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Smoke & Sizzle Cauliflower Steaks with Fresh Herb Sauce

Smoke & Sizzle Cauliflower Steaks with Fresh Herb Sauce

By Traeger Kitchen

Smoke some cauliflower steaks on your pellet grill than sear them on the flat top griddle for a beautifully caramelized exterior that adds a ton of toasty flavor. Serve them as a vegetarian main or a hearty side.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

55 Min




This recipe serves:


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Units of Measurement:
Cauliflower Steaks
3 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 Teaspoon kosher salt
1 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Teaspoon paprika
1 Teaspoon ground cumin
1 head cauliflower, sliced lengthwise through the core into 4 1-inch thick “steaks”
Herb Sauce
1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
1 Cup roughly chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3/4 Teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1

    Preheat a Trager pellet grill to 225°F with the lid closed; this will take at least 15 minutes. Use Super Smoke if available.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 2

    Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the 3 tablespoons olive oil, the 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, paprika, and cumin to a to combine. Use a pastry brush to brush the mixture all over the cauliflower steaks.

  • 3

    Place the cauliflower on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for 45 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet or platter when finished. (The cauliflower may be smoked ahead and seared later.)

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C


  • 4

    Meanwhile, make the herb sauce: Combine the ½ cup olive oil, parsley, basil, garlic, lemon juice, and ¾ teaspoon salt to a food processor and process until smooth. (Alternatively use a blender or hand blender.)

  • 5

    Heat 2 adjacent zones of the Traeger flat top to medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

  • 6

    Place the cauliflower steaks on the griddle and cook undisturbed until nicely browned on one side with some charred spots, 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until tender when pierced with a knife, another 4 minutes.

  • 7

    Serve the cauliflower steaks with the herb sauce. Enjoy!

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