Crispy Cauliflower Steaks with Avocado Pea Pesto Pasta

Crispy Cauliflower Steaks with Avocado Pea Pesto Pasta served in a bowl.

Crispy Cauliflower Steaks with Avocado Pea Pesto Pasta!

Crispy Cauliflower Steaks with Avocado Pea Pesto Pasta served in a bowl.

Crispy Cauliflower Steaks with Avocado Pea Pesto Pasta

This cauliflower steak with avocado pea pesto is creamy, crispy and nutrient packed!
4.73 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian-Inspired
Keyword: Avocado Pea Pesto, Crispy Cauliflower Steaks, Vegan Cauliflower Steaks
Calories: 502kcal
Author: Nisha
Servings: 3


  • kitchen tongs
  • non-stick skillet
  • baking sheet



  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 avocado very ripe
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup green peas defrosted
  • 1/3 cup vegan parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup water + 2 tbsp
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste




  • Pesto: blend on high: garlic, avocado, fresh lemon juice, pinenuts, basil leaves, defrosted green peas, vegan parmesan, water, salt and black pepper.


  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Remove outer leaves from 1 large cauliflower. Trim stem, leaving cauliflower intact.
  • Slice cauliflower head through middle.
  • Slice 3/4 -inch steaks through one half. Repeat for other side. You should get 3 to 4 steaks.
  • Rub both sides and tops of steaks with generous sprinkle of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. Set aside.
  • In medium bowl: mix 3/4 cups flour, 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon fine grind black pepper, 3/4 tsp salt (or to taste). Transfer to a small rimmed baking sheet/dish.
  • Add non-dairy milk to small rimmed dish.
  • Dip both sides cauliflower steaks into milk. Use spoon to get into cracks and tops.
  • Dip into flour mixture until fully coated on both sides, using a spoon to place flour into cracks. Shake to remove excess.
  • Pan-sear the cauliflower steaks. Heat oil (about 1/4-inch high) in non-stick skillet and cook 3 minutes each side. Use tongs to sear tops.
  • Place steaks onto a large non-stick baking sheet (no parchment paper). Transfer the steaks to the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and flip. Brush both sides of steaks with some of the remaining milk as needed, until no white floured parts remain.
  • Roast for about 10 to 15 minutes more, until cauliflower is fork tender. (Brush with more milk as needed.)
  • Broil steaks for 2 to 3 minutes (if desired) until very browned and crispy.


Calories do not include pasta.


Nutrition Facts
Crispy Cauliflower Steaks with Avocado Pea Pesto Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 502 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Potassium 1432mg41%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 15g63%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 1562IU31%
Vitamin C 166mg201%
Calcium 196mg20%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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