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Here’s how to make grilled cabbage wedges! Char them to perfection, then drizzle with a tangy balsamic sauce for a tasty, healthy side dish.

Grilled cabbage

Ever tried grilling cabbage? Well, it’s time you did. 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! Alex and I love roasted cabbage, so we figured we’d love grilled cabbage just as much. (We do.) We kept reaching for it on a grilled veggie platter: so we knew we’d have to share the recipe here.

Want to grill all the veggies? Go to Best Grilled Vegetables!

Ingredients for grilled cabbage

Grilled cabbage tastes great on its own! But because the texture can be dry, it’s best served tossed with a balsamic drizzle (like our grilled Brussels sprouts). You’ll need no seasonings at all for the cabbage itself, and just a few ingredients for the quick drizzle. Here’s what you need:

  • Cabbage: A small cabbage works best here: it makes the right sized wedges for a plate. Avoid large cabbages!
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Onion powder
  • Kosher salt
How to grill cabbage

How to grill cabbage

There are only a few tricks to making grilled cabbage! Here are all the tips and tricks you need to know (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat. That’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature for most grilled vegetables you’ll make.
  • Slice the wedges so the root stays intact. This is important! You’ll want the cabbage to stay together on the grill, so don’t cut off the root.
  • Grill until tender and charred, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Drizzle with balsamic sauce! This is helpful because the texture can be dry without a sauce. Speaking of…
Grilled cabbage sauce

Variations on sauces for grilled cabbage!

This base recipe for grilled cabbage has simple sauce made of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, a little honey (or maple syrup). But you can use all sorts of other types of sauces to drizzle after grilling! Here are some other ideas:

Make it a meal!

There are lots of main dishes that pair well with this grilled cabbage! When Alex and I served it, it was a great side dish to grilled salmon. Here are a few of our favorite grilled dinner ideas to try:

Grilled cabbage

Or, add more grilled veggies

Another great way to accessorize grilled cabbage is with more grilled veggies! Pick a few from the list below, keeping in mind you may need to cook in batches if your grill has space constraints:

And that’s it! Let us know if you try this grilled cabbage in the comments below.

This grilled cabbage recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Grilled cabbage

Grilled Cabbage Wedges

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


Here’s how to make grilled cabbage wedges! Char them to perfection, then drizzle with a tangy balsamic sauce for a tasty, healthy side dish.


  • 1 small green cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (and fresh ground pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Remove the tough outer leaves of the cabbage. Cut it into 8 wedges (or more if the cabbage is large), leaving the stem intact.
  3. Place the wedges on a baking sheet. Rub both sides with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Sprinkle on ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground pepper on one side of the wedges, then flip them and sprinkle the remaining ¼ teaspoon kosher salt on the other side. 
  4. Place the cabbage directly on the grill grates. Grill 5 to 6 minutes per side (10 to 12 minutes total) until softened, turning once.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the balsamic vinegar, the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, honey or maple syrup, and onion powder. Drizzle the mixture over the wedges and serve. 
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Grilled cabbage, How to grill cabbage

More with cabbage

Cabbage is one of the best vegetables you can eat! Here are a few more cabbage recipes that make the most of this healthy vegetable:

  • Sauteed Cabbage Incredible flavor! Mixed with garlic and lemon, it’s the perfect easy side dish to accent any meal.
  • Best Creamy Coleslaw This easy coleslaw recipe really is the best! It’s got less mayo than most recipes⁠—and it’s totally irresistible.
  • Homemade Sauerkraut Homemade sauerkraut is easier than you think! You’ll get probiotic benefits and a kitchen DIY project.
  • Peanut Noodles with Napa Cabbage Made in less than 30 minutes! It’s a fast and easy plant based dinner starring crunchy veggies and a zesty peanut sauce.

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 for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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