INCREDIBLE Cashew-Crusted Cauliflower "Steak"! 10 ingredients, flavorful, crisp on the outside, tender on the inside. A delicious side or entrée with plenty of protein!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. If you have a cooling rack that is oven safe, you can place that over the parchment paper to help the cauliflower crisp up even more. However, we tested it with and without and both work. The primary difference is that the cauliflower undersides can get a little more browned when not using a cooling rack. An easy workaround is cooking the cauliflower in the upper third of the oven to prevent the bottoms from burning.
TO CUT "STEAKS," trim the stem and leaves off the cauliflower, being careful not to remove the center of the stem as it’s what holds the “steaks” together.
Flip the cauliflower stem-side down and visually map out how many “steaks” you hope to get. With a large head of cauliflower, I aim for 3 large “steaks,” and know there'll be enough remaining pieces to constitute another “steak.” It can be helpful to look at the underside of the cauliflower to see which way the stalks are running to inform which way you’ll slice (cut with the stalks instead of against them). But it’s very common for the end pieces to crumble, so just do your best to get 3 even “steaks” and slice any remaining bits into flat pieces (see photo). The little pieces are just as (if not more) delicious.
In the meantime, prepare your vegan buttermilk by adding cashew or almond milk to a shallow dish (shallow and wide enough to dip the cauliflower in) and add lemon juice. Stir and set aside.
Dip the slightly steamed cauliflower “steaks” in the almond buttermilk, ensuring both sides are adequately coated. Then set back on platter (where excess will drip off) and season both sides with a pinch of salt.
Enjoy as is or (our preferred method!) garnish serving plates with a few tablespoons of your favorite hummus (or similar sauce) and top with cauliflower “steak” and date relish (made by simply mixing chopped dates, lemon juice, and diced onion). Garnish with freshly chopped mint for a pop of color and flavor.
*To make date lemon relish, mix 3 pitted, chopped medjool dates + 2 Tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice + 1 Tbsp finely chopped onion or shallot in a small dish and stir.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with lesser amount of avocado oil and without optional ingredients.
*Inspired by the Pistachio-Crusted Cauliflower Steak at Picnik in Austin, Texas.