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23 Savory Cabbage Recipes To Expand Your Culinary Horizon

23 Savory Cabbage Recipes To Expand Your Culinary Horizon

Do you love cabbage? Or are you one of those who despise it? Whatever side you are, these savory cabbage recipes will change the way you look at the humble vegetable
Cabbage and its cruciferous cousins’ kale and broccoli are a few of the wholesome vegetables available in the market today. 

Despite its popularity, some people don’t want to eat this crunchy vegetable (raise your hand if you’re one of them). 

Why? Who knows!

But one thing that I’m sure about is—cabbage is more versatile than you think. 

Sauté it, roast it, grill or boil it—the possibilities when it comes to this vegetable are pretty endless.

So to change your view about the vegetable, let me present to you our epic compilation of savory cabbage recipes featuring our favorites—Caramelized Cabbage And Onion Pasta and Spicy Szechuan Cabbage Stir Fry.

This list doesn’t just center on coleslaw; it features a plethora of dishes that can expand your culinary horizon and change the way you see everything about cabbage. 

#22 entry will take your cabbage game to the next level!

These cabbage pancakes (or okonomiyaki) are savory and delicious enough to make everyone say, “where did you get this recipe?”

Finish them with a drizzle of sriracha mayo, sesame seeds, sliced green onion, kimchi, or whatever your heart desires.

This recipe is straightforward yet impressive—the cabbage heads are sliced and roasted until tender with tempting caramelized inside and crispy outside. 

The secret to keeping cabbage from tasting bitter is to season the vegetable with sugar, salt, and lemon before cooking.

Everything is better with bacon, and this cabbage-based dish proves it!

Every bite is full of buttery and savory indulgence with a pleasant, pungent taste from garlic. 

To enjoy, serve it with chicken and golden roast potatoes.

Bring this cabbage soup to your family table after 30 minutes, and expect to receive some pats in the back from your loved ones. 

Comforting and laden with umami flavor, the soup also calls for ground pork, carrots, russet potatoes, and shiitake mushrooms.

Bring this cabbage soup to your family table after 30 minutes, and expect to receive some pats in the back from your loved ones. 

Comforting and laden with umami flavor, the soup also calls for ground pork, carrots, russet potatoes, and shiitake mushrooms.

Imagine indulging cabbage leaves filled with minced meat, seasoned with thyme, nutmeg, and curry, then served along with freshly cooked rice. 

Oh my!

The wholesome recipe is customizable. 

Don’t get intimidated to experiment with different types of minced meats and seasonings.

If you’re sniping for curly cabbage recipes that are laden with creamy goodness, then your search is over!  

Savoy cabbage, heavy cream, onion, and butter work together in this flavor-packed side dish destined to amaze. 

Its creaminess is undoubtedly perfect for ham or any sausage-based main dish. 

Feel free to replace heavy cream with milk.

Who would ever think that this savoy cabbage gratin takes 15 minutes of prep work? 

Yes, the oven does the rest. 

This incredibly tender, rich, and savory gratin is so heavenly that you’ll want to sop it up with crust bread. 

Its texture is topnotch, too!

Aha! Another worthy cabbage dish featuring bacon. 

This sauteed cabbage and bacon recipe can be served as a main dish or side—you choose!

The humble cabbage is cooked to perfection in a large skillet then tossed with some slices of cooked bacon alongside fresh lemon juice.

Add elegance to your dinner table by serving these delectable savoy cabbage wedges. 

This recipe uses the sous vide cooking method to offer even browning of the winter vegetable. 

Once the wedges are cooked, sear them in butter, then serve. 

This classic recipe for cabbage rolls is made with grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, pork meat, and of course—the star of the show—savoy cabbage. 

As for the cooking method, you can opt for these savory rolls cooked in a pot, oven, steamer, or skillet.

Savory, sweet, and heart at the same time, this caramelized cabbage and onion pasta will be your next favorite comfort food!

The dish is surprisingly easy to make. 

Simply caramelize onions and cabbage, then combine with vegan bacon and cooked pasta—you’re done.

As the temperature drops, there’s nothing quite like this cozy chicken soup to warm you up. 

And thanks to the sweet potatoes and cabbage, the soup hits the spot. 

The broth bursts with robust flavors coming from bay leaves, cloves, and black peppercorns. 

Whip up this easy-to-make yet scrumptious Irish roast beef and cabbage stew for a comforting weeknight dinner. 

It’s bound to please everyone!

Just throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker, then let it cook for up to two hours. 

Or go to the faster route and try cooking the stew on the stove.

This succulent sautéed cabbage has a savory note and excellent texture, thanks to paprika, cabbage, and shredded carrots.

Finish the dish off with fresh parsley to make it visually appealing, then pair it with mashed potatoes or some cooked rice.

This brunch favorite never gets old. The recipe requires sauteing finely shredded cabbage with garlic until caramelized, then mixed with eggs.

You can serve up this recipe with a bowl of quinoa salad, cilantro lime rice, or how about a baked sweet potato?

This cabbage rice is filled with the traditional flavors of Chinese fried rice, thanks to the inclusion of sesame oil and soy sauce.

Serve the recipe immediately or store it in the fridge for five days. 

Reheat the fried rice in a pan or microwave when ready to serve. 

This Southern favorite gets a creamy texture from a can of condensed cream of chicken, mayonnaise, and sharp cheddar cheese. 

Meanwhile, the crushed Ritz crackers offer an addicting texture nuance. 

Its golden hue and buttery taste are worth dying for!

This isn’t your typical boring vegetable stir fry, the dish is deliciously hot, bold, and filling—trust me. 

Its spiciness comes from chili peppers and Szechuan pepper. Adding the soy sauce and Chinese vinegar to the mixture lends an interesting Asian finish. 

Boiled cabbage isn’t dull, especially when you add the smokiness of the bacon. 

Oh-la-la, bacon supremacy!

In case you’re opting for an adventure, consider adding a dash of red pepper flakes during the last five minutes of cooking for a spicy kick. 

Still, confused about what to do with cabbage? Then this inexpensive and delish spicy yellow Indian cabbage should clear your mind! 

The mustard seed tadka gives the flavor base, which then unites with turmeric, garlic, cayenne, and shredded green cabbage. 

Cooking them together results in a flavorful, vibrantly colored side.

Hurry and take a culinary trip to Israel with this traditional unstuffed sweet and sour cabbage recipe. 

The dish is so filling and suitable for a cold winter’s day! 

You can use vinegar in place of lemon juice in this recipe. 

The best part? Meatballs!

The bottom line

Thanks to its versatility and distinctive flavor, many things to make. 

Now I’m in high hopes that you change the way you think about cabbage after you read this list post. 

If you’re in doubt, choose a few of these recipes and give them a shot! 

After all, you won’t lose anything if you try them, right? 

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Here is our compilation of 23 savory cabbage recipes—unlock all of them to expand your culinary horizons!


  • Red Cabbage Slaw
  • Cabbage Pancakes
  • Cabbage Steaks
  • Savoy Cabbage With Bacon And Garlic
  • Sweet And Savory Cabbages
  • Pork And Napa Cabbage Soup
  • Cabbage Parcels
  • German Creamy Savoy Cabbage
  • Savoy Cabbage Gratin
  • Sautéed Cabbage And Bacon
  • Simple Sous Vide Savoy Cabbage Wedges
  • Savoy Cabbage Rolls
  • Caramelized Cabbage And Onion Pasta
  • Chicken Soup With Sweet Potatoes And Cabbage
  • Irish Roast And Cabbage Stew
  • Cabbage with Chicken
  • Cabbage And Eggs
  • Cabbage Fried Rice
  • Old-Fashioned Cabbage Casserole
  • Spicy Szechuan Cabbage Stir Fry
  • Boiled Cabbage With Bacon
  • Spicy Yellow Indian Cabbage
  • Unstuffed Sweet And Sour Cabbage With Meatballs


  1. Choose two or more savory cabbage recipes from this list post. 
  2. Gather the ingredients for each recipe and start cooking.
  3. Pat yourself at the back and serve them to your loved ones. 
  4. Wait until you see their reaction. 

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