Here are all the best cabbage recipes for using this healthy and delicious vegetable! These recipes feature a variety of types: red cabbage, green, Napa, and Savoy.
Looking for what to do with cabbage? This cruciferous vegetable is not only versatile, it’s good for you, too. One of the best vegetables you can eat, red cabbage is high in fiber and Vitamin C. It also contains phytonutrients that may help combat inflammation.
Cabbage plays a major and supporting role in many major cuisines. Where would coleslaw or sauerkraut be without the humble cabbage? It’s key in Asian cuisine, and makes a mean salad. There are so many tasty ways to eat it…from red cabbage recipes to frizzy Napa cabbage. Let’s get cooking!
Cabbage types: a quick overview
But first: what types of cabbage are used in these recipes? Here’s a brief overview of the cabbage types you’ll see (you should be able to find most of them at your local grocery):
Green cabbage: The most popular cabbage, it has a strong flavor and crisp texture. It works well in slaws, sauteed or in stir fries.
Red cabbage: It’s similar to the green cabbage, but with a beautiful purple color.
Savoy cabbage: This cabbage is green and has beautiful lacy leaves. It looks like beautifully frizzled confetti when thinly sliced, and has a mild flavor.
Napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage): This cabbage also has lacy leaves: it’s more oblong shaped and often used in Asian cuisine. Like Savoy cabbage, it has a milder flavor than green cabbage.
The favorite in our lineup of best cabbage recipes? This perfect sauteed cabbage! It takes just 10 minutes to saute into a tender, savory mess of flavor. Lemon, garlic and black pepper take it to rockstar veggie status. You’ll love this tasty way to prepare cabbage: it makes an easy side dish for any meal.
This cabbage recipe is the exact opposite of sauteed cabbage: it's fresh and crunchy! This really is the best creamy coleslaw. It's got just the right amount of flavor and richness from the coleslaw dressing, but it still has a healthy spin. This recipe is totally balanced in sweet and savory flavors: with no refined sugar and less mayo than most coleslaw recipes. Not into mayo? Try our Easy Vinegar Coleslaw instead.
Want to change up your coleslaw routine? Try this Easy Cabbage Salad instead! For many slaws or cabbage salads, you’ll be endlessly chopping and prepping the long ingredient list. This effortless salad calls for only 6 ingredients, and the only fresh ingredients are green cabbage and mint. It comes out fresh and tangy, with a lemon mint flavor that keeps eaters coming back for more.
With standard coleslaw you have to buy two cabbage varieties: both red and green. Often times, the remaining cabbage halves hang out in our fridge with nothing to do. With this red cabbage slaw, the only veggies you need are a red cabbage and an onion! The coleslaw dressing has the perfect combination of savory, tangy, sweet and creamy and takes the crunchy cabbage strands to new heights.
Turns out grilled cabbage is absolutely worth trying next time you fire up the grill! It comes out tender and charred, the flavor much sweeter than its raw self. Drizzle it in a tangy balsamic sauce and it’s a tasty side dish for a grilled meal!
This cabbage recipe features Savoy cabbage, a mild cabbage with frizzled leaves. When thinly sliced, the leaves look like beautiful confetti. They're perfect in this salad with apples and walnuts, Pecorino Romano cheese, and a tangy sweet tart dressing. Make sure to find Savoy cabbage for this one: it's a treat! Step it up: use Glazed Walnuts or Glazed Pecans.
First up in our cabbage recipes: sauteed red cabbage! Combined with tart apples, the flavor here is unreal! The slightly sweet and vinegary taste makes this side dish an excellent companion to serve with main dishes of all kinds; it's almost like a chutney! Caraway seeds add a homey, hearty essence.
What's a more classic cabbage recipe than sauerkraut? It’s easy to make, simple to ferment, and a seriously healthy probiotic-filled addition to any meal. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha have become the health craze of the moment. What’s all the fuss about? They can give your body a dose of healthy probiotics, live microorganisms crucial to healthy digestion (source). Even better: the tangy flavor is seriously delicious! Try it on a Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich or part of a bowl meal.
Here's a Napa cabbage recipe that makes cabbage into a main dish! This one has become a fan favorite because it's an easy dinner recipe that takes under 30 minutes to make! This delicious plant based dinner features peanuts, Napa cabbage and red pepper, cilantro, and lime. It uses our favorite trick for "cooking" the vegetables: simply drain the hot pasta water over them when the pasta is done!
Here's another great way to eat cabbage: roasted! These roasted cabbage wedges are baked in the oven until the outer layers become brown and crispy. Then they're drizzled with a tangy vinaigrette dressing and garnished with shaved Parmesan cheese. It's a tasty side dish recipe that looks beautiful, too.
Here's another coleslaw recipe: this time with green instead of red cabbage! It's got shredded green cabbage, carrots, red onion, and cilantro, and both ground cumin and cumin seed to bring in a Mexican vibe. It works well with Latin-style flavors, like as a side dish for tacos or enchiladas.
Here's a fun red cabbage recipe: It's made into a quick slaw to top sweet potatoes! First, cook the sweet potatoes in the Instant Pot or bake them in the oven. Then top them with a zingy quick slaw made with red cabbage, bell peppers, lime and cilantro. Add a creamy peanut butter sauce and top with crushed peanuts. This one gets high marks from readers as a tasty dinner recipe!
Here's a tasty way to use that creamy coleslaw above: in a Swiss melt sandwich! This sandwich is over the top good: many readers say it tastes like a Big Mac! The secret? The Russian Dressing, which is just about the same as the sauce on that famous burger. But this sandwich is a healthier variety, starring melty Swiss cheese and coleslaw on a toasted pretzel bun.
Here's another cabbage salad recipe: this time a springy chopped salad! It features radishes and lettuce along with green cabbage, which adds a lovely texture contrast to the greens. Top that with blue cheese crumbles and our Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing, and it's a lovely side dish for pizza or pasta.
Last up in our cabbage recipes: grilled shrimp tacos! These tacos star smoky grilled shrimp that's served with zingy Mexican coleslaw. The coleslaw is the perfect crunchy, tangy offset to the juicy shrimp. Top with a spicy mayo drizzle, and it's a healthy meal that comes together in a flash.
How to cut cabbage
Looking for the best way to cut cabbage? Alex and I have a great efficient way that works every time and results in beautiful, evenly cut shreds. Here’s how to cut cabbage (watch the video below!):
Remove the outer layers of the cabbage that seem tough or are not fresh, and discard them. With a large chef’s knife, slice off the root of the cabbage.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.