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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.

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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.

And now, our best cabbage recipes!

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!):

  1. 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.
  2. Cut the cabbage in half through the stem.
  3. Cut the cabbage into quarters.
  4. Remove the root of the cabbage by cutting it out diagonally.
  5. Thinly slice the cabbage in the short direction, using a circular motion with the knife. Slicing it in the short direction makes it easier to eat!
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Sauteed cabbage

Perfect Sauteed Cabbage

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings 1x


Here’s how to make the best sauteed cabbage! Tender and flavored with garlic and lemon, it’s the perfect easy side dish to accent any meal.


  • 10 cups green cabbage (about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds cabbage)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (1/4 lemon or two wedges)


  1. Thinly the cabbage and measure out 10 cups.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter. Add the cabbage, garlic powder, kosher salt, and plenty of black pepper. Saute 8 to 10 minutes until wilted and tender.
  3. When it’s done, squeeze in the juice from 2 lemon wedges. Taste and adjust flavors as necessary.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Sauteed
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan

Last updated: June 2020

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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