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8 Delicious Ways to Turn a Head of Cabbage into Dinner

By Ariel Knutson
March 14, 2021
Photo Credit: The Recipe Critic

In the last few years cabbage has gone from a humble vegetable reserved for sad-looking slaws, to a darling ingredient for home cooks around the country. The only thing surprising about this is how long it took for everyone to get on board! Low in calorie and high in nutrients, cabbage is also inexpensive, lasts a long time in the fridge, and is incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Raw, roasted, braised, and sautéed, cabbage has serious range. Any way you cook it, it’s absolutely delicious. Ready to cook? Here are 10 of the very best cabbage recipes to make right now, from a 30-minute soup, to a coconut-braised stunner.

1. Stuffed Cabbage Soup from The Recipe Critic

This soup is loaded with ground beef, cabbage, rice, and tomatoes, and it only takes 30 minutes to make. It only gets better after a day in the fridge, so double the recipe and eat it all week. You can also freeze it for up to three months.

Roasted cabbage

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2. Roasted Cabbage with Walnuts and Parmesan from Smitten Kitchen

This is one of my favorite side dishes to make while it’s still cold, and it couldn’t be easier to make. You simply cut cabbage into wedges and roast them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Then, you slather them in a mixture of garlic, Parmesan, walnuts, and red pepper flakes.

Chicken and cabbage stir fry

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3. Easy Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry from Salt & Lavender

Sautéed cabbage is soft, tender, and melts in your mouth — and this recipe is proof. Here, the cabbage is cooked with onions, garlic, and a hint of paprika before being added to the chicken. It’s a simple weeknight dinner you’ll want to return to over and over again.

Turmeric braised cabbage

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4. Turmeric and Coconut-Braised Cabbage With Chickpeas from Bon Appétit

This recipe took over Instagram last fall, and it’s easy to see why. I mean, look at the thing! It’s gorgeous and healthy! What more do you want? Cabbage gets the VIP treatment in this recipe with a quick braise in a coconut milk alongside a can of chickpeas. Serve it with rice and plenty of cilantro.

Grilled chicken tacos

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5. Grilled Chicken Tacos with Key Lime Slaw from How Sweet Eats

Cabbage isn’t just an afterthought garnish for these tacos — it plays an essential role. It’s mixed with lime zest and juice, a little sugar, and salt, so it has this sweet-tangy thing going on that’s perfect over grilled chicken. And honestly, you could add this key lime slaw to any sandwich or taco that needed some extra crunch and a hit of flavor.

cabbage recipes

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6. Fried Cabbage Recipe with Sausage from Eatwell101

This low-carb and keto-friendly dish isn’t everyone’s idea of a healthy weeknight meal, but it is definitely mine. The cabbage gets cooked down with the help of the fat from the sausage, so it’s ultra flavorful. It also gets a spicy kick with the help of some cayenne pepper and paprika.

Curried cabbage

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7. Curried Cabbage from Budget Bytes

According to Budget Bytes, this recipe is just $4 for the whole thing. Talk about an inexpensive, nutrient-dense meal! This recipe is vegetarian and includes frozen peas and carrots in addition to the cabbage, but you could also add ground beef if you want to bulk it up even more.

Crunchy cabbage slaw

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8. Crunchy Cabbage Slaw with Sesame Ginger Dressing from Minimalist Baker

With two different types of cabbage, carrots, green onions, chicken, plenty of nuts, and a scrumptious sesame-ginger dressing, this recipe lets raw cabbage live up to its true potential. It would be great on its own for lunch, or as a side for dinner.


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