large, oval pink platter topped with grilled cauliflower steaks, drizzled with a homemade pesto sauce

Grilled cauliflower steaks with homemade pesto

Points® value
Total Time
45 min
20 min
25 min
A great way to serve cauliflower, this popular vegetable tastes delicious straight off the grill and topped with a homemade pesto. Cauliflower steaks are fragile when they're tender, so a wide fish spatula makes a great tool to get these off the grill. The heat caramelizes and sweetens the cauliflower like roasting does, and the grill adds charred flavor.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Pine nuts

2 Tbsp


2 cup(s), leaves

Reduced sodium chicken broth

½ cup(s)

Grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s)

Olive oil

1 Tbsp


2 clove(s), peeled

Table salt

½ tsp


1½ pound(s), cut into 8 (1⁄2-inch-thick) steaks


  1. Off heat, coat grill rack or grill pan with nonstick spray. Preheat gas grill or grill pan to medium, or prepare medium fire in charcoal grill.
  2. In small skillet, cook pine nuts over medium heat, shaking pan frequently to prevent burning, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to plate and let cool.
  3. In blender or food processor, add cooled pine nuts, basil, broth, cheese, oil, garlic, and salt and process until pesto is smooth.
  4. Off heat, coat cauliflower lightly with nonstick spray and transfer to grill. Close lid and cook cauliflower, carefully turning once, until tender, charred, and marked from grill, about 10 minutes. Transfer to platter or plates. Spoon pesto over top.
  5. Serving size: 1 cauliflower steak with 2 tbsp pesto