If you haven’t started making Grilled Cauliflower yet, it is time to run to your grills and get going. This simple side dish cooks in just 10 minutes and is the perfect summer dish. You can also make these cauliflower steaks on the grill for or try some grilled broccoli.
More importantly, making cauliflower on the grill instead of inside, is a huge time saver. To be honest, I am lazy when it comes to mealtime. The last thing I want to do is cook my protein on the grill, veggies in the oven, and a grain on the stove. It is just too many things to keep track of and too many things to clean. That means all summer long you better believe we are eating grilled veggies and our grains have been meal prepped or are coming out of a freezer bag. Cooking everything in one place, ideally outside with a glass of rosé, is the way to cook in the summer.
How to Grill Cauliflower
There are a few tricks when it comes to grilling cauliflower that you need to keep in mind to get a perfectly charred, tender cauliflower. The main thing to keep in mind is how you cut the cauliflower.
•Grilling Cauliflower Florets: Let’s start the easiest option first – florets. Since cauliflower florets are smaller, they cook quickly on the grill. However, they do sometimes fall through the grates of the grill. A quick solution to this problem is to use a large piece of foil or a grill basket.
•Grilled Whole Cauliflower: Lots of restaurants are making whole grilled cauliflower these days. It’s a delicious preparation but it is time-consuming for the home cook. For most recipes, you will want to place the cauliflower on foil or in a grill basket. Then you will want to let it grill for between 45-60 minutes so it is charred on the outside and tender all the way through. The downside is that you only get charred, crispy edges on the outside and the seasoning is only on the outside. When you grill florets, you end up with browned edges on all the cauliflower, plus it is ready in ten minutes. You can also boil the whole cauliflower ahead of time for faster cooking, but it will still take 25-30 minutes.
•Grilled Cauliflower Steaks: This is a delicious option one that I make quite often. First, you slice the cauliflower into 1-inch steaks. Then season them up and grill for about 7-10 minutes per side until cooked through you will be left with some extra florets since you can’t get steaks out of the whole head of cauliflower. If you make steaks, you can always throw the florets on a piece of foil to cook on the side.
•Cauliflower Wedges on the Grill: You can cut the cauliflower into 6-8 large wedges that can be grilled directly on the grates. Season the cauliflower, brush it with oil and cook for 4-5 minutes per side until tender. You can season cauliflower with almost any spice combination when are grilling it.
Here are a few of the spices I like to use but you can any spices that you like.
•Blackening spice: If you love spice, make this simple homemade blackening seasoning or buy a store-bought blend. Look for one without added sugar.
•Lemon pepper: You can store-bought lemon pepper seasoning or make a quick homemade version using equal parts fresh lemon zest, garlic powder, fresh black pepper, and salt.
•Garlic and herb: Use a combination of garlic powder and your favorite dried herbs or fresh garlic and fresh herbs.