If you need some inspiring new ways to use cabbage, you’ll love this collection of 41 Best Cabbage Recipes! Recipes include cabbage soup, coleslaw, casserole and salads, and the post also includes handy information on the different varieties, how to cut it, health benefits and more!

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I think it’s safe to say that most people only think of St. Patrick’s Day and coleslaw when it comes to cabbage.  I know I was guilty in the past, which is why I chose to feature it in this produce guide. 

I’m inspired to use it a lot more often after working on this guide.  It’s got great health benefits, and it’s extremely versatile, which makes it very easy to incorporate into a wide variety of recipes. It’s absolutely delicious when it’s raw or cooked!

Growing up, I was exposed to cabbage once a year on St. Patrick’s Day.  It was pressure cooked along with the corned beef and potatoes, so to say that it was overcooked is an understatement. 

My memories of mushy cabbage kept me from eating it more often until I got a lot older.  That’s a shame, because when it’s cooked properly, it’s just as good (or better) than it is raw!

Napa cabbage on a plate with purple and green heads


Different types of cabbage

Cabbage is a member of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and kale.

There are many different types of cabbage, but this guide will focus on the following (4) main varieties:

1. Green cabbage (aka Cannonball).  This is the most common variety.  It’s referred to as “cannonball” because of its compact, round shape.  It has a mild, slightly peppery flavor when raw, but once it’s cooked, the flavor is nice and sweet.

2. Napa cabbage.  This is a Chinese variety.  It’s oblong in shape, with frilly greenish yellow leaves and crisp, white stalks.  It has a soft texture and sweet flavor.

3. Red or purple cabbage.  This variety is dense and round in shape, with a reddish purple color.  The color changes based on the ph level of the soil that it’s grown in, and the flavor is bold and peppery.

4. Savoy cabbage.  This variety is named after the Savoy region of France.  It’s round in shape, with crinkly leaves that are yellowish-white with bright green edges.  It’s crisp yet soft in texture and mild in flavor.
Types of cabbage on a platter

Health benefits of cabbage

Cabbage has so many impressive health benefits, which makes it surprising that this vegetable is often overlooked.

1 cup raw cabbage contains:

22 calories
5.2 grams carbohydrates
1 gram protein
2 grams fiber

It’s also an excellent source of Vitamins C, B6 and K, as well as minerals such as folate and manganese. It can also help reduce inflammation and improve digestion.

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Choosing the right head of cabbage

The head should be firm to the touch, nice and heavy, with healthy, bright leaves that have no discoloration.

How long does cabbage last?

Whole heads will keep longer, so don’t cut it until you’re ready to use it. Store the whole head in a loose plastic bag in the crisper for up to 5 days.

After cutting, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the crisper, or an airtight container for up to 3 days.

How to cut cabbage

It’s extremely easy to cut, especially when following the simple steps below!

1. Remove the stem and cut in half.  The stem may be removed with a regular or paring knife. To cut in half, stand upright on a cutting board and cut down the middle from top to bottom.
2. Remove the core.  Stand upright and cut along the sides of the core in a triangular shape.  It’s much easier to do this with a paring knife.
3. Cut into wedges.  Place cut-side down on the cutting board and cut into (4) wedges.
4. Cut each wedge into strips.  Place the wedge cut-side down and cut into strips.
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Can you freeze cabbage?

Yes, here’s how to freeze cabbage:

1. Remove the outer leaves (they’re very tough) and rinse under running water.
2. Cut the cabbage into wedges.
3. Drop the wedges into boiling water and cook for 3 minutes.
4. After 3 minutes, immediately submerge in ice water.
5. Once cool, thoroughly pat dry.
6. Seal inside a freezer bag, label, and freeze for up to nine months.

How to cook cabbage

There are so many ways to cook cabbage! It’s great in sautés, soups and casseroles, and it can be boiled and even grilled. Refer to the list of easy cabbage recipes below for some ideas on how to cook cabbage. Note that the list contains green and purple cabbage recipes.

Purple cabbage on a platter with other varieties

40+ best cabbage recipes

There are so many cabbage dishes you can make using red, green, napa, or savoy cabbage. Below you’ll find 40+ easy recipes that run the gamut of slaws, casseroles, stir-fries, and more.

For even more inspiration, be sure to check out the cabbage recipes on my site.

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Napa Cabbage Salad with Asian Dressing

Napa Cabbage Salad is crisp, crunchy and utterly addictive! This vegan salad is sweet, savory and tossed in an Asian dressing!
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Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Stuffed cabbage casserole is a delicous version of traditional stuffed cabbage rolls. This deconstructioned “unstuffed” cabbage casserole is so easy to make!
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One-Pot Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Stuffed Cabbage Soup recipe that tastes just like the stuffed cabbage rolls, but done in one pot and in less than 45 minutes. This dish freezes well and is a great way to feed a crowd.
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Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg Roll in a Bowl is the healthy, low carb way to enjoy an egg roll!  It's high in protein, loaded with veggies, and is on the table in 30 minutes!
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How To Make Homemade Sauerkraut in a Mason Jar

Homemade sauerkraut is crunchy and delightfully sour, perfect for topping a round of beer-braised brats or layering into a big sandwich.
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Thai Chicken Cabbage Wraps with Peanut Sauce

A recipe for cabbage wraps with a chicken and mushroom filling, topped with red pepper, mango, cilantro and a drizzle of peanut sauce.
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One-Pan Chicken and Cabbage

Chicken and cabbage is a one pan meal that is healthy and quick. Use it for dinner or meal prep four lunches in under 30 minutes.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage (Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker) made low and slow in the slow cooker or fast in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot!
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Cabbage Soup Recipe

This Cabbage Soup Recipe is comforting, flavorful and packed with nutritious veggies. It's gluten-free, vegan and great for meal prep!
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Fried Cabbage With Bacon

Fried Cabbage With Bacon, with tender cabbage and savory bacon, makes a quick and easy, super flavorful Southern side dish, especially for St. Patrick’s Day.
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Spicy Asian Pork Cabbage Rolls

Spicy Asian Pork Cabbage Rolls are a spicy, Asian-inspired twist on traditional cabbage rolls! Use turkey, chicken, beef or even tofu if you prefer!
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Simple Sautéed Cabbage

Sautéed Cabbage is caramelized cabbage and onions that's packed with flavor.  It's an easy, healthy side dish that comes together in minutes!
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Quick Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe

A one-pan Chinese dish prepared with simple ingredients. Comes together quickly.
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Apple Cabbage Salad with Walnuts and Gorgonzola

This Apple Cabbage Salad with Walnuts and Gorgonzola is a delicious way to add a fresh, crisp element to your holiday menu.
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Lentil and Winter Vegetable Borscht

Classic beet soup with a whole foods twist – vegan borscht with lentils and piles of winter vegetables. The traditional soup is made into a full meal here.
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Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

These Vietnamese spring rolls are fresh, not fried! This veggie-packed recipe is easy to follow, with step-by-step photos. Vegan and easily gluten free.
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Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole Recipe

This Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole Recipe is a great family dinner idea. Full of healthy vegetables and lean protein!
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Jamaican Cabbage Recipe

Jamaican Cabbage is a gluten free side dish that is quick and easy to prepare using just 6 simple ingredients and loaded with the flavors of the Caribbean.
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Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

Simple and easy, 4-ingredient, crunchy, sweet and sour salad. It’s delicious and looks really lovely on the table.
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Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Mustard Vinaigrette

Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Mustard Vinaigrette takes humble cabbage to a whole new delicious level!
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Cabbage Soup with Sausage and Potatoes

This cabbage soup is a little spicy, chock-full of veggies and fills ya up. Every spoonful is warming, delicious and belly satisfying!
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Homemade Kimchi

A spicy and salty mix of cabbage, carrots, green onion, garlic and ginger. This Homemade Kimchi is super tasty and addicting!
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Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with Cabbage and Carrots

This Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with Cabbage and Carrots is an easy and delicious meal, made on one pan in about 45 minutes. You’re going to love it for busy weeknights!
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Borscht Soup with Beef

Traditional Borscht Soup recipe is made with beef bone broth, beets, and cabbage. This delicious healthy soup is a great comfort meal for the Fall and Winter seasons!
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Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad

A healthy Chinese chicken salad full of crunchy veggies like cabbage, carrots, sprouts, and snap peas! Served with a light, flavorful soy sesame dressing!
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Cabbage and Sausage Stew

This Cabbage and Sausage Stew recipe is delicious, packed with nutritious ingredients and it’s totally hearty and comforting.
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Fennel and Apple Slaw

Fennel and Apple Slaw is addictively crunchy, packed with sweet and savory flavor, and tossed in a creamy, tangy coleslaw dressing!
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Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe

This Vinegar Coleslaw Recipe is crunchy blend of cabbage, carrots and green onions and it's tossed in a tangy coleslaw vinaigrette. It's a healthy side dish that can be prepped entirely in advance!
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