Tahini Miso Covered Cauliflower Steaks | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jan. 26. 2021

Tahini Miso Covered Cauliflower Steaks

Jan. 26. 2021
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Add these Tahini Miso Covered Cauliflower Steaks to your menu!

You can enjoy this recipe as an entree with a side of protein, greens, and maybe some grains/carbohydrates or as a side dish — regardless of how you enjoy it, the star of the show is really the tahini miso sauce.

What Is Miso?

Let’s talk about this fermented kinda funky umami paste made from soybeans and mold called koji (Aspergillus oryzae from soybeans, barley, or rice) — sounds good right? Miso is traditionally used in Japanese cooking and used for its health benefits and delicious umami taste.

But wait, there are nutrients and things that make you feel good in this funky paste! Miso contains probiotics, phosphorus, manganese, copper, vitamin K, and a variety of B vitamins.

Miso can be fermented for weeks and sometimes years depending on the brand and type, which lends itself to containing bacteria, probiotics. We know probiotics (good bacteria) are so important for creating a healthy microbiome and digestive function.

The great thing about miso is you can use it in so many ways from adding it to a simple salad dressing, a broth to make you feel good, a paste for roasting vegetables with, marinade, hummus, and the list go on. I love adding miso to dressings and sauces because it creates this creamy texture without doing anything laborious to achieve it.

One thing to keep in mind when you’re purchasing miso is the color, in a nutshell, the darker the color miso the bolder the flavor which is great for hearty soups and stews. This is due to the time it’s been fermenting versus the lighter-colored misos which are slightly sweet and perfect for dressings, sauces, and even desserts.


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Here are the following Foundational Five Elements in this recipe:

1 • Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • Cauliflower

2 • Starchy Carbohydrate

  • Serve with grains, legumes, or potatoes

3 • Healthy Fat

  • Tahini

4 • Protein

  • Serve with a protein of your choice

5 • Flavor Factor

  • Miso
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime juice
  • Ginger
  • Gluten-free soy sauce

The Recipe

Serves 4



1 head cauliflower

2 heaping tablespoons miso paste (Miso Master organic mellow white)

1 tablespoon hot water

1/4 cup tahini

1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce

1/2 inch ginger, minced

2 teaspoons minced garlic

Juice of 1/2 a lime

Pinch of sea salt

Black pepper

Optional garnishes: fresh chopped cilantro, fresh lime juice/wedges, black sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, nori sheet ribbons, and a drizzle of the extra Tahini Miso Sauce


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prep a baking sheet with a rack inside, this is key to make sure the cauliflower steaks don’t get soggy if they were cooking directly on the baking sheet. (as pictured)

Step 2

Slice the cauliflower head into 3-4 large slices (these are the steaks) about 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide. Lightly drizzle each cauliflower steak with olive oil and place on the rack on top of the baking sheet.

In a large mixing bowl, using a whisk, combine all remaining ingredients to make the sauce. — this should yield a thick paste. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Step 3

Spoon the Tahini Miso sauce onto each cauliflower steak and bake for 35-30 minutes at 400 degrees F or until the cauliflower is tender and golden on top.

Step 4

Garnish with any of the optional garnishes, serve warm, and store any leftovers in a glass container. To reheat, put the cauliflower steaks in the oven for 10 minutes or until warm.


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