This simple and easy-to-prepare Sautéed Cabbage will make you LOVE cabbage! You may think you don’t like cabbage, but when it is sautéed with ginger and garlic and accented with chili flakes, it will be a new favorite. It’s a great way to inject some flavor into this vegetable and makes a delicious side dish to any main.

Cooked ribbons of cabbage in a large cast iron pan.

This recipe comes together quickly. Cabbage doesn’t take very long to cook – this sautéed cabbage recipe recommends cooking for 15-20 minutes. It may differ depending on the heat you use and the type of cabbage, so a good marker is to observe when the leaves have wilted.

Shredded cabbage is easy and simple, though the perfect technique for shredding your cabbage can take time to master. It helps to have a large chef’s knife for slicing the cabbage (good knives are a great investment for better meal preparation!). Start with a full head of washed cabbage, slicing it into even halves and then quarters. To slice the cabbage into ribbons safely, place the flat part of the already cut quarter on the chopping board and use your knife to cut the quarter into thin strips.

Sautéed Cabbage Ingredients

Labeled ingredients like cabbage and ginger on a marble countertop.

I have used this recipe with green cabbage, savoy cabbage (photographed here), napa cabbage, and even purple cabbage. It comes out great with all the different types of cabbage, but they each have different cooking times. The purple cabbage takes the longest.

How to Make Sautéed Cabbage

To start, heat your avocado oil in the sauté pan over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Cook these for 1-2 minutes.

A large cast iron pan with spices and garlic sauteed in it.

Prepare your cabbage by thinly slicing one head of cabbage into ribbons. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and add the cabbage and soy sauce to the pan. Cook all together, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage has wilted – this should take 15 to 20 minutes.

Chopped up cabbage next to a hand pouring soy sauce over sauteed cabbage.

Now your cabbage is ready to serve!

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Sautéed Cabbage Recipe

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You may think you don't like cabbage, but when it is sauteed with ginger and garlic and accented with chili flakes, it will be a new favorite.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4
Calories: 129kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cabbage thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil or other flavorless oil

Instructions

  • Heat the avocado oil over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Cook 1-2 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low. Add the cabbage and soy sauce. Cook until wilted, 15-20 minutes.

Notes

I have used this recipe with green cabbage, savoy cabbage (photographed here), napa cabbage, and even purple cabbage. It comes out great with all the different types of cabbage, but they each have different cook times. The purple cabbage takes the longest.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 552mg | Potassium: 414mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 370IU | Vitamin C: 83.6mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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