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.

See more cabbage health benefits.

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.

Head of green cabbage with outer leaves pulled back

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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.

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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Napa cabbage salad in a white bowl with spoon
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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Overhead view of stuffed cabbage casserole in a white baking dish.
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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Overhead view of a bowl of stuffed cabbage soup. Hands are around the bowl.
Egg Roll in a Bowl
Egg Roll in a Bowl is the healthy, low carb way to enjoy an egg roll!  This egg roll in a bowl recipe is high protein, loaded with veggies, and is on the table in 30 minutes!
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front shot of keto egg roll in a bowl
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.
Check out this recipe
A forkful of sauerkraut above a mason jar.
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.
Check out this recipe
Overhead view of three Thai chicken cabbage wraps.
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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Overhead view of chickan and cabbage in a white bowl.
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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angled front shot of sliced corned beef and cabbage on a white serving platter
Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans
This cabbage salad with Braeburn apples and spiced pecans is the perfect winter salad. It’s crunchy, spicy, and tossed with an Asian-flavored dressing.
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three white bowls of cabbage pecan salad.
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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Overhead view of fried cabbage with bacon in a cast iron skillet.
Vegetable Soup with Cabbage
You will love this vegetarian soup to warm you! Vegetable Soup with Cabbage is a healthy, hearty soup that is packed with vegetables, beans and tiny pasta.
Check out this recipe
A bowl of vegetable cabbage soup with a spoon.
Raw Cauliflower Couscous with Kale and Cabbage
Raw Cauliflower “Couscous” with kale, cabbage, walnuts, cranberries, and lemon-mustard vinaigrette is packed with nutrients. Vegan, paleo, keto side dish!
Check out this recipe
A white dish of cauliflower and cabbage couscous.
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!
Check out this recipe
Overhead view of Asian pork cabbage rolls in a white baking dish.
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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sautéed cabbage in skillet with wooden spoon
Quick Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe
A one-pan Chinese dish prepared with simple ingredients. Comes together quickly.
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Cabbage stir fry in a skillet with chopsticks.
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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An apple cabbage salad in awhite bowl. An apple is in the background.
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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Overhead view of two bowls of borscht.
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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Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
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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Overhead view of a plate of keto cabbage casserole.
Gluten Free Macaroni Slaw
Our low FODMAP Macaroni Slaw is a mash-up of classic macaroni salad and coleslaw! A creamy mayonnaise and lactose-free sour cream dressing ties it all together.
Check out this recipe
Overhead view of a blue bowl of gluten free macaroni slaw.
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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Overhead view of a bowl of Jamaican cabbage.
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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Overhead view of a blue bowl of red cabbage apple slaw.
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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Overhead view of two roasted cabbage steaks.
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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Two bowls of cabbage kielbasa soup.
Homemade Kimchi
A spicy and salty mix of cabbage, carrots, green onion, garlic and ginger. This Homemade Kimchi is super tasty and addicting!
Check out this recipe
Three jars of homemade kimchi.
Caramelized Cabbage and Bacon
Who knew that cabbage caramelized in bacon drippings could be such a delicious and easy side dish?
Check out this recipe
Overhead view of caramelized cabbage and bacon.
Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Instant pot stuffed cabbage rolls are equally delicious as the oven or stove top version but made quicker and without any fuss. If you are looking for recipes that use leftover rice, this is it!
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Vinegar Based Coleslaw
This Classic Vinegar Based Coleslaw is a vinegar coleslaw that calls for no mayo. This no mayo coleslaw is the perfect addition for your summer barbecues or family gatherings!
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Vegan Coleslaw with Creamy Curry Dressing
Vegan Coleslaw with Creamy Curry Dressing is crunchy and addictive with golden raisins, cashews and a delicious vegan coleslaw dressing.  It's the perfect side dish for picnics and barbecues!
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Bowl of vegan coleslaw on a wooden cutting board
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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Cabbage wedges, carrots, and sausages on a sheet pan.
Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Bowls
Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Bowls are the easiest, tastiest ways to make cabbage rolls in the electric pressure cooker. This makes a great St. Patrick’s Day dinner!
Check out this recipe
A large white dish filled with cabbage roll bowl.
Easy Mango Cabbage Coleslaw
Easy Mango Cabbage Coleslaw is light, easy to make and perfect as a summer side dish, on tacos or with avocado or grilled chicken added in. This salad is healthy, sweet with a hint of spice.
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Overhead view of mango cabbage coleslaw in a serving bowl.
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!
Check out this recipe
Overhead view of hands being wrapped around a bowl of borscht soup.
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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Fried Cabbage with Corned Beef
Use leftover corned beef or corned beef from the deli, then grab some cabbage and make tasty low-carb Fried Cabbage with Corned Beef!
Check out this recipe
Fried cabbage and corned beef in cast iron skillet.
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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Two bowls of cabbage and sausage stew.
Corned Beef Sliders
Corned Beef Sliders are slices of tender, Guinness braised corned beef topped with crisp coleslaw on a slider roll.  They're perfect for gatherings or using up leftover corned beef!
Check out this recipe
Guinness corned beef sliders with wooden pick through top.
Beef Cabbage Roll Casserole
Cabbage Roll Casserole is much easier than making traditional cabbage rolls! This yummy casserole is slowly baked and full of ground beef, rice and cabbage in a light tomato sauce. Hearty, simple to make and delicious!
Check out this recipe
A white dish of cabbage roll casserole.
Super Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Sauce
Healthy enough for a weeknight family dinner and elegant enough for a dinner party, this Crunchy Thai Noodle Salad is loaded with fresh veggies.
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A glass bowl of crunchy Thai salad.
Creamy No Mayo Coleslaw with Apples and Fennel
Creamy No Mayo Coleslaw with Apples and Fennel is a crunchy and addictive cabbage slaw with apples and fennel, tossed in a creamy no mayo coleslaw dressing!
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overhead shot of bowl of creamy no mayo coleslaw with gray linen
Fish Taco Bowls
Fish Taco Bowls are filled with grilled fish, cilantro lime rice, avocado and mango salsa.  They're a hearty, flavorful meal that's ready in 30 minutes!
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fish taco bowl wit fork buried inside and sliced jalapeño on top

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