10+ Tasty Cabbage Recipes You’ll Love

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These cabbage recipes will give you lots of inspiration on what to do with a head of cabbage! From nourishing soups to hearty salads, and everything in between, cabbage is undoubtedly a versatile ingredient in the kitchen.

Cabbage steaks with red pepper tahini sauce

Why Cabbage Should Be Part of Your Diet

Cruciferous vegetables always have a place in my kitchen, especially cabbage. One head of cabbage, whether it’s green or red, will take you far not just in the variety of recipes you can make, but also health-wise!

And if that doesn’t convince you, how about this – fresh cabbage will keep for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. So whenever you need a nutrient-dense, veggie-heavy meal, put that head of cabbage to use. Here are a few reasons why I love cabbage:

  • It’s relatively inexpensive. Given how many servings one head of cabbage produces, it’s relatively inexpensive. One small head can serve up to 6 people on its own. And when you add other ingredients in a soup or stir-fry, it can serve up to 8!
  • It’s extremely versatile. Lots of vegetables are considered versatile. But cabbage is quite unique with how many different types there are. You can roll and stuff it, sauté the leaves, roast in wedges, and so much more!
  • A great anti-inflammatory ingredient. Like many cruciferous vegetables, cabbage has a variety of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. So if you have an autoimmune disease, gut disorder or other inflammatory conditions, it’s a good idea to incorporate more cabbage into your diet (after checking with your doctor of course).
  • Nutrient and vitamin powerhouse. Cabbage leaves are bountiful in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, fiber, folate, and iron. So yes, cabbage is a powerful, healthy meal.

Best Cabbage Recipes

There are many ways to cook cabbage, but to get you started, let’s highlight a few classic cabbage recipes. These are staple recipes that should all be in regular rotation in your kitchen, depending on the season.

Cabbage soup in a bowl on a table.

Cabbage Soup: When you need a light, nourishing, and healthy soup to sip on, you can always count on this classic cabbage soup.

Corned Beef and cabbage and horseradish sauce on a plate

Corned Beef and Cabbage: The Irish sure do love their cabbage! And this comforting Irish meal is just what you need to cozy up to on a cold day.

Coleslaw in a white bowl.

Classic Coleslaw: A refreshing, creamy coleslaw is a must-make recipe when you’ve got a head of cabbage. I’ve even got the best coleslaw dressing for you!

Vinegar based coleslaw in a white bowl.

Vinegar Coleslaw: If you’re not a fan of creamy coleslaw, whip up this fresh and tangy no-mayo version. Plus, it has shredded carrots for extra veggies and a hint of sweetness!

A pan with fried cabbage and a large serving spoon on a table.

Fried Cabbage: This is a personal favorite, because let’s be honest, bacon makes everything better. But there’s also hints of stone ground mustard and paprika that really elevates sautéed cabbage to the next level.

Sauteed cabbage in a pan on a table.

Sautéed Cabbage: This is a simpler recipe than fried cabbage. All you need are butter (or ghee), garlic, and onions to perfectly caramelize cabbage in this super easy side dish.

Cabbage Sides and Salads

These cabbage sides and salads prove just how versatile cabbage can be. You can shred it into the most amazing slaws, slice it into cabbage steaks spooned with savory sauces, or thinly slice pieces for a subtle crunch in your favorite salad.

Cabbage steaks on a sheet pan

Cabbage Steaks: Roast cabbage steaks in the oven for crispy, caramelized edges, and a super tender inside. They’re endlessly versatile with toppings – check out the recipe for a bunch of ideas!

Pulled pork, cabbage and arugula salad with citrus lime vinaigrette. A hearty, flavorful and healthy salad recipe.

Pulled Pork, Cabbage, and Arugula Salad: Sliced red cabbage adds a bright pop of purple and crunch to this savory pulled pork salad.

Sweet potato noodles salad is a combination of spiralized sweet potato noodles, cabbage, lentils, sautéed onions and Swiss chard. It's topped off with fresh herbs, toasted pine nuts and a zesty Dijon vinaigrette.

Warm Sweet Potato Noodles, Cabbage, and Lentil Salad: This is a super hearty, veggie-heavy salad, with a vegetarian protein boost. Perfect for fall and winter months!

Cilantro lime bacon coleslaw in a large white bowl with a spoon.

Cilantro Lime Bacon Coleslaw: This cilantro lime spin on coleslaw (with savory bacon bits) works so well in shrimp tacos, or on it’s own as a side dish.

For more veggie inspiration, check out my best zucchini recipes, sweet potato recipes, and best vegetarian recipes!

This is just a starting point to many more delicious cabbage recipes to come! And if you happen to give any of these a try, I’d love to hear what you think in a comment below!

Cabbage Recipes

10+ Tasty Cabbage Recipes You’ll Love

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Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


The most unique and tasty set of cabbage recipes that will prove why this vegetable should be a fridge staple! This pulled pork, cabbage, and arugula salad is one of my personal favorites.



  • Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and drizzle the citrus lime vinaigrette over everything. Toss it all together and serve!


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 2533IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cabbage Recipes
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Recipe roundup originally posted January 2002, but updated to include new recipes.

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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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