Grilled Cauliflower with Turmeric and Wanderspice Sauce
A perfect char on a grilled cauliflower steak with a light turmeric dusting and our new Wanderspice Sauce.
Some of Eddie’s recipes take days to perfect, getting the ratios just right, making sure spices blend harmoniously and honoring the foundations of some of our more authentic dishes. But often enough, he’ll pull something out of the fridge, in this case, a head of cauliflower and 20 minutes later we’re eating a fantastic dish. He grilled cauliflower steaks until they were perfectly charred, and served with a dusting of turmeric and a side of a red sauce he concocted just a few days before.
I call it Wanderspice Sauce. It’s tangy and warm, but not spicy or hot, with a vinegary undertone. Tomato-based, the sauce has a velvety texture, while still being light enough for dipping. I don’t know what sorcery is behind the sauce that makes it taste just as good, but subtly different, with the turmeric covered cauliflower.
But I do know its magic works on the grilled chicken we had the night before and as a dipping sauce for the Moroccan panini, Eddie made for lunch today. (Don’t worry, both recipes for the sauce and the panini are coming soon. Subscribe to our Wanderspice Life emails to get them first.)
As for the grilled cauliflower itself, it’s the right kind of tender – not too soft, but still firm enough to require a bit of cutting. The light char adds a bit of smokiness and plays well with the turmeric. But of course, I mostly dipped every chuck into the Wanderspice Sauce… then licked the fork. And that little black bowl, too.
Suggestions and Alternatives
- To make this side dish/appetizer a meal, add some grilled shrimp or crumbled chorizo on top.
- You can use a variety of other vegetables instead. Try it with potatoes, squash, or eggplant.
- Makes a nice accompaniment to our Thai BBQ Ribs with Apple Lavender Slaw.
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Grilled Cauliflower with Turmeric and Wanderspice SaucePrint
- 1 cauliflower whole
- 1/4 cup avocado oil quality
- 1 tbs. kosher salt
- 2 tbs. parsley chopped
- 2 lemons juiced
- 1 tbs. turmeric ground
Remove leaves from cauliflower.
Be sure your cauliflower is clean and free of dirt.
Using a sharp bread knife or offset serrated knife, cut cauliflower lengthwise two inches thick.
Be sure to leave florets attached to main stem.
Place cauliflower steak on a hot grill for two minutes on each side.
Using a large heavy bottom saute pan, bring to high heat, smoking hot and carefully place cauliflower steaks two at a time.
After two minutes drizzle 1/4 cup avocado oil over the top of cauliflower and reduce heat to medium. Cover with lid to steam.
Sear for two minutes on each side, look for golden brown or even charred color. Remove lid and shut off heat.
After five minutes sprinkle ground turmeric, Kosher salt and juice of two lemons. Garnish with chopped parsley.
Serve two steaks with Wanderspice Sauce, per person.