Ancho Chile Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

Cauliflower's round shape can be cut into slabs or florets for the grill. Here, it's grilled both ways after being rubbed with a blend of spicy seasonings and basted with a fresh cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 large head cauliflower

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 ½ tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • ½ teaspoon lime zest

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. Place a grill basket on the grill while it preheats.

  2. Remove the tough outer leaves of cauliflower. Trim stem to create a flat base, keeping the core intact. Stand the cauliflower upright on a cutting board. Holding the cauliflower firmly and starting from the center, use a large chef's knife to cut four 1 1/2-inch-thick slabs, creating 2 large and 2 small steaks. Reserve the loose florets.

  3. Combine garlic, 1 1/2 Tbsp. oil, chile powder, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a small bowl. Rub evenly over the cauliflower steaks and florets.

  4. Whisk lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, honey, and the remaining 2 Tbsp. oil, 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a small bowl. Spoon 2 Tbsp. of the cilantro mixture into a separate small bowl for basting; reserve the remainder for serving.

  5. Place the cauliflower steaks on the grill and the florets in the grill basket; baste the cauliflower with 1 Tbsp. of the cilantro mixture. Grill until well marked and charred in some spots, 7 to 8 minutes. Flip the steaks and florets and baste with 1 Tbsp. cilantro mixture. Grill until the other side is tender and well marked and charred in some spots, 7 to 8 minutes more.

  6. Transfer to a platter to serve. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the grilled cauliflower.


Equipment: Charcoal or gas grill; grill basket

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
13g Fat
13g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1/4 cauliflower
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Potassium 607mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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