A grilled cauliflower head couldn’t be easier. This main dish is vegan, vegetarian, and full of hearty flavors and goodness. No meat necessary to make a hearty BBQ. Try the typical grill flavors on your cauliflower. You’ll be pleased with how flavorful a cauliflower can taste. Easy, savory, and exquisite. Perfect, even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian!
Who doesn’t love an outdoor BBQ dinner? Well, I do. This recipe is one of my daughter’s, Kelsey’s, favorite. We were visiting and this treat was for dinner. After that, it has become one of our favorite, super easy dinners. We have this grilled cauliflower head at least once a week. Yes, vegetables can be delicious and the main course. Come on, give it a try it won’t disappoint..
How to flavor a cauliflower head
A grilled cauliflower head can be flavored just about any way your heart, or stomach, desires.
Looking for a spicy dinner? Try a little or a lot of cayenne pepper or chili powder.
- cayenne pepper
- chili powder
- smokey paprika
- spicy dry BBQ rub
Savory flavors are more in your tastebuds wheelhouse? Keep it simple and it will come out delicious.
- salt and pepper
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- dried herbs
Take those delicious dried flavors and whisk them together. Keep in mind, sometimes the simple flavors come out the best. Do what works for you!
Get the rub to hold on
Prepare the cauliflower head by first washing thoroughly and drying. Trim off all green leaves and carefully cut off some of the stem. Leave enough of the stem to allow the head to stay whole while cooking.
Now, take that clean cauliflower head and rub it generously with olive oil making sure to cover the top and bottom. If olive oil isn’t your “thing” use some vegan broth but don’t soak it, brush it on, and let it dry.
Time for the Dry Rub
The cauliflower head is now ready for the flavor baby! I use my hands to rub the dry ingredients into the cauliflower, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Cauliflower itself is not very flavorful so make sure to add as many yummy flavors as you can.
Time to cook
The preferred method to cook this cauliflower head is on the grill. But don’t let that stop you if you don’t have a grill or just need to roast inside. Either method, grilling or roasting, will result in a savory main dish that will be delicious every time.
Tell me that doesn’t look delicious
My main point about this recipe; DON’T HESITATE, MAKE IT! I promise you, your family, and friends won’t be disappointed.
In short, have fun in the kitchen, don’t take yourself too seriously. Subscribe, share, and let me know how “YOU” made this your own. Share your positive comments and ideas below or on Instagram. ❤️ from VGFL
- 1 head cauliflower cleaned, greens removed
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup water or broth, wine, GF beer
- Preheat grill to medium hot.
- Clean cauliflower, dry, trim off greens, and set aside, careful not to break apart.
- Slather the outside of the cauliflower with olive oil.
- Place all dry ingredients in a medium bowl whisk until completely blended together.
- Rub entire cauliflower head with dry rub getting into all the nooks and crannies.
- Place cauliflower head into a greased or foil-lined pie pan.
- Add a cup of broth, wine, or water to the bottom of the pan to prevent the bottom from burning.
- Place cauliflower onto the grill and cook until fork-tender, 45-60 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Pull or cut apart.
- Serve with chimichurri sauce or pesto.