Photo: Aya Brackett; Styling: Amy Wilson
Total Time
35 Mins
Makes about 5 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Wilting the cabbage briefly brings out its color and flavor, and softens it. This recipe is based on one in Deborah Madison's book Vegetable Literacy (Ten Speed Press, 2013). She likes to add small mint leaves right before serving--they're aromatic and cheerful.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. When hot, add onions, turn to coat, and cook 1 minute to sear and soften. Remove 2 tbsp. onion rings for garnish and set aside. Stir in garlic, then cabbage and 1 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until evenly but barely wilted, about 2 minutes.

Step 2

Remove pan from heat. Cut lemon in half and squeeze in about 2 1/2 tbsp. juice. Taste and add more if you like. Toss with herbs, more salt if needed, and plenty of pepper.

Step 3

Transfer cabbage to a platter, mounding it in a heap, and sprinkle with reserved onion rings and the small mint leaves.

Step 4

Make ahead: Sliced cabbage, up to 1 day; finished dish, up to 2 hours (except for garnish, which should be last minute).

Ratings & Reviews

DebLaJuice's Review

April 02, 2014
This is very easy and super tasty. I'd rate it a 5 except that cabbage isn't generally a favorite of everyone. 3 T of oil might be a bit much for me but otherwise really good flavor and red cabbage is full of healthy compounds. YUM!