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Loaded Grilled Cauliflower

Grilled Cauliflower
Grilled CauliflowerNathan Congleton / TODAY
Cook Time:
20 mins
Prep Time:
15 mins

Chef notes

Who needs beef when you have cauliflower steaks? This loaded grilled cauliflower will make you actually crave vegetables.


  • 2 large heads cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Ranch dressing, for drizzling
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives



Remove and discard the leaves from each cauliflower head, then trim the stem so that the cauliflower can lay flat on cutting board. Leave the core intact!


Cut each cauliflower into thick "steaks" about 3/4-inch thick. Reserve any loose florets to cook with the steaks. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic powder and paprika. Season mixture with salt and pepper.


Preheat a grill or a grill pan to medium heat. Brush one side of each steak with the olive oil mixture and place the brushed side down on a grill. Brush the top sides with the olive oil mixture and cook until tender and charred in spots, about 8 minutes per side. Top each cauliflower with cheese and cook until melted.


Toss extra florets in the olive oil mixture and grill, turning often, until charred and tender, about 6 minutes.


Drizzle cauliflower with ranch then sprinkle cooked bacon and chives on top and serve.