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Sautéed Cabbage

Stop right now. Don’t even think about boiling that cabbage. This easy sautéed cabbage is easily the best way to cook cabbage. Infused with garlic and caraway seeds, this simple cabbage recipe takes this humble vegetable to a new level and creates a side dish worthy of your favorite corned beef.

A close up of a serving bowl of sautéed cabbage with a spoon resting in the bowl.

What I love about sautéed cabbage

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I’m already dreaming of baked corned beef and a slice of my favorite Guinness cake. So I wanted to share this easy side dish recipe so you can make the most of your totally-not-actually Irish corned beef and cabbage meal.

This cabbage recipe would really well with a bourbon glazed ham or roasted chicken thighs, too. Throw in some dairy free mashed potatoes and you’ve got yourself a complete meal.

No matter what you serve it with, this cabbage recipe is incredible, and you’ll never go back to boiling again.

A cast iron skillet of sautéed cabbage.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this sautéed cabbage recipe

How to cook sautéed cabbage on the stove

Slice the cabbage. Make sure your cabbage is thinly sliced. I like to cut my head of cabbage into quarters and then slice it thinly.

Start with the seasoning. Heat a large skillet to medium high and add olive oil. When it’s warmed, sauté the garlic and caraway seeds until fragrant. This only takes about 30 seconds or so. Keep an eye on it so you don’t end up burning the garlic.

Sauté the cabbage. Next, add the cabbage and season with salt & pepper. Sauté the cabbage until softened, stirring as need to prevent it from burning.

Close up of sautéed cabbage in a cast iron skillet.

FAQs about the best way to cook cabbage

How long is sautéed cabbage good for?

You should place leftovers in an air tight container and store in the fridge. The cabbage should stay good for about 5-7 days.

How do I prepare cabbage for cooking.

To clean the cabbage you will want to chop off the base of the cabbage head first. Chop into quarters and run under cold water. Separate the leaves and rinse well to make sure there are no little pests or dirt remaining.

How long do you cook cabbage for?

When you sauté cabbage you are going to cook it for about 10-15 minutes. You are looking for the leaves to become tender, but you dont want to cook it past tender or it will become mushy.

A close up of sautéed cabbage on a plate.

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Sauteed Cabbage


  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This easy sautéed cabbage is easily the best way to cook cabbage. Infused with garlic and caraway seeds, this simple cabbage recipe takes this humble vegetable to a new level and creates a side dish worthy of your favorite corned beef.


Ingredients

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  • 1 small head cabbage, thinly sliced or shredded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or melted vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 11 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice cabbage into thin slices. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet to medium high heat.
  3. Sauté garlic and caraway seeds until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add sliced cabbage to skillet and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Sauté cabbage until softened, stirring as needed. 
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Irish

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 117
  • Sugar: 10.9 g
  • Sodium: 713.2 mg
  • Fat: 3.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.6 g
  • Fiber: 6.2 g
  • Protein: 4.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: sauteed cabbage, sauteed cabbage recipe, best way to cook cabbage, how to cook cabbage on the stove

Last Updated on April 4, 2022 by Melissa Belanger

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