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Quick and Delicious Sautéed Cabbage Recipe

Quick and Delicious Sautéed Cabbage Recipe

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Learn how to cook this mouth-watering sautéed cabbage dish in just minutes. It’s the perfect quick, delicious, and healthy side dish.

Are you looking for a quick, delicious, and healthy addition to your next meal? Look no further than sautéed cabbage.

Cabbage is inexpensive, versatile, and full of nutrients, making it a fantastic canvas for a wide range of flavor profiles.

Whether you’re a busy home cook or a devoted food enthusiast, this sautéed cabbage recipe is about to become your new go-to.

With just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, you can whip up a delightful dish that will have your family and friends asking for seconds.

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Why Sautéed Cabbage Should Be in Your Meal Rotation

Cabbage is one of the most underrated vegetables, in my opinion.

But there are plenty of reasons why cabbage should have a permanent spot in your meal rotation.

Cabbage is affordable – This makes it a budget-friendly vegetable choice for any household.

Also, a single head of cabbage can last a long time in the fridge, so you won’t have to worry about it spoiling before you can enjoy it.

Cabbage is versatile – You can enjoy cabbage as a delicious component of a myriad of cuisines.

Growing up in South Florida, I ate cabbage quite regularly.

I would often have steamed cabbage with Jamaican cuisine or sauteed cabbage with Sunday dinner, usually accompanied by a protein with gravy and cornbread.

You can even toss raw cabbage In with your favorite salads. There are so many ways to enjoy this humble vegetable.

Cabbage is highly nutritious – Especially when pickled or fermented for sauerkraut or pikliz.

Sautéed Cabbage Ingredients

For this basic recipe, you’ll need:

  • 1 head of cabbage
  • Onion
  • Carrot
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Cayenne
  • Sugar
  • Thyme

How to Cut Cabbage

To start, remove the tougher outer leaves of the cabbage.

Then, cut the head of the cabbage in half through the core.

Remove the core from each half by cutting it out at an angle.

Slice the cabbage halves into thin strips, approximately 1/4 inch wide, for quick and even cooking.

You can use a mandoline slicer to achieve perfectly even sliced cabbage.

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How to Sauté Cabbage

Sauté the Cabbage: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, cabbage, and carrot to the pan and season with salt, garlic, sugar, red pepper flakes, and cayenne.

Cook, stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes or until the cabbage is tender to your liking.

Finish and Serve: Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Serve hot and enjoy!

Sautéed Cabbage

Tips for Perfectly Sautéed Cabbage

Sautéing cabbage is an effortless process, but a few tips can ensure that you end up with a dish that is perfect every time:

  • Use a large skillet to ensure the cabbage has plenty of room to cook evenly without overcrowding.
  • Season your cabbage liberally and taste it as you cook it. This is the best way to season it to your liking perfectly.

Taking these extra steps will help you achieve sautéed cabbage perfection.

Sautéed Cabbage

Sautéed Cabbage

Yield: 6-8

Learn how to cook this mouth-watering sautéed cabbage dish in just minutes. It's the perfect quick, delicious, and healthy side dish.


  • 1 head of cabbage, washed and sliced
  • Carrot (optional, adds color and sweet crunch)
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • minced garlic or garlic powder to taste
  • pinch of sugar
  • thyme (fresh or dried)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the sliced onion and carrot and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they begin to soften.
  2. Add the sliced cabbage to the skillet. Sprinkle with salt, red pepper flakes, cayenne, garlic, dried thyme, and sugar. Toss everything together using tongs or a large spoon to ensure the cabbage is well coated with the seasonings and olive oil.
  3. Allow the cabbage to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10-15 minutes. The goal is to achieve a tender texture that retains a bit of crunch. Adjust the heat as necessary to prevent any burning while still encouraging some light caramelization.
  4. Taste the sautéed cabbage and adjust the seasoning with additional salt or spices to your preference. Once you're satisfied with the flavor and texture, remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

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