Photo by Emma Fishman, Food Styling by Yekaterina Boytsova
Our best cabbage recipes never fail to make us wonder how one cruciferous globe can transform into so many delicious dishes. Thanks to their sturdy leaves and high absorbency, cabbages can take on any and every flavor you want. Sometimes all you need is a bit of salt and pepper—but a generous glug of olive oil (for extra-crispy caramelized edges) doesn’t hurt either.
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Mustardy Sausage and Halloumi Stir-Fry
This meaty, cheesy, one-skillet cabbage recipe boasts big beer hall energy and takes barely any effort at all.
Photograph by Paola + Murray, food styling by Pearl Jones, prop styling by Sophia Pappas2/59
Napa Cabbage Wedge With Sesame Ranch
Iceberg’s reign over the wedge salad stops here. Grab a head of Napa cabbage and you’re halfway there. An umami-rich miso-tahini dressing stands in for the customary blue cheese or ranch.
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Charred Cabbage and Carrots
Cabbage can take practically anything you throw at it: Here, you’ll char it, braise it, spice it, and turn it into the best thing on the table with a little help from a maple-lime dressing.
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Smothered Cabbage With Sausage and Hot Honey
Steam cabbage in a meaty cream sauce, then reduce the resulting gravy and spoon it all over the tender wedges. Top with spicy honey for a decadent side that will steal the show.
Photo by Isa Zapata, Food Styling by Pearl Jones, Prop Styling by Anne Eastman5/59
The fizziest, most fun way to use up that innocent head of green cabbage as well as all of those end-of-week veggie scraps.
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Crispy Pan-Fried Shrimp With Cabbage Slaw and Gochujang Mayo
All the pleasure of fried shrimp without the hassle of deep-frying? Count us in. Serve on a bed of massaged red cabbage and whole grains for a complete dinner.
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Tangy Cabbage Stir-Fry
This Sichuan-inspired stir-fried cabbage recipe is the quickest way to go from head-of-cabbage-in-the-fridge to dinner-on-the-table we know of: Just 15 minutes—and it’s got big flavor, to boot.
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Fall-Apart Caramelized Cabbage
This braised cabbage dish is one of the easiest, most delicious ways to cook a whole head of cabbage with just a few pantry staples.
Photo by Isa Zapata, food styling by Micah Morton, prop styling by Nicole Louie9/59
Thai Roast Chicken Thighs With Coconut Rice
This single skillet, weeknight riff on BA contributor Diana Yen’s favorite Thai rotisserie chicken relies on coconut milk, lime juice, and—for plenty of umami—fish sauce.
Photograph by Emma Fishman, food styling by Susie Theodorou, prop styling by Elizabeth Jaime10/59
Tahini-Smothered Charred Cabbage
Cabbage as its best self: grilled to charred, tender perfection, then doused in a creamy tahini sauce and scattered with sesame seeds.
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This Ethiopian cabbage and potato stew from chef Fanta Prada gets its gingery, garlicky kick from awaze, a versatile hot pepper seasoning with myriad variations.
Photograph by Laura Murray, food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich, prop styling by Sophie Strangio13/59
Za’atar Chicken Cutlets With Cabbage Salad
Season the breadcrumbs for these chicken cutlets with a few heavy hitters from a typical za’atar spice blend (sesame, dried thyme, and sumac) for a dinner with tons of nutty, floral, and tangy flavor and crunchy texture.
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Cabbage Roll Casserole
All the flavors of Eastern European stuffed cabbage rolls, but without the rolling. Consider this a cheese-covered sign to grab your casserole dish.
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Spring Vegetable Bhajia
Crispy fried bhajia are a popular snack across India. Chef Preeti Mistry’s version makes the most of spring produce with frilly Napa cabbage, young carrots, sugar snap peas, and scallions.
Photography by Emma Fishman, Food Styling by Adriana Paschen, Prop Styling by Elizabeth Jamie16/59
Shrimp and Cabbage Curry
To make this dish vegetarian, skip the shrimp and use cubed soft tofu or more vegetables, like zucchini. Just don’t skimp on the green cabbage for ultimate heartiness.
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Turmeric and Coconut-Braised Cabbage With Chickpeas
Cabbage is a weeknight cooking hero. Inexpensive and infinitely versatile, with an impressively long shelf life, one head of cabbage goes a long way. In this recipe, half of a cabbage, cut into wedges, is bathed in a turmeric-accented coconut milk until meltingly tender. The other half? Well, that’s for another night.
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The key to stress-free stir-frying is all in the prep work. Be sure to chop, slice, and grate everything before even thinking about turning on the stove.
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Stuffed Cabbage With Lemony Rice and Sumac
The crinkly texture of Savoy cabbage makes it a stunning choice for these vegetarian roll-ups—but regular old green cabbage works too, if that’s what you’ve got.
Photo by Alex Lau, food styling by Susie Theodorou, prop styling by Sophie Strangio20/59
Cabbage Slaw With Charred Scallions and Lime Dressing
This easy side dish from BA favorite Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, is spicy and toasty, but also crisp and refreshing. Charred scallions give it a deep, caramelized allium flavor.
Photo by Marcus Nilsson, food styling by Rebecca Jurkevich, prop styling by Kalen Kaminski21/59
Cheesy Cabbage Gratin
Every editor who claimed this cream- and Gruyère-laced gratin would be “too much!” ended up going back for seconds and thirds. We think you’ll do the same.
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Spicy and Creamy Slaw
This super-flexible, all-purpose salad turns cabbage into luscious tangles of crisp leaves coated in a rich dressing brightened with apple cider vinegar.
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Red Cabbage and Onion Slaw
The key to a better simple coleslaw? Season with salt, then massage to release excess liquid and pour it off. Only then should you dress with vinegar and oil (or your dressing of choice).
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Curtido (Salvadoran Cabbage Relish)
Serve this fermented cabbage relish with pupusas, alongside grilled meats, or any time you want a bright and pickle-y topping.
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Napa Cabbage and Cucumber Slaw
If you make this slaw ahead, the vegetables will continue to soften as they sit and become more like pickles, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
Crispy-Skin Salmon with Napa Cabbage
This method guarantees perfectly-cooked, crispy-skinned salmon every time. We promise. The gingery, garlicky cabbage side dish (cooked in the same pan) is just a bonus.
Cabbage and Asian Pear Slaw
Thanks to crunchy cabbage and sweet slices of pear, this slaw hits all the notes of a great slaw: creamy, tangy, and crunchy.
Spicy Cabbage Salad with Turkey and Peanuts
This post-Thanksgiving salad works just as well with a store-bought rotisserie chicken—good thing since the spicy chiles, zingy dressing, and crunchy fresh vegetables will have you craving it all year long.
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Eggplant and Cabbage Dinner Frittata
Sauté eggplant and cabbage with aromatics before pouring over beaten eggs seasoned with tamari (soy sauce works, too) to make a frittata. Top with a spicy-but-cooling cucumber-cabbage slaw.
BA’s Best Stuffed Cabbage
Stuffed cabbage rolls are great for a crowd, but if you find yourself with a lot of leftovers, they freeze well too.
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Slow-Cooked White Fish with Charred Cabbage
Sometimes with cooking, the best thing you can do is leave a thing alone. In this case, let the cabbage leaves sit and get charred around the edges before you even think about tossing them in the pan.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage Egg Rolls
These egg rolls are the perfect solution for all those corned beef, cabbage, and carrot leftovers from St. Patrick’s Day.
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Turmeric-Coconut Curry with Pork
Instead of just using plain rice, make your own medley! Try a mix of white rice, millet, and/or quinoa, which all cook in about the same time.
Savoy Cabbage Wedges with Buttermilk Dressing
Charred green cabbage, meet zingy buttermilk, tangy blue cheese, and—surprise!—grilled jalapeño, which keeps the dressing dynamic and interesting.
Chicken Cutlet Sandwiches with Savoy Cabbage Slaw
Chicken sandwiches just don’t get any better than this supremely crispy version with panko-crusted cutlets and a cooling, crunchy cabbage slaw.
Grilled Cabbage with Bacon
True, this grilled dish is mainly a vehicle for the bacon vinaigrette—but you’ll find textural bonus in the tender, smoky charred cabbage layers.
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Chicken Soup with Charred Cabbage
Simmering a rotisserie bird with a handful of aromatics and ‘shroom stems beats boxed chicken stock any day.
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Spicy Larb with Cabbage Cups
Larb will not only fill your belly, it will teach you how to balance sweet, sour, salty, spicy, funky, and umami flavors.
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Spicy Kimchi Slaw
How about dressing shredded cabbage with—wait for it: more cabbage! Purée cabbage kimchi with scallions, Sriracha, fish sauce, and sesame oil for a tangy, spicy, vibrant dressing.
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Charred Cabbage with Goat Cheese Raita and Cucumbers
For this vegetarian grilling recipe, go hard when charring the cabbage wedges—they are dense and resilient and need a long time on the grill to soften. Garnish with crushed Corn Nuts, win summer.
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Cold Buckwheat Noodles with Kimchi and Eggs
Crushed ice cubes keep this vinegary buckwheat noodle dish chilled no matter the heat index. As it melts, notes Chef Edward Kim, the ice adds to the dish’s “slurp-ability.”
Shoyu Cabbage Soup
Humble cabbage takes center stage in this vegetarian ramen-inspired soup.
Caraway Cabbage Chips with Dill Yogurt
Green cabbage makes for our new favorite vegetable chip (sorry, kale)—especially when sprinkled with toasted caraway and dipped in tangy yogurt.
Pork Nachos With Red Cabbage and Wonton Chips
Coat seared ground pork in a Thai-inspired glaze, then scatter over fried wonton wrappers, and pile on the nacho treatment with two kinds of cheese, pickled jalapeños, and a shredded cabbage and cilantro salad.
Kimchi-Style Sautéed Cabbage
When you don’t have time to ferment, but you do have a head of cabbage, this dish will provide the flavors you crave (minus the tang) in as little as 5 minutes. Spoon the warm relish over pork chops or fish.
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Blackened Cabbage with Kelp Brown Butter
The initial charring of the cabbage is key: Be brave. If you think you’ve made a terrible mistake and burned dinner, you’re doing something right.
Iceberg and Cabbage Slaw
Shredded iceberg lettuce makes this buttermilk-dressed slaw extra crisp, extra juicy, and totally refreshing.
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Tomato and Cabbage Tabbouleh
A proper tabbouleh will be mainly vegetables and herbs, with just a smattering of bulgur threaded through.
Roasted Cabbage and Apples with Italian Sausage
The classic sausage and cabbage combo is lightened up with some apples and red wine vinegar. We like a spicy turkey sausage for this dish, but any links you have on hand will do.
Herby Napa Cabbage Salad with Lime
There’s nothing more bright and refreshing than a zesty cabbage slaw, especially when dressed with both vinegar and fresh citrus (in this case, that means lime juice).
Spicy Chicken and Cabbage Salad
This ultra versatile chicken salad packs tons of flavor and texture—not to mention lots of nutrients—making it a delicious, healthy recipe.
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Family-Style Fish Tacos
Surprised to see so many bright, juicy iterations of slaw among our best cabbage recipes? We’re not. This last one is super simple (just shredded green cabbage, salt, and lime juice). Use it to top slow-roasted fish tacos, one of our go-to weeknight dinners.
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