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Cauliflower Steaks with Za'atar

These Cauliflower Steaks with Za'atar make a fantastic side dish. The tender steaks are covered in rich flavor and crunchy flax seeds for a balanced bite that works well with grains, pasta, and more.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 steaks
Calories 261kcal


  • 2 medium heads of cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. ground flax seeds or breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt or to taste


  • First, remove the stems and leaves from the cauliflower. Slice each of the heads down the middle, then slide your knife about 1 ½ - 2 inches to the left and cut again. Do the same to the right. This leaves you with 2 steaks from each head. (The leftover cauliflower can be used in other recipes.)
  • Place the cauliflower steaks on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over them, Then sprinkle the ground flax seeds, Za'atar, salt, and onion powder on top. Tap the seasonings into place so they stick to the cauliflower.
  • Bake them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Then flip them carefully over and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Broil them for 2 minutes to get a golden brown crust on top, and serve with creamy tahini sauce (recipe below).



Creamy Tahini Sauce recipe

½ cup tahini
¼ cup water, or more for a thinner consistency
¼ cup lemon juice, from about 2 freshly squeezed lemons
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp cumin
Mix together all of the ingredients above until smooth.

Add-ins and Substitutes

  • Substitute chia seeds. If you prefer chia seeds to flax seeds, you can substitute them. They will both offer a light crunch and plenty of health benefits.
  • Add some spice. Add some heat to this dish with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, or a drizzle of your favorite hot sauce or Sriracha with the oil on these Cauliflower Steaks with Za'atar.
  • Substitute other vegetables. Cauliflower isn't the only veggie that works here. Try this recipe with steaks made from cabbage or sliced eggplant for a different taste and texture.
  • Add marinara. You might like to try this dish with a light coating of marinara sauce on the cauliflower steaks. The seasonings are really complemented by this sweet, slightly acidic sauce.

How to Store

You can store these Cauliflower Steaks with Za'atar in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat them in the oven to keep them crunchy, but you can also warm them in the microwave.


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 1016mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 140mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2mg