5 Vegetable Steaks Even the Biggest Meat Lovers Will Enjoy

Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will be inspired to swap their steak for cauliflower, eggplant, or cabbage versions with these tasty recipes.

Cauliflower Steaks with Hazelnuts & Browned Butter


Cauliflower rice is nice, but cauliflower steaks should definitely be at the top of your must-try list of vegetable steaks. Just like cauliflower rice, there are all kinds of ways you can cook up and eat a cauliflower steak, including roasting, skillet cooking, and on sandwiches. So, the next time you're inspired to fire up the grill (or your oven), consider one of these vegetable steaks. To make each of these entrees a little heartier, try serving with rice, quinoa, or another healthy grain. Keep in mind that while cauliflower is loaded with fiber and other nutrients, it is not a good source of protein, as it contains only 2 grams per 1 cup serving. Steak on the other hand contains over 25 grams of protein in a 100-gram serving. Consider adding an additional protein source if you are swapping out steak for cauliflower.

Cauliflower Steaks with Hazelnuts and Browned Butter

Cauliflower Steaks with Hazelnuts & Browned Butter
Blaine Moats

You won’t need any condiments for these mouthwatering cauliflower steaks. Hazelnuts and browned butter, cooked right alongside the cauliflower in a cast-iron skillet, are the only additions this steak needs. Plus, this veggie steak will cook up even quicker than a meaty version—the entire recipe will only take you 35 minutes!

Skillet-Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Jalapeno Creamed Spinach

Skillet-Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Jalapeño Creamed Spinach

No cauliflower steak dinner is complete without an equally delicious side. Not only does this recipe put a new spin on steak by using skillet-roasted cauliflower, but it also gives creamed spinach a new twist by mixing in spicy jalapeno peppers. Finish off your plate with a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds for a little extra crunch.

Crispy Cauliflower Steak Sandwiches

Crispy Cauliflower Steak Sandwiches

Yep, that’s cauliflower poking out of this towering steak sandwich. We kept the classic ingredients, like pickled vegetables, a few slices of cheese, and a pile of fresh greens, but we made it even more veggie-ful by using cauliflower steaks for the “meat.” In fact, without the breaded cauliflower’s bright purple color, you might not even notice you aren’t eating steak.

Grilled Eggplant Steaks

Lemon Grilled Eggplant Salad

Eggplant also makes for a lean, mean veggie steak. Grilling the eggplant slices gives them gorgeous grill marks and a delicious, smoky flavor. These eggplant steaks are at their best served with ricotta cheese, couscous, and a zesty homemade dressing.

Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Roasted Cabbage and Olive Tapenade

If it’s not nice enough to grill out, you can roast your cabbage steaks, too! A few simple seasonings (think shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil) help the cabbage flavor stand out. Serve with olive tapenade on top (homemade or store-bought, it’s up to you!) to turn the tender roasted cabbage into a meal that will make everyone ask for a second helping.

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