25+ Cheap and Easy Cabbage Recipes
Trying to eat better or stretch your budget this year? Let cabbage be your unsung hero this winter. Not only is the vegetable super affordable and shockingly high in vitamin C and fiber, but cabbage also aids digestion and will adapt to any cooking method: braising, roasting, boiling, grilling, you name it. Whether it's a side or your main dish, these cabbage recipes are here to bulk up your nutritional intake and keep you wanting more.
Cabbage Salad with Miso Vinaigrette
Fresh cabbage is all about crunch; the more texture, the better. Napa cabbage can absorb bold vinaigrettes without losing its crisp bite. Carrots, red onion, and daikon radish add even more crunch to the salad.
Orange-Almond Chicken-and-Cabbage Bowls
Make these low-calorie, no-cook bowls ahead for an easy lunch or dinner when time is tight. Change up the fruit, nut, or protein for whatever you have on hand.
Milanesa de Pollo with Jicama Slaw
“Milanesa” refers to a cut of meat that’s pounded very thin, breaded, and fried—in other words, it’s grade-A comfort food. Here, we went with one of the more popular proteins for this traditional dish to make crispy chicken milanesa, and topped it off with a vibrant, fresh slaw for a pop of freshness and color. This flavor-packed red cabbage and jicama slaw is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket as it’d make a most excellent topper or side dish for any number of occasions—from taco night to your next big backyard cookout.
Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Enjoy all of the rich, warm flavors of traditional corned beef and cabbage in a fraction of the time—not to mention, with a fraction of the clean-up—with this flavor-packed recipe developed specifically for the Instant Pot. Our easy Instant Pot corned beef recipe is sure to be a fast family favorite. Serve this hearty dish with plenty of crusty bread for sopping up the rich juices. Any leftover meat makes for amazing next-day corned beef sandwiches.
Sesame Cabbage and Mushrooms
We love the Chinese takeout feel of this speedy side, with meaty shiitakes, soy sauce, sesame, and crisp-tender stir-fried cabbage.
Mexican Hot Dog
This isn’t your average hot dog. Adding avocado, red cabbage, and green onion slices adds the crunchiness, creaminess, and zing you didn’t know your frank was missing. Best of all, these Mexican hot dogs feel special, but only take 20 minutes to come together, making them perfect for a hectic weeknight dinner.
Cabbage Okonomiyaki (Pancakes)
Find togarashi (also called Japanese seven spice) at Asian markets.
Sweet and Sour Roasted Napa Cabbage Wedges
Caramelizing cabbage under the broiler draws out its natural sugars and deepens the flavor of the glaze. Preheat the roasting pan to jump-start the browning process.
Red Cabbage Agrodolce with Dried Cherries
This sweet-and-sour cabbage side will perk up any pot roast or pork loin. Plump dried cherries are the tart, hidden gems in the dish. A little butter rounds out the acidity and helps bind everything together.
Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Orange and Caraway
These slow-roasted wedges will make a cabbage convert out of anyone and are a beautiful first course sub for the usual appetizer salad. Leave the core intact so the wedges hold their shape.
Spicy Cabbage Salad
Baja Fish Tacos
Beef and Bok Choy Hot Pot
You'll need a fork and a spoon to enjoy this meal. You can use most any greens in place of the bok choy, including spinach or Napa cabbage.
Cajun Catfish Wraps with Slaw
This crispy, spicy catfish makes the perfect companion to the vegetable crunch of the mellow cabbage slaw.
Sweet-and-Sour Beet, Cabbage, and Tomato Soup
This soup may be familiar as the Polish and Russian soup called borscht. Serve it either hot or cold. Substitute celery for celeriac, if you prefer.
Braised Cabbage with Apple and Bacon
Humble cabbage is an affordable and easy holiday side. Make it more elegant by braising red cabbage with apple slices. Adding bacon makes it delicious.
If you like your cabbage a little crisp and with a bite, serve up Chile-Garlic Cabbage. Feel free to substitute Sriracha sauce or another chili paste if you can't find sambal oelek.
Autumn Cabbage Slaw
This easy Autumn Apple Slaw is a perfect side dish. This recipe has to cook for a while, but you'll only be working for about 15 minutes.
Pork Loin Braised with Cabbage
Pork is typically served with cabbage at the German table. Use red cabbage, if you like, for slightly sweeter flavor. You can prepare the dish a day ahead, and chill overnight. Cut the pork loin into 1/4-inch slices. Gently reheat the meat in cabbage mixture in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat.
This simple, creamy potato soup gets extra flavor with the addition of Savoy cabbage, scallions, and garlic.
Wilted Cabbage with Toasted Cumin
Savoy cabbage has crinkled, pale green leaves and mellow flavor; you can also use napa (Chinese) cabbage, which has a similarly mild taste. Look for sherry vinegar in specialty or gourmet stores; if you can't find it, substitute cider vinegar.
Brussels Sprouts and Sautéed Cabbage
This quick, healthy side will pair well with any protein for a wholesome dinner.
Red Cabbage Stir-Fry with Coconut
At her restaurant, Asha Gomez tops a cabbage stir-fry with fresh coconut, a Keralan staple. Home cooks can substitute shredded dried coconut (not sweetened) for the fresh kind; it's easier to find in stores.
Full of flavor and crunch, serve Jalapeño-Cabbage Slaw for a zesty side dish or topping to your favorite fish tacos.
Carrot, Cabbage, and Apple Slaw with Cumin Lime Dressing
You can find preshredded carrots and cabbage along with the bagged salads in the produce section.
Cabbage and Radish Couscous
This couscous combines the fresh flavors of cabbage, radishes, and salsa fresca to make a tasty side dish.
Thai Beef-and-Cabbage Salad
This refreshing Southeast Asian salad, also called larb, is a great use for leftover burgers.