Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks (Vegan, Low Carb)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

Get ready for a new kind of steak! These Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are beautifully roasted, tender and insanely flavourful! They’re also low carb!

Close up of za'atar roasted cauliflower steaks on a baking sheet.

This post was originally published in 2016 and has been brought forward due to the new interest in low carb recipes!

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. P.S. I have an entire roundup up of Creative Cauliflower Recipes to give a try! 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?

Slices of raw cauliflower florets on a baking sheet.

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 coconut 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!!!

Overhead shot of za'atar roasted cauliflower steaks on a baking sheet.

Needless to say I savoured every teaspoon. Since then, I came back from my trip to Israel with a giant jar of homemade za’atar that we’ve been dutifully using. You can buy za’atar pretty much anywhere now and the best varieties in your local international aisles/stores. mix. Adding za’a’tar 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.

Top down close up of za'atar roasted cauliflower on a baking sheet.
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Get ready for a new kind of steak! These Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are beautifully roasted, tender and insanely flavourful! They're also low carb! via

Za'atar roasted cauliflower steaks on a brown baking sheet.

Name: Za’tar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Get ready for a new kind of steak! These Za'atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks are beautifully roasted, tender and insanely flavourful! They're also low carb!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Dinner
Cuisine American

Za’atar 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’atar 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.
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.
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Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5.6g | Fiber: 3.8g
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. Jessica says:

    Thanks so much Erin!! Za’atar is sooo great!

  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

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