWER STEAKS Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight tupperware container. Reheat by placing in your oven at 350 degrees until heated through. These Cauliflower Steaks do taste best fresh. I wouldn’t try freezing these Cauliflower Steaks as it would ruin the texture.
by Jessica

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  1. It is all about those caramelised edges! This looks like a delicious way to eat cauliflower.
    I have share don twitter 🙂

  2. I love, love, love cauliflower steaks, but how the heck have I not tried za’tar yet?!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Jennifer! It is SO good! Pick some up as soon as you can! 🙂

  3. So many ways to use cauliflower, not enough time! I’d love to try cauli steaks like this. Thanks for the recipe

  4. These cauliflower steaks SCREAM perfection! I’m not even a vegetarian, but I’d take these over regular steak any day!

  5. Yes to anything za’atar, one of my favourite Middle Eastern spices. Delicious looking cauliflower steaks Jessica – I really think cauliflower is having a moment right now X

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Thalia! SO true I feel like cauliflower is definitely having a moment!!

  6. Erin says:

    I don’t know why I have yet to try Za’atar! This recipe makes me want to try it asap! Those caramelized edges look absolutely perfect!

  7. Don’t you love it when restaurants are super nice like that?! It happened to me a while ago when I asked a bakery if I could buy some fresh yeast because I couldn’t find it anywhere, and they just gave me a whole lot for free. And I have been on a huge cauliflower + middle eastern food kick lately too so this is perf.

    • Jessica says:

      Oh that’s so cool Claudia! Yes I love when they are so amazingly generous. Thank you!

  8. Catriona says:

    *drools* Oh my god, I LOVE roasting cauliflower! After making it two different ways last week, I promised the other half a break but this just sounds too good! I’ll blame you, it’ll be fine :D. Thank you for another fab recipe!

    Cat x

    • Jessica says:

      Haha you’re so welcome Catriona and thank you!! I’m glad to be blamed haha.

  9. GiGi Eats says:

    YUM! So good! Roasted cauliflower is just on a whole other level! And the Zatar = perfection!

  10. Samantha says:

    This is such a cute idea! Will have to give these beauties a try! x

  11. MPaula says:

    Have you ever used the greens of the cauliflower? I was wondering how they would work in the chimichurri. I planned to just have a salad for dinner but since a have a piece of cauliflower in the fridge, I’ll try it roasted with za’atar.

    • Jessica says:

      Hi MPaula,

      I haven’t tried it but I’m sure you can!!! You can even roast them. I hope that helps!!

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