Cauliflower is having a moment lately…but what are the best ways to cook it?
From rice to pizza crust and even in large steak-like slabs, chefs and home cooks are waking up to the potential of this beautiful veg. Slightly sweet with a mild nutty taste, cauliflower is packed with loads of vitamins and nutrients. And it’s an incredibly versatile ingredient, meaning you can cook it in so many different ways.
Here are 7 of our favourite vegan ways to cook cauliflower.
1. Bang Bang Cauliflower
Jane uses panko breadcrumbs to make sure her baked cauliflower bites stay crispy. Paired with sriracha sauce, these will become your go-to meal when you’re craving something spicy.
2. Cauliflower Chowdah
A take on a New England classic, this dish from Derek and Chad Sarno packs a flavour punch with potatoes, miso and celery. Perfect for seeing out those cold winter nights.
3. Lemony Roasted Cauliflower Risotto
This risotto from Kate uses roasted cauliflower, making it ‘tender on the inside, crispy on the edges and nutty in flavour’. Minimal stirring and fuss, this one is going into heavy rotation in our kitchen.
4. Whole Roasted Cauliflower
Dana went through seven iterations to land on this winner. Cauliflower, shawarma spice blend, harissa paste, maple syrup and salt – those 5 ingredients are all you need to make the perfect roast cauliflower worthy of centre stage on your table.
5. Cauliflower Fried Rice
Sonja and Alex found that by chopping the cauliflower into small pieces the size of rice grains, it soaked up more flavour from the garlic-ginger sauce than regular rice would. Add some edamame and cashews and you’re all sorted.
6. Coconut Cauliflower Chickpea Curry
Who can pass on a good curry? Esther’s version is comfort food heaven with ginger, garlic, turmeric and creamy coconut milk. And it’s easy to make – fry off the onion, toast the spices, bring it all together and simmer for 20 minutes. Boom.
7. Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
We predict you’re going to turn to these addictive little bites come game day, summer BBQs and any time you need a snack. Dipped in breadcrumbs, double-baked and finished off under the broiler – absolute perfection.