This delicious recipe for Cauliflower Steaks with Miso & Sesame Dressing was first posted back on 2 March 2015! It's still a great recipe all these years later, however I've updated it to little to have the option to make it more like the classic aubergine Miso Dengaku, just made with cauliflower instead!
So now you have two equally delicious options.
- Roast the cauliflower & use the original posts miso & sesame dressing to drizzle over at the end. This would be the perfect option as a make ahead & eat for a picnic. (original slightly dodgy photo below!)
2.Roast the cauliflower & use the more classic 'Dengaku' miso sauce as a glaze, which gets returned to the oven for a final blast of heat before serving. This would be delicious as a warm dish to serve as part of a larger feast!
Both Cauliflower with Miso options are equally delicious, so you can try both..!
From my original post:
The humble Cauliflower has been having a 'thing' recently, and I'm not ashamed to say that I have jumped on the bandwagon with it. Whilst I'm yet to replace my pasta or rice with the 'cauliflower' version, I'm a fully paid up member of the 'bake it in the oven' brigade. Because, as I have discovered, a brassic oven baked, is a most delicious thing and can be entirely devoured in one sitting.
Brassicas, the family of vegetables that we onced loved to hate. Cabbages, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts to name just a few..... and cauliflower. Pretty, white & bland cauliflower.
Cauliflower used to be much maligned as a boring, watery vegetable, mostly because the cauli we grew up with was boiled to death and then smothered in lumpy cheese sauce or served as a pathetic grey mush as part of a roast dinner. ewwwwww. I remember eating cauliflower raw as a child and wondering why, if it was so nice raw, that we had to eat it mushily cooked.
Fortunately, times have changed. The powers of t'interwebs, especially Pinterest have allowed us to share great ideas (and some not so inspired ideas) such as, that oven baking cauliflower with some herbs & spices and oil until it turns golden and a bit crispy is FREEEKING DELICIOUS !!!!
I've done a post before on oven baked cauli.. you can find it here..
But this time, I had a huge craving for Japanese food.. specifically Aubergine with Miso, which is one of my favourite Japanese dishes, but A) It's not aubergine season and B) I really needed to use up a cauliflower I'd bought. So, as we all know, necessity is the mother of invention. Or, in my case, greed and guilt. I can't and won't waste food. But I WANTED that miso dressing. So, this delicious miso dressing with sesame came about. And it was delicious.
Whichever way you choose to make Cauliflower Steaks with Miso & Sesame Dressing, it's so easy and delicious, I'm sure you'll make it again and again!
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Miso Dressing
- 1 small Cauliflower
- Olive oil (or other oil- like coconut or rapeseed)
- A smidge of salt & pepper
For the Dressing Option 1
- 1 Tsp white miso
- 1 Tsp Mirin or white wine
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp sugar - I like organic unprocessed brown sugar
- 2 Tbs lemon juice- approx half a lemon
- Toasted sesame seeds to serve
For the Dressing Option 2
- 3 tbsp white miso
- 3 tbsp mirin
- 3 tbsp water
- 2 tbsp sugar
- Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 7 / 220C
- Slice the cauliflower into ½" / 2.5cm slices
- Lay the slices onto an oven pan. There will be bits left that aren't cauliflower steak shape- chuck them in too. You will want them! Slick them all with the oil and some salt & pepper.
- Lay all the cauli pieces on an oven proof tray & pop them in the oven.
- Turn them over after about 10- 12 mins- you want them to have a nice bit of browney- blacky crisp on them, this is what makes them yummy and delicious.
For the First Dressing option
- Whilst you're cooking the cauliflower, whisk together the dressing ingredients until smooth.
- Serve the Cauli drizzled with the dressing and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.
For the 2nd Dressing option:
- In a small pan, whisk together all the ingredients & simmer on a low heat until combined.
- Once the cauliflower steaks are nearly ready, drizzle the miso sauce over them, and return to the oven for 5 minutes or so, so it caramelises and bubbles.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chives or spring onions to serve.
oh! you're so welcome!'