Fried Cabbage Recipe

Monday, April 20, 2020
This fried cabbage recipe is so easy, economical and one of our family's favorite side dishes.

The cabbage is sauteed in water and just a few tablespoons of oil and quickly stir-fried to even keep the calories down.

At the end with the addition of a little soy sauce is stirred in for one of the tastiest ways to eat cabbage.

I love quick and easy recipes like this one and if I do have any leftovers it's the perfect filling for
hot pockets (or use wonton wrappers)for making another fun meal just by adding some leftover chicken, beef or hamburger.

We love cabbage in so many recipes like ham and cabbage with potatoes, stuffed cabbage rolls, and a favorite mandarin coleslaw so we always have this wonderous vegetable on hand because it's so versatile.

I love to add the addition of crispy bacon and carrots for flavor also, but keep it mostly low in calories by not adding the meat.

If you would like this recipe just scroll all the way down to the printable card below at the bottom of this posting.

this is a sauteed cabbage side dish with carrots on a white plate

this is fried cabbage with soy sauce on a white dish with basil and a fork on the plate

Healthy Cabbage

This is not the usual kind of stir fry since the cabbage is very tender not crisp, it's certainly versatile if you would like a stir-fried style cabbage.

The wilted style cabbage is soft and almost buttery in flavor without using all the calories.

Cabbage is a great side dish with any meat you serve and quick and easy to make!

You can even add the meats to the pan but I prefer to cook them separately for those who aren't meat eaters in the family.

Southern-style cabbage is to add bacon fat and crumbled bacon to flavor the cabbage and no soy sauce as this is just an Asian style with a little soy sauce for flavor, but this recipe tastes great sauteed with nothing else added to keep it healthy and low in calories.

Another method of cooking this cabbage is by baking it in wedges in foil packets and delicious.

Just add a little salt, pepper, olive oil on the cabbage wedge and bake it on 400 degrees until it's soft and wilted.

Easy peasy, after it's cooked there are no pans to wash just throw away the foil packet!

I usually do that for Hobo Meals.

this is cabbage sauteed with soy sauce for an easy side dish

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Fried Cabbage

Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements

  • head of cabbage sliced in long shreds washed
  • canola oil or other you prefer for frying
  • water
  • soy sauce
  • freshly minced garlic
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • Optional: finely sliced carrots, snap peas, regular peas, corn, broccoli, or any other vegetables you like
  • If using meats add: cooked crumbled bacon, chopped cooked ham, cubed, boneless pork, boneless chicken, steak, venison, lamb, kielbasa, hotdogs or any other kinds of meat you like

this is cabbage sliced up with carrots and sauteed with in a wok

Tool Needed To Make Fried Cabbage

  1. Sharp knife
  2. Cutting board
  3. Deep frying pan or wok
  4. Measuring spoons and measuring cups
  5. Large wooden spoon for stirring

this is sliced cabbage

More Cabbage Recipes To Try:

Ham Cabbage and White Bean Soup
Stuffed Cabbage Soup
Cabbage Rolls
Vegetable Stir Fry Medley
Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage

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this is a pin for later side dish using cabbage and carrots

Fast and Easy Side Dish

If you love easy side dishes like I do this Fried Cabbage is the perfect recipe.

I love making this because it's so quick and easy, anyone who loves cabbage knows already how healthy this vegetable is full of Vitamin C and K plus it's so low in calories!

Not only is it healthy but very low in price and some folks even grow this wonderous vegetable themselves.

Cabbage is such versatile vegetable and used in so many recipes, hope you will give it a try.

Fried Cabbage Recipe

Fried Cabbage Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 35 M
This is an easy economical side dish made with freshly chopped green cabbage sauteed with carrots that is the perfect side dish and healthy for those also counting calories, This versatile vegetable can have many additions added for a whole meal.


  • 1/2 head of cabbage sliced in long shreds washed 
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil or other you prefer for frying
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce or more to taste 
  • 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • Optional: finely sliced carrots, snap peas, regular peas, corn,  broccoli, or any other vegetables you like
  • If using cooked meats add:  cooked crumbled bacon, chopped cooked ham, cubed, boneless pork,  boneless chicken, steak, venison, lamb, kielbasa, hotdogs or any other kinds of meat you like,


How to cook Fried Cabbage Recipe

  1. In a deep frying pan or wok, heat the oil to medium heat and add the garlic washed cabbage, carrots (or any other vegetables using). salt, pepper to taste and water.
  2. Let this simmer until the desired way you prefer vegetables for us it's around 20 minutes and the cabbage is wilted.
  3. Stir in the soy sauce and cooked meats if using. 
  4. This recipe is perfect if you have any leftovers as a filling for wonton wrappers, hot pockets or perfect with a pork roast as a side dish.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally posted to this blog 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. Your cat hidden in the box is very nice. And this recipe is very tasty, I love cauliflower. Bye, have a good day

  2. Hi this make me interest and would love to try this recipe...instead of shredding can I use a blender to make it more smooth?

  3. This is a tasty way to prepare cabbage and to get those non cabbage people to eat it! I have never seen any type of recipe like this-only from the kitchen imagination of Claudia! Well done, my friend!

  4. Not sure if my comment saved here. Your cat is adorable!
    This is a great recipe for those who do not eat cabbage, for you have made it into a creamy side dish-which is not only tasty but unique. Never seen anything even close to this recipe-only from the creative mind of Claudia! Well done, my friend.

  5. Cabbage is so underrated - delicious! That photo is adorable.

  6. Aw, Fonzo is so sweet!!! And love the idea of a baked cabbage dish...yum!

  7. Cabbage is hard to make look pretty -- the paprika sure helped! -- but it sure is tasty! This cabbage dish is great comfort food.

  8. Fonzo is ADORABLE!! I appreciate a good cabbage recipe and this looks like one of them. I've never used sour cream with it so I'm curious to try adding it sometime. Thanks for sharing Claudia! Have a good one! =]

  9. Such a pretty kitty! And a delicious casserole! Don't think I ever had baked cabbage before. Love the idea.

  10. I have come to appreciate the merits of cabbage in my middle-aged and this would be grand with some kielbasa. What is it about cats and boxes? I have more photos of Pip-in-a-box! So cute!

  11. Fonzo is just adorable! his dish sounds really tasty, I don't think I have ever had bakes cabbage before.

  12. What a delicious way to enjoy cabbage. Fonzo is the cutest!

  13. Very intriguing - I've never had creamy baked cabbage the way you describe it. I love cabbage, so I am sure I'd devour it anyways, but how fascinating! :)

  14. Fonzo is adorable! And this cabbage looks delicious! I have never thought about making it this way, thanks for sharing!

  15. Your cat is too cute! And this cabbage dish sounds fantastic =)

  16. Say hi to Fonzo. Just adorable.

    I made the cabbage and we loved it. I like to make new dishes with cabbage so thanks to you, I could do that.

  17. thought i would let you know i googled cabbage recipes and recognized the author of this post. i clicked through to say awesome that you are showing up on google.

  18. This is the perfect side dish. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  19. This is one of my favorite ways to eat cabbage. It's super easy, tastes great, and is really healthy!


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