Nopales are cactus leaves. You may not be able to find them everywhere, but they are fairly commonly available in the Southwest. Nopales are delicious when simply grilled. Their thick, meaty texture lends the nickname "green steaks." They are great with fresh salsa or your favorite hot sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 - 2 Nopales per person
- 1 - 2 Nopales per person
- Canola, grapeseed, or vegetable oil
- Salt to taste
- Heat a grill to medium high or high heat.
- Brush each nopales with oil. Put on the hot grill and cook, undisturbed, until grill marks form and the nopales wilts, about 4 minutes. Turn to cook on the other side until grill marks form and the leaf is tender all the way through, about another 4 minutes.
- Remove nopales from grill, sprinkle with salt, and serve hot or warm.