20 Recipes Where Cabbage Is King

Recipes from The Kitchn

Cabbage is one of those unsung heroes in the kitchen. You might not think too much about it, but it can be one of the most versatile veggies in your arsenal. From traditional slaws and salads to Indian-inspired curries and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, we predict you'll be eating cabbage all winter long.

1. Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Tahini Dressing

While we love this no-cook dish in the summer, it can also be just what you've been craving in the winter months as well. The bright ginger dressing and the crunch of two types of cabbage can almost make you think the weather outside is delightful.

2. Pasta and Potatoes with Cabbage

Also called pizzoccheri, this dish hails from the Lombardy region of Italy, and we consider it proof that potatoes and pasta do actually go well together. The traditional dish is made with buckwheat pasta, but you can substitute your favorite variety, like the orecchiette shown here.

3. Roasted Cabbage with Bacon

If you haven't tried roasting your cabbage in wedges, you don't know what you're missing. Similar to roasting Brussels sprouts, these roasted wedges have just enough of a char to add interest and transform a head of cabbage that's been languishing in your crisper. And adding bacon — that's a no brainer.

4. Hot & Sour Soup with Mushroom, Cabbage, and Rice

This rich broth-based soup is the perfect antidote to cold weather. And it's easy to customize for your own tastes. Use chicken, turkey, or veggie stock and adjust the level of spice, sour, or salt to fit your mood. And the best part? You probably have most of the ingredients you need in your fridge already.

5. How To Make Sauerkraut in a Mason Jar

No cabbage roundup would be complete without sauerkraut. If you've always been intimidated by making this fermented dish, fear not — this small-batch version is unbelievably easy. Your brats and Reubens will never be the same again.

6. Napa Cabbage and Kale Coleslaw with Creamy Miso-Ginger Dressing

Get all your greens taken care of in one dish with this crunchy slaw. You can substitute in seasonal produce as well. Just be sure to make plenty of dressing — believe us, you'll want extra.

7. Grilled Cabbage Wedges with Spicy Lime Dressing

For the year-round grill masters, this is a recipe worth firing up the coals (or propane tank) for. The charred leaves provide the perfect balance for the spicy-sour dressing made with lime and cayenne. If grilling isn't feasible, you can also roast the wedges for a similar charred effect.

8. Glazed Chicken Sausage with Sautéed Cabbage

There's no easier weeknight meal than this sausage and cabbage combination. All it takes is a little sautéing, and you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. Be sure to serve it with a healthy scoop of whole-grain mustard as well.

9. Roasted Cabbage Slaw with Hazelnuts and Lemon

This tasty slaw makes use of both red and Savoy cabbage, and the roasting brings out the sweet flavor of both varieties. And because you're roasting the cabbage after it's been shredded, it's incredibly quick to prepare. We think it's the perfect companion for your favorite pizza.

10. How To Make Easy Kimchi at Home

Don't be intimidated at the thought of homemade kimchi. Yes, it is more involved than your typical dinner recipe, but the results are completely worth it. And once you've tried one version, you can experiment with your own flavors and spices.

11. Fish Tacos with Quick Cabbage Slaw

Fish tacos are one of those secretly simple dishes. They always seem much harder to make than they actually are. And when paired with this red cabbage slaw and avocados, they are an irresistible weeknight meal.

12. Kohlrabi and Cabbage Salad with Maple Lemon Dressing

Thanks to the fact that kohlrabi and cabbage are both hardy greens, this is the perfect make-ahead salad. Assemble it on the weekend for a weeknight dinner party — the dressing will just get better with time.

13. Cabbage in Mild Yogurt and Mustard Seed Curry

This vibrant dish is one of our favorites. It makes use of curry powder, coriander, and turmeric and is best when made with at least 4 percent milkfat yogurt. The rich curry sauce is also great when served over rice.

14. Roasted Baby Cabbages

If you find baby cabbages at your farmers market or grocery store, scoop them up. They are perfect when roasted in a bit of chicken or vegetable stock and finished with some balsamic vinegar. It's the perfect side dish for your favorite pork chop recipe.

15. Watercress and Cabbage Stir-Fry

This crunchy stir-fry comes together in less than 10 minutes and is a tasty side for any meal. If you're having trouble finding watercress, check your nearest Asian grocery store — they usually have the best selection of the green.

16. Peanut, Carrot, and Cabbage Slaw

One of the best things about this slaw (aside from a delicious peanut dressing) is how you can add in any veggie you currently have in your fridge. Celery, bell peppers, and radishes all are fair game. And if you want to make it a full-on meal, add in some tofu and soba noodles to round it out.

17. BBQ Cabbage & Sausage Stuffed Sandwiches

Need a tasty and smart snack? These hearty stuffed sandwiches are the thing to make ahead and freeze so you can warm one up whenever a craving strikes. The traditional combination of sausage and cabbage is made even better by the addition of barbecue sauce.

18. Asian Pickled Cabbage

The addition of ginger to the rice wine vinegar-based dressing is what makes this pickled cabbage recipe so special. The cabbage and carrots lend a nice crunch, while the hot peppers add a little heat.

19. Apple Cabbage Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

Make a big bowl of this tangy salad for your next chili night. The crispness of the veggies paired with the tartness of the apple cider vinegar serves as a delicious contrast to a bowl of comforting chili.

20. Crunchy Cabbage and Ramen Noodle Salad

This sweet, tangy, and crunchy retro recipe is one of our favorites. There's a reason it has endured so long. Not only is it easy to make, but it's also inexpensive since it uses instant ramen noodles. You can opt to use a bagged slaw mix or shred your own cabbage. Either way, it's a crowd-pleaser.

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