Summer Grilling Series. Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Steaks.
Are you excited for grilling season? Personally, vegetables get me the most excited for grilling — not hamburgers or steak. Vegetables get so glamorous with a good set of grill marks, a little char around the edges, and that outdoorsy smoky flavor. These cauliflower “steaks” demonstrate that more than almost anything else I’ve grilled; their tongue-in-cheek name is a good indicator of how satisfying a centerpiece they make on any table, vegetarian or not. They’re smoky and spicy, with a squirt of lime and flurry of cilantro.
2 large heads cauliflower
1/4 cup olive oil
2 limes, zested and juiced
2 cloves garlic, finely grated
1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon chipotle powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
Lime wedges, to serve
1. Remove the leaves on each cauliflower head and trim the stem end until you can set the cauliflower flat on the cutting board. Use a large, sharp knife to trim off the sides, then cut the cauliflower into 3 to 4 thick "steaks." Reserve the florets that fall away for another recipe (see Recipe Notes).
2. Whisk the olive oil with the lime juice in a small bowl. Whisk in the grated garlic and honey or agave syrup. In a separate bowl, mix the lime zest, paprika, chipotle, and salt.
Heat a gas or charcoal grill to medium. Brush one side of each cauliflower steak with the olive oil mixture and sprinkle generously with the chipotle powder mixture. Place the seasoned side down on the hot grill. Brush the tops with the olive oil mixture and season with the chipotle mix.
3. Cover the grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the lid and carefully flip the cauliflower. Cook covered for an additional 5 minutes or until done to your desired texture.
Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve immediately with lime wedges on the side.
Cooking time: Final cooking time will depend on how thick you cut the steaks, and on your particular grill. I cooked mine at high heat until well grilled on the outside, but still a little snappy inside.
Cauliflower bits: Here's a fun tip from one of our readers: Toss the cauliflower bits too small to fit on the grill grates with olive oil and some extra chipotle mix, then grill in a perforated grill pan made for grilling vegetables. The grilled cauliflower bits can be served as a side dish or tossed in salad.