Vegetarians, these steak recipes were made just for you! The next time you’re inspired to fire up the grill (or your oven), include one of these vegetable steaks. Even the meat-lovers in your life will be inspired to swap their normal steak for a cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, or cabbage version. To make each of these entrees a little heartier, try serving with rice, quinoa, or another healthy grain.
Cauliflower rice is nice, but cauliflower steaks should definitely be at the top of your must-try list of veggie 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 adding to sandwiches.
Cauliflower Steaks with Hazelnuts & Browned Butter
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
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, 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.
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
If you like to keep it plain and let the veggies shine, this cauliflower steak recipe is for you. To roast the steaks, just brush them with a simple mix of olive oil and crushed red pepper. The excitement comes from the mix of zucchini, grape tomatoes, and red onion served on the side. This veggie-on-veggie recipe will make anyone craving garden-fresh food happy.
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 actually eating steak.
Roasted Broccoli Steaks
Just like its cousin cauliflower, broccoli is a great choice for roasting as a healthy veggie steak. To really let the broccoli shine, just season with olive oil and salt before roasting, then finish it off with a garlicky orange zest dressing. To make this meal a little heartier, serve with orzo or rice.
Grilled Eggplant Steaks
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.
Grilled Cabbage Steaks
As long as your grill is fired up anyway, why not toss a couple of red cabbage steaks on there too? Giant slices of red cabbage grill up beautifully, and they taste even better than they look with a few spoonfuls of homemade chimichurri sauce. The smoky, fresh flavor from these veggie steaks will prove to you once and for all that red cabbage was always meant for much more than salads.
Roasted Cabbage Steaks
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.