Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

The humble cauliflower is elevated to star status in this recipe, as it becomes caramelized and slightly sweet during roasting. A topping of green olives, capers and fresh herbs adds a flavor-packed finish. Serve alongside roasted fish or meats.


  • 2 Tbs. plus 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large head cauliflower, about 2 lb. (1 kg), cut crosswise into 6 slices, each about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 1/4 oz./40 g) pitted green olives, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. capers, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar


Preheat an oven to 400°F (200°C).

In a large nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 tsp. of the olive oil. Add 2 cauliflower slices and cook, turning once, until golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a nonstick baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Working in 2 more batches, repeat with the remaining 4 tsp. olive oil and the remaining cauliflower slices.

Transfer the cauliflower to the oven and roast until tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the olives, the 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) olive oil, the lemon juice, capers, parsley, oregano and sugar. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the cauliflower to a platter, top with the olive mixture and serve. Serves 4.

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