Sautéed Cabbage is tender, caramelized cabbage and onions that’s packed with flavor.  It’s an easy, healthy side dish that comes together in minutes!

sautéed cabbage in skillet with wooden spoon

Cabbage is one of those vegetables that’s mostly thought of once a year.  Sure, it’s great with corned beef, but it’s wonderful prepared so many other ways.

Most of the time I enjoy cabbage raw in coleslaw because I love the crunchiness, but I’ve been cooking with it a lot more often these days.

This Simple Sautéed Cabbage is one of the easiest ways to enjoy cabbage, and it’s a nice healthy side dish for whatever you may be serving!

bowl of sautéed cabbage with serving spoon

Why you’ll love this Sautéed Cabbage recipe:

  • These flavors will take you by surprise.  The tender, mildly sweet cabbage is perfectly paired with caramelized onions.  The dish gets a flavor boost from garlic, coriander, fresh dill and apple cider vinegar.
  • This is a healthy, low carb dish that’s extremely versatile.  See below for ways to serve it.
  • Sautéed cabbage is easily customized with your favorite herbs and spices, and may be made vegan and dairy free by substituting the butter with oil.
  • The cabbage and onion may be prepped in ahead, or the entire dish may be made in advance.

Which variety of cabbage is best?

I prefer to use green cabbage for this recipe because of its sweet, mild flavor, but Napa and Savoy cabbage would be good substitutes as they’re similar in flavor.

Red or purple cabbage is a viable option, but bear in mind that it has a much bolder flavor.

close up of wooden spoon with sautéed cabbage

Sautéed cabbage ingredients

This is the kind of recipe that’s extremely versatile, so you can change it up a number of ways.  I chose to use simple, fresh flavors to allow the sweetness of the cabbage to shine.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter (or oil)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Coriander
  • Green cabbage
  • Fresh dill
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How to Sauté Cabbage

This recipe is extremely easy to make, and requires very little prep.

  • Slice the onion.  Remove the top and bottom of the onion and stand it cut side down on a cutting board.  Cut in half,  then remove the peel.  Place cut side down and slice thinly at an angle along the lines.

How to slice an onion collage

  • Slice the cabbage.  See my Cabbage produce guide for a step by step photos on how to cut cabbage.
  • Cook the onions.  Heat the butter in a large skillet and add the onions.  Cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes until softened.  Add the garlic and coriander and sauté 30 seconds longer.
  • Cook the cabbage.  Add the cabbage to the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked to the desired doneness.  

caramelized onions and sautéed cabbage collage

  • Finish the dish.  Add fresh chopped dill, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper, to taste, then stir to combine.  Adjust the seasoning as needed and serve

How to serve this dish:

This sautéed cabbage recipe pairs well with almost everything.  It’s a perfect low carb side dish or base for any meal.

front shot of cast iron skillet with sautéed cabbage

Recipe notes

  • The green cabbage may be substituted with Napa or Savoy cabbage.
  • Swap the dill for your favorite herbs or the coriander with your favorite spice(s).
  • Make this dish vegan and dairy free by using oil instead of butter.
  • This dish is great for meal prep as it may be made in advance. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

close up of sautéed cabbage in white serving bowl

More cabbage recipes you’ll love:

Yield: 4 servings

Simple Sautéed Cabbage

sautéed cabbage in skillet with wooden spoon

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

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled, halved and sliced thinly along the lines
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 small head of green cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook 3 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and coriander and sauté 30 seconds longer.
  2. Add the cabbage along with salt and pepper to taste, and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked to the desired doneness.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the dill and apple cider vinegar. Stir well and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • The green cabbage may be substituted with Napa or Savoy cabbage.
  • Swap the dill for your favorite herbs or the coriander with your favorite spice(s).
  • Make this dish vegan by using oil instead of butter.
  • This dish is great for meal prep as it may be made in advance. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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