Cajun Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Homemade Cajun Seasoning

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 5, 2012

I’m sure the last thing you want to be thinking about is heating your oven up to 425 degrees right now, but how gorgeous does this “steak” look?  I bet you didn’t think cauliflower could be so pretty.  I certainly didn’t.  I also didn’t think it could be this delicious, but it is.

If you haven’t had roasted cauliflower before, try it!  Even if cauliflower isn’t your favorite veggie, you’ll love it roasted!  I love it with chili powder or curry powder, but I’ve recently discovered that Cajun seasoning is delicious on it too.  I thought cutting cauliflower into “steaks” would be a fun idea, but I didn’t know it would be so pretty!  But you can just do simple bite sized pieces of cauliflower this way too, I made a note in the recipe because the time to roast it will be a little less.

For my hubby and kids I tone down the spiciness when I make our own Cajun seasoning and I only add a small amount.  Not only does it save money, this way everyone can enjoy it too.  Then for myself I can always add a pinch or two of cayenne to make it spicier just for myself.

I love making my own spice blends.  What’s your favorite spice blend?  I love pumpkin pie spice, not just in pumpkin pie 🙂  Do you like making your own spice blends?

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Homemade Cajun Seasoning

  • 1/2 C paprika
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp onion powder
  • up to 1 tbsp cayenne (or more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp white pepper
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar(optional)

Combine all in a jar or container with a tight fitting lid.  Close lid tightly and shake until combined.  Label and store in a cool dry place with the rest of your herbs and spices until ready to use.

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Cajun Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks”

  • 1 large head of cauliflower cut into 3 1/2″ “steaks”, the remaining cauliflower kept for another use

Per steak:

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Prepare the cauliflower “steaks” by turning the head of cauliflower over so that the stem is facing up.  Make two parallel cuts on either side of the stem, then cut the remaining middle piece into as many “steaks” as possible(no thinner than 1/2″).  Arrange as many “steaks” as needed on a baking sheet.  The remaining cauliflower can be chopped and stored in the fridge for another meal, or it can added to the same pan as the “steaks” after they have already cooked for 10 minutes.  The “steaks” can also be stored in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge until ready to use.

Drizzle the prepared cauliflower “steaks” with 2 tsp oil for each steak, and then sprinkle with 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning and 1/8 tsp of sea salt.  Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and gently flip over.  Sprinkle the other side with the remaining 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning and 1/8 tsp of sea salt.  Return to the oven for 10 more minutes, or until golden on both sides and crispy and dark brown on the edges.  Serve immediately garnished with fresh parsley if desired.

To roast cauliflower florets instead of “steaks”, cut up into bite sized pieces, drizzle with 2-3 tbsp oil and sprinkle generously with Cajun seasoning(about 1 1/2 tbsp or more to taste and depending on the size of the cauliflower) and salt(about 1/2 tbsp or 1 1/2 tsp) and roast for 20 minutes, stirring and flipping once in the middle.

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1 Graham Onions November 22, 2020 at 04:51

This recipe is definitely out of the world

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2 Erin @ Food Doodles November 25, 2020 at 18:01

I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your feedback. 🙂

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3 Varun Sharma June 22, 2020 at 22:03

Wow! I am really excited to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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4 michelle February 22, 2013 at 20:00

I’m excited to try your splice blend on every roasted veggie!

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5 Pam @Mommacan.com August 3, 2012 at 16:43

Yummy! I am so making this when we get back from Vegas!

Pam

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6 Saree Rentals July 18, 2012 at 11:06

My sister-in-law just moved here from India… so I am trying to meet her vegetarian needs with american cooking… your blog is perfect for my needs!! Thanks for all the veg recipes!

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7 Cara July 11, 2012 at 18:40

I’m impressed – I tried to do cauliflower steaks once and my cutting job was not so pretty! I wish there was some kind of gadget for keeping cauliflower from getting all over the place while you’re cutting it- I would definitely buy that contraption 🙂

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8 em July 7, 2012 at 15:20

such a creative idea! i am definitely trying this recipe.

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9 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies July 7, 2012 at 11:57

I make roasted cauliflower 2-3 times a month. We love it! I’m going to make this next time. 🙂

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10 Joanne July 7, 2012 at 03:43

I ADORE roasted cauliflower and heating up my oven for this is definitely worth it!

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11 Ashley July 6, 2012 at 14:14

So glad I ventured over to your lovely blog! I’m a cauliflower fiend and this recipe looks perfect!

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12 Kathryn July 6, 2012 at 03:49

This is such an interesting way to cook cauliflower & I love the sound of that cajun seasoning!

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13 Emma July 6, 2012 at 03:44

I love the roasted cauliflower idea! Why have I never thought of that!

With spices it’s all about fennel seeds for me at the moment – can’t get enough of them!

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14 Frieda at Purple Oven Mitt July 5, 2012 at 18:34

Very Clever Indeed!

We are newly converted healthier eaters enduring week 2 of Shaun T’s Insanity. I will be making your cauliflower steaks.

Thanks!

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15 Cheap Dinner Ideas July 5, 2012 at 17:41

Wow, those pictures are absolutely tantalizing! This is a great alternative to red meat, and can be a pretty darn good cheap dinner idea as well. I’m a huge fan of cajun spice and cauliflower, so I’ll definitely have to try this out. Great job, I’ll be sharing this with my family!

-Jeepers

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16 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama July 5, 2012 at 16:26

I don’t make my own spice blends often, but I know I should. I love the cauliflower steak idea–what a fun spin on roasted cauliflower.

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17 Josh K July 5, 2012 at 16:05

I just ran across your blog while looking for something completely different, but I found this recipe instead and found it very interesting.. then I clicked on your About page and WOW. My wife and I are completely on the same page as you — we’re lucky to have a few very good year-round farmer’s markets in our area that have a lot of ethical vendors and love to make our own meals using whole ingredients.

I’ll be sharing your site with a few people. Here’s to real food!

P.S. I love making my own spice mixes. I make my own fajita seasoning. The kids love it.

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