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Garlic Butter Cauliflower Steaks + Balsamic Veggies

Garlic Butter Cauliflower Steaks + Balsamic Veggies

There are so many non-dairy butters on the market right now. So, about a month ago I decided to snag some of the new Country Crock Plant Butter Sticks to give them a try. They come in 3 varieties: Avocado Oil, Olive Oil + Almond Oil. I chose the avocado oil and it is SO good. Earth Balance Buttery Sticks will still be what I use to bake and make buttercream with, but for cooking and spreading on toast I think I will make the switch to Country Crock Plant Butter.

brushing garlic butter onto cauliflower steaks

In fact, I like it so much that I wanted to make a recipe that features it. So, I made this sheet pan meal for you: Garlic Butter Cauliflower Steaks + Balsamic Veggies.

cauliflower steaks with Gremolata

I’m a big cauliflower fan. Especially roasted. I intended to make this recipe as a whole roasted cauliflower, but I had a hard time getting enough favor into the center of the cauli, so I settled on cauliflower steaks and it was an instant winner.

How to Make Cauliflower Steaks

To make cauliflower steaks, wash and pat the cauliflower dry, then trim the leaves off. If the stem/core protrudes, trim it so it is flush with the bottom of the cauliflower. Do not remove the core. Then slice the cauliflower in half through the center of the core. The take each half and slice parallel to the core to make about a 1″ cauliflower steak. The side will fall off and break into pieces but the core will hold the steak together. You will only be able to get 2 steaks from 1 cauliflower.

cauliflower steak

Use the remaining cauliflower in your next stir fry or make a batch of my extra crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings or Buffalo Cauliflower Mac! Or if you really wanted to you could make this recipe with cauliflower florets, I just love the way cauliflower steaks look.

Plated cauliflower steak

What is Gremolata?

Gremolata is an Italian condiment made of parsley, lemon zest and fresh garlic. Everything is chopped finely chopped and sprinkled over finished dishes. Be sure to sprinkle the Gremolata on when everything is hot because this will release the flavor. I added capers to this Gremolata which isn’t traditional, but I wanted some brininess! The Gremolata adds a big hit of flavor and brightness to this roast + buttery dish. If you don’t want to make the Gremolata, finish the dish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley + a squeeze of lemon.

finished Gremolata

If you have Gremolata left over, its great on any roasted veggie + its incredible on avocado toast! Without further ado, here is your deceptively easy, but fancy AF looking sheet pan meal: Garlic Butter Cauliflower Steaks + Balsamic Veggies

Garlic Butter Cauliflower Steaks + Balsamic Veggies

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings


  • 2 Cauliflower Steaks- See above for how to cut!
  • 4 Tbsp Non Dairy Butter, Divided I used Country Crock Plant Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder, Divided
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder, Divided
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, divided
  • Black Pepper
  • 4 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut into about 1 inch cubes 4 Cups
  • 3 Cups Halved Brussles Sprouts
  • 3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

For the Gremolata

  • Zest 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 small Clove of garlic
  • 1 Cup Parsley Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp Capers


  • Preheat oven to 425* F
  • Lay cauliflower steaks and veggies onto a sheet pan. Sprinkle the potatoes and brussles with 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp salt, freshly ground black pepper and drizzle 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar over them.
  • In a small bowl, melt 4 tablespoons of non dairy butter. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon of the melted butter over the brussles sprouts and potatoes. Toss them with your hand to coat the potatoes and brussles sprouts evenly.
  • Into the remaining 3 Tablespoons of butter, add lemon juice, the remaining 1/2 tsp of garlic and onion powder, the remaining 1/4 tsp salt and some freshy ground black pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Using a brush, coat the cauliflower steaks, top and bottom with all of the garlic butter mixture. Roast on the middle rack of a 425* oven for 50-60 minutes or until everything is brown and tender, stopping after 30 minutes to flip the steaks and stir the potatoes and brussles.
  • While the cauliflower and veggies are in the oven, make the gremolata. Finely chop the lemon zest, parsley, garlic and capers together and set aside.
  • When the cauliflower and veggies are done, remove from the oven, plate and immediately sprinkle with gremolata. Serve.
Keyword Main Dish, One Pan Dinner, one pan meal, Sheet Pan Meals

Let me know how you liked this recipe and if there is anything you’d like to see me make next!

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