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grilled cauliflower steaks with basil pecan pesto on a plate

Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Basil Pecan Pesto

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: 30 Minute Meal, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Grilling, Low Carb
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


Grilled Cauliflower Steaks topped with a homemade pecan pesto – a nutritious vegan side dish or main dish that everyone will love. The perfect low carb recipe for the summer!


  • 2 heads of cauliflower, 6-8 1″ cauliflower steaks (each cauliflower head will give you 34 steaks)
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • salt & pepper to season

Homemade Pecan Basil Pesto:

  • 2 cups fresh packed basil
  • 1/4 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil (or 2/3 cup depending on the type of consistency you like)
  • 1/3 cup of shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat, about 375-400 degrees F.
  2. Brush both sides of cauliflower steaks with avocado oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Gently place seasoned cauliflower steaks on clean oiled grill.
  4. Grill each side for 4 minutes, gently flipping with a spatula to grill the other side.
  5. Remove from grill and let rest.
  6. In the meantime, to a food processor basil, raw pecans, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Pulse until the basil is finely chopped.
  7. Slowly add in the olive oil and combine to blend until combined.
  8. Transfer pesto to a bowl and stir in the parmesan cheese.
  9. To serve, top cauliflower steaks with pesto.


  • Serving Size: 1 cauliflower steak + pesto
  • Calories: 212
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 257 mg
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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