Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks

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These flavor-packed Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks are easy to make and are the ultimate vegetarian entree or side dish recipe!

Forkful of za'atar crusted cauliflower steaks.

If you buy your cauliflower at the right time, you’ll find that they can get HUGE! If you’ve never tried making cauliflower steaks at home, I think you should start. Now. And since we all know I always have za’atar on hand, I couldn’t resist giving these beauties a Lebanese spin. So I give to you, Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks, a vegan and vegetarian dish that anyone will love.


  • Cauliflower: A firm vegetable with sweet and nutty flavor, its high in fiber and B vitamins.
  • Za’atar: Made with thyme, sumac, sesame seeds, and other spices, za’atar is my favorite all purpose spice.
  • Olive oil: Heart healthy oil that helps to coat the cauliflower steaks and adhere the spices.
  • Salt & pepper: Balances out and enhances the natural flavors.

How to Make Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks

Liz cutting cauliflower

Prepare to make your Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks by cutting your cauliflower into thick slices, about 3/4 of an inch to an inch thick.

Laying cauliflower steaks onto baking sheet

Then lay them out on a prepared baking sheet.

Drizzling olive oil on cauliflower

Next, drizzle the cauliflower steaks with olive oil, flipping to get both sides.

Adding zaatar to cauliflower

And give a healthy sprinkle of za’atar over the whole thing, also getting both sides.

Grinding pepper onto cauliflower

Finish with some salt & pepper before tossing them in the oven at 425 for about 20-25 minutes.

Za'atar crusted cauliflower steaks.

Once crispy and browned, remove from the oven and enjoy your Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the best way to cut cauliflower steaks?

I like to start by cutting the bottom of the cauliflower so it sits evenly on the counter or cutting board, then I cut it into thick slices, about 3/4 of an inch thick so that they don’t fall apart.

Why is cauliflower steak called steak?

Other than that they mimic the shape and size of a steak, it’s also a great “steak” alternative for someone who is vegetarian or vegan.

What goes with roasted cauliflower steaks?

If I’m using it as a main dish, I like to pair it with a Syrian Salad, or if I’m eating it as a side dish, I’ll pair it with Greek Style Baked Chicken Breasts.

Za'atar crusted cauliflower steaks

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Liz eating za'atar crusted cauliflower steaks.

Delicious as a side dish but meaty enough for a vegetarian main dish, these Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks are going to be a huge family favorite.

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zaatar crusted cauliflower steaks

Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks

4.91 stars average
These flavor-packed Za'atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks are easy to make and are the ultimate vegetarian entree or side dish recipe!
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lay cauliflower steaks in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  • Drizzle cauliflower with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle evenly with za’atar, salt and pepper.
  • Roast until crispy, about 20-25 minutes.

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Calories: 103kcalCarbohydrates: 7.8gProtein: 3.1gFat: 7.1gSaturated Fat: 0.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 638mgFiber: 3.1gSugar: 3.1g
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10 responses to “Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks”

  1. Lisa King Avatar
    Lisa King

    I can’t wait to try this. What is the fresh green leafy herb that’s sprinkled on top? Parsley, mint, cilantro? Do you put it on after baking?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes I love to sprinkle fresh herbs after baking. This is parsley!

  2. Mary Avatar

    Sounds so yummy, do you put zaatar on both sides?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes!! The more the better. :)

  3. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It Avatar
    Marina @ A Dancer’s Live-It

    Ahhh I just had some cauliflower tonight! This will be my next recipe with it! Definitely need that za’atar in my life too.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!!

  4. Michelle Lahey Avatar
    Michelle Lahey

    I always forget about cauliflower steaks for some reason! These would make a great weeknight meal.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so good and easy!

  5. Jennifer Farley Avatar
    Jennifer Farley

    Cauliflower season is my favorite! These sound wonderful, and I love your suggestion for dipping them in tahini sauce. What a combo!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      The tahini is BOMB!!!