Cheesy Cauliflower Steak with Pine Nuts

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This roasted cauliflower steak recipe is topped with a mixture of taleggio and cheddar cheese then baked until melty and delicious. These cauliflower steaks make the perfect vegetarian main.

There is no better way to make cauliflower irresistible.

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I am obsessed with this recipe. It’s kind of like a fancied up cauliflower cheese inspired by the cauliflower steak trend which turns this pretty boring vegetable into a dinner party main course.

I’ve resisted trying this fake steak idea for as long as possible because the whole idea of pretending vegetables are meat kind of bugs me. Of course when I eventually try it the only way it’s happening is topped with plenty of cheese.

These cauliflower steaks are first roasted on their own then topped with a combination of cheeses and creme fraiche and baked again until the cheese is super melty and browned.

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Why we love this cauliflower steak recipe…

This recipe is so easy to make and most of the cook time is hand off which means you can get on with something else while you’re waiting to eat.

It’s also filling enough to be a main course but would also work well as part of a bigger spread and even as part of your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners!

You can make this recipe your own by using different cheeses, there are so many different options.

It’s also vegetarian and a great low carb recipe.

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Overhead shot of a cheesy cauliflower steak with thyme sprigs

Cheesy Cauliflower Steaks Ingredients

Cauliflower: Sliced into thick steaks

Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper: This is all you need to start roasting your steaks

Taleggio and Cheddar Cheese: These are the two cheeses I went with to get that amazing meltiness and great flavour but you can cheese another cheese if you prefer

Creme Fraiche: This is added to the cauliflower to get extra gooey and tasty

Pine Nuts: Sprinkled over the cauliflower to serve

Thyme Sprigs: For garnish

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How to make cheesy roasted cauliflower steaks

Cut the cauliflower: Remove the leaves from the cauliflower then slice into thick steaks. Drizzle with olive oil on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes.

Add the cheese: Top with the taleggio followed by the creme fraiche then finish with the cheddar and return to the oven until the cheese is melty and browned.

Serve: Sprinkle with pine nuts and thyme sprigs to serve.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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How to cut cauliflower steak

Remove the leaves from the cauliflower and slice off the bottom of the stalk so that the cauliflower can sit flat on the surface but still keeping the cauliflower together. Place upright on a chopping board and use a sharp knife to cut 3-4cm thick steaks and carefully place on a baking sheet.

Want more? Try these other cauliflower recipes!

Cheesy cauliflower steak with cloth and gold fork

Cheesy Cauliflower Steak with Pine Nuts

This roasted cauliflower steak recipe is topped with a mixture of taleggio and cheddar cheese then baked until melty and delicious. These cauliflower steaks make the perfect vegetarian main.
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 1 Cauliflower
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 125 g Taleggio Cheese sliced
  • 4 tbsp Crème Fraiche
  • 75 g Cheddar grated
  • 3 tbsp Pine Nuts
  • 6 Thyme Sprigs to serve


  • Heat the oven to 220°C/425°F. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower then slice into steaks. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Turn the slices over then top with the taleggio, crème fraiche then top with the cheddar and place back in the over for another 8 minutes.
  • Serve sprinkled with pine nuts and thyme sprigs.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Cauliflower Steak with Pine Nuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 538mg22%
Potassium 519mg15%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 943IU19%
Vitamin C 72mg87%
Calcium 355mg36%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    21/11/2019 at 1:24 PM

    5 stars
    Okay… this was absolutely delicious! It was so easy to make and had the best flavor. Will make again and again!

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    21/11/2019 at 1:29 PM

    5 stars
    This is such a delicious version of cauliflower cheese. I love the addition of pine nuts and taleggio is a popular cheese here in Northern Italy! I use it a lot!

  • Reply
    21/11/2019 at 1:47 PM

    5 stars
    oh my this was divine and was great appreciated by my brother who is on the Keto diet atm!

  • Reply
    21/11/2019 at 1:53 PM

    5 stars
    I love cheese and cauliflower together. It’s total comfort food.

  • Reply
    Helen @
    21/11/2019 at 2:15 PM

    5 stars
    These look amazing! I love cauliflower, and all that gooey cheese…. yum!

  • Reply
    21/11/2019 at 3:00 PM

    I have always wanted to try my hand at making cauliflower steaks. I know this is a meal my daughter and I would love. Gonna give your recipe a try! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    Kevin Khan
    24/03/2020 at 7:37 AM

    5 stars
    Ohmyyy cheese! I made cauliflower steak last night using recipes from feastbox but I forgot to put cheese.. I’ll make it again tonight but with loads of cheese! Yumm!

  • Reply
    21/04/2020 at 10:12 PM

    How many servings are here totally? Thank you

    • Reply
      25/04/2020 at 11:49 AM

      Hi Tina, there’s two large servings here!

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