Cauliflower Steaks Piccata Is Perfect for Meatless Mondays


This cauliflower steak piccata recipe swaps out chicken for thick, center-cut slices of cauliflower while staying true to the flavors of the rich, lemony sauce. To serve this recipe as a side dish, cut the braised cauliflower into large wedges or florets and serve in a bowl topped with the sauce and parsley.

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
cauliflower piccata ingredients

Ali Redmond


  • 2 small heads cauliflower (1 1/2-2 pounds each)

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper plus more to taste

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil plus 1 teaspoon, divided

  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, divided

  • 1 small shallot, minced

  • 1/4 cup dry white wine

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons rinsed nonpareil capers

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Trim leaves from cauliflower heads. Leaving the cores intact, cut down through the core to get 2 (1-inch-thick) “steaks” from each head (reserve the remaining cauliflower for another use). Sprinkle the steaks with pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Lightly dust the cut sides with 1 tablespoon flour.

    cauliflower being sliced

    Ali Redmond

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil and add 2 cauliflower steaks. Cook, flipping once, until nicely browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch  baking dish. Repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and the remaining 2 steaks. Pour 2 cups broth into the baking dish; cover tightly with foil. Bake, flipping the steaks once, until the core of the cauliflower is tender, about 45 minutes.

    cauliflower piccata in baking dish

    Ali Redmond

  4. About 10 minutes before the cauliflower is done, add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and shallot to the skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the shallot is lightly browned and tender, about 1 minute. Add wine; cook, scraping up the browned bits, until the wine has almost completely evaporated, about 1 minute. Whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon flour and 1 cup broth together in a measuring cup or small bowl. Add to the skillet; cook, stirring, until thickened and reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, capers and the remaining ⅛ teaspoon salt; simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and swirl in butter. Season with more pepper, if desired. Cover and keep warm.

    cauliflower piccata sauce being stirred

    Ali Redmond

  5. Transfer the cauliflower to a platter (discard the remaining broth). Spoon the sauce over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

    cauliflower piccata on platter

    Ali Redmond, April 2024

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
11g Fat
17g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cauliflower steak & 3 Tbsp. sauce
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Vitamin A 307µg
Vitamin C 70mg 78%
Vitamin D 0µg
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 90µg
Vitamin K 32µg
Sodium 376mg 16%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 34mg 8%
Potassium 568mg 12%
Zinc 1mg 5%
Vitamin B12 0µg
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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