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crispy cauliflower steaks with creamy tarragon sauce

Crispy Cauliflower with a Creamy Tarragon Sauce (Vegan)

This vegan recipe is a great option for anyone, vegan or not! Crispy cauliflower steaks or florets are breaded in a delicious panko bread crumb mixture and topped with an epic vegan cream sauce that will blow your mind!
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Healthy, Vegan


Cauliflower Steaks

  • 1 head of cauliflower cut into 1-2 inch thick "steaks"
  • 2 1/2 tbsp flax meal (or ground up flax seeds)
  • 6 tbsp water

Bread Crumb Mixture

  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus more for topping
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Vegan Tarragon Cream Sauce

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed and sliced
  • Half of a large shallot sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon sprigs 1 1/2 tbsp if using dried tarragon
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or stock optional
  • 1 tsp lemon juice optional
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 2 tsp all purpose flour can sub gluten-free flour if needed


Cauliflower Steaks

  • Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flax meal and water. Whisk together until the mixture becomes thick and stretchy (kind of like an egg white!) Congrats! You have made 2 flax eggs! Set the mixture aside to set. If you're not vegan, you can use regular egg wash, of course.
  • In a large shallow bowl or on a large plate, combine all of the bread crumb mixture ingredients.
  • One slice at a time, brush the cauliflower steaks (or the florets/nuggets if not going with the cauliflower steaks) thoroughly with the flax egg. You can also dip the pieces of cauliflower into the flax egg mixture. Just make sure it gets in all the nooks and crannies and that you are brushing both sides until sticky!
  • After coating in the flax egg, transfer the cauliflower to the bread crumb mixture. Flip it to coat both sides, then use your hands to press breadcrumbs along the sides of the cauliflower so it's fully coated. Repeat with all of the pieces of cauliflower.
  • Place the newly battered cauliflower slices onto a sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown to your liking. You can go longer if you want that extra crunch.

Vegan Tarragon Cream Sauce

  • While the cauliflower is baking, make your sauce so it's ready to go when that cauliflower is fresh out of the oven! First, heat a sauce pan on medium heat.
  • Add 3 tbsp of olive oil to the sauce pan, then add the garlic, onion and tarragon to the oil. Let that simmer on medium low heat for 10 minutes. You do not want the oil to be too hot, as it will burn the aromatics. We just want to infuse the oil with all of that flavor.
  • Add 2 tsp of flour to the olive oil to create a roux. Mix for about 1 minute, until the flour is lightly toasted.
  • In a separate cup, combine the almond milk, vegetable broth and lemon juice (if using.) Iif not using vegetable broth or lemon juice, of course just get that almond milk ready.
  • Adjust the heat to medium high. Slowly pour the liquid mixture into the sauce pan, whisking as you go. Continue to whisk until the sauce is fully incorporated. Season generously with salt (I did about 2 generous pinches) and taste to make sure you like the salt levels.
  • Let the sauce begin to bubble and reduce until thick, whisking every 30 seconds or so.
  • When the sauce is your desired thickness, remove the sauce pan from the heat and set it aside.


Keyword almond milk, cauliflower, flax meal, garlic, lemon, olive oil, panko bread crumbs, shallot, tarragon