Easiest, cheapest dinner ever: Cauliflower “Steak” and Chips (VG, GF, Oil-Free)

I don’t even know if I can post this as a “recipe” really, it feels a little bit like I’m cheating. This was without a doubt one of the easiest meals I’ve ever made, I was even able to play a computer game while I made it – it required VERY little thinking (not that I do much of THAT anyway!)

The real benefit here is that it’s all healthy, delicious, cheap and a perfect dinner to make when you’ve got other things on or you’re in a rush.

I recently had a cauliflower “steak” when we visited Hatherley Manor Hotel and Andreea and I have been a bit obsessed with the simple cruciferous vegetable of late – so it just made sense that we would try to make it at home.

I thought there would be more prep involved, I really did. I thought I’d have to DO something else if not using oil. I really didn’t. It was just… easy. But the results were, well… self-explanatory:

Next week I’m serving this with baked beans. Call me a heathen if you like, but I think it will be amazing – you make it and tell me yourself! What sauces did you use? How did you season your chips? I just like looking at pictures of other people’s food!

Oil free and yummy Cauliflower Steak and Chips.

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A true winter warmer that brings back childhood memories - add some tomato sauce or last weeks garlic yogurt dip for a pop!



  • 1 very large or 2 medium heads Cauliflower, washed, leaves removed and stem trimmed
  • 4-5 medium Potatoes (I used all-purpose white potatoes, most varieties will do!), washed but not peeled
  • Salt & Pepper
  • (Optional) Any other seasonings: Turmeric, Cumin, Smoked Paprika… whatever you want!


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200C (400F)
  2. Slice your cauliflower(s) into thick 2cm “steaks” (about 3/4″), they can be a bit larger if you would like! Place on a lined baking tray and brush each side lightly with water then sprinkle over some salt and pepper (& any other spices you would like).
  3. Chop your potatoes into small chips (or fries for the Americans among us), as you chop place them into a bowl of cold water, when finished, drain the potatoes and then using a clean tea-towel or paper towel gently pat them dry
  4. Sprinkle the chips with salt and pepper (& any other spices you would like), lightly toss to cover and then spread out evenly on a lined baking tray
  5. Bake the chips and cauliflower together in the oven for 30-35 minutes until the cauliflower is slightly blacked around the edges and the potatoes are crispy – flip both after about 10 minutes to prevent sticking to the baking paper
  6. Serve hot with sauce(s) of choice (or baked beans!)

Buon Appetito!

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