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Cauliflower Steaks with Spiced Corn

Cauliflower Steaks with Spiced Corn

Put these on the menu for “Meatless Monday.” Use the remainder of the cauliflower for another meal.


  • 2 large heads of cauliflower, stems lightly trimmed
  • 2 ears of sweet corn, husked
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 fresh red chile, seeded and minced
  • 4 scallions, white and green parts sliced
  • 1 tablespoon drained capers
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut three 3/4-inch-thick center slices from each head of cauliflower to form “steaks.” Reserve the remaining cauliflower for another use.

Step 2

In a saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the corn until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and cool, then cut the kernels from the cobs.

Step 3

In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the chile and cook over moderately high heat for 30 seconds. Add the scallions and cook until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in the corn and capers and season with salt and black pepper.

Step 4

In a large, nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add 3 cauliflower steaks and season with salt. Cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side; transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and 3 cauliflower steaks.

Step 5

Press the corn-scallion mixture into the spaces between the cauliflower florets. Bake the cauliflower steaks for 25 minutes, or until tender and richly browned. Drizzle with additional olive oil before

Serves 6 — Recipe from Food and Wine, November 2010