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Five spice romanesco steaks

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Five spice romanesco steaks

Main Serves 2 35 min
This recipe uses a whole head of Romanesco, including the leaves, meaning no food waste. Romanesco steaks are pan-fried in Chinese 5 spice and butter, then baked in the oven with the leaves. Try drizzling with sriracha sauce to finish. This dish works well as a side, or serve with couscous or rice for a light meal.

Cook's notes

Serves 2 as a main, or 4 as a side.


  • 1 head of Romanesco
  • 2 tsp Chinese five spice
  • Olive oil
  • Knob of butter (optional)
  • Sriracha sauce (optional)
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Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 25 min
  • Step 1

    Snap off the outer leaves of the Romanesco, keeping them to one side to use later.
  • Step 2

    Slice off and discard the tough end of the Romanesco stalk, about 1 cm or so.
  • Step 3

    Sit the Romanesco on its stalk and slice down into thick steaks, cutting so each steak is a couple of centimetres thick. Don’t worry if some of the florets break off - these will be used too. Add the steaks and any smaller bits into a roasting tray.
  • Step 4

    Prepare the leaves by cutting down the middle of the stem. This will make them cook quicker and crisp up nicely in the oven. Add to the roasting tray.
  • Step 5

    Add the Chinese 5 spice to the roasting tray, then add a good glug of olive oil. Mix with your hands to ensure all of the Romanesco and the leaves are coated with olive oil and the spices.
  • Step 6

    Preheat your oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
  • Step 7

    Heat a frying pan on a medium-high heat: you want it hot enough to get a nice sizzle when you add the Romanesco. Add the steaks and any smaller bits of Romanesco to your pan, keeping the leaves in the roasting tray.
  • Step 8

    Fry until golden on both sides, and then add a good knob of butter. Let it melt and bubble away, then turn the Romanesco to ensure it’s covered. If you prefer, you can use more olive oil or a dairy-free butter alternative.
  • Step 9

    Transfer the Romanesco from the pan back into the roasting tray, along with the juices from the melted butter.
  • Step 10

    Place the roasting tray in your preheated oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes, until the middle of the steaks are tender.
  • Step 11

    Remove and serve drizzled with sriracha sauce as side, or with couscous or rice for a light meal.

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