12 Ways to Make Cabbage Sexy

January 26, 2015

Since we have a soft spot for cabbage, the ugly duckling of vegetables, here is an updated repost. 
This winter, cabbage is shrugging off that sheepskin coat and stepping out of those muddy boots: It is peasant food no more. It's sexy. It's seductive. It's suspiciously delicious (or, really, un-suspiciously, because cabbage is delicious anyway). Here are our favorite ways to use winter's most hated-on vegetable -- grab a head and start chopping. (And with one head of cabbage, you'll be able to make a few of these.)

Southern Slow Cooker Choucroute by Nicholas Day

Southern Slow Cooker Choucrute

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Not Your Traditional Korean Tacos by gabsimonelouise

Korean Tacos 


Cabbage and White Bean Soup by Laura Wright | The First Mess


Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad With Buckwheat Soba Noodles by Poppies and Papayas 

Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Soba Noodles


Okonomiyaki by Midge



Green Chile, Chicken, Posole Soup by dymnyno



Madhur Jaffrey's Stir-Fried Cabbage with Fennel Seeds by Genius Recipes 



Suspiciously Delicious Cabbage by fiveandspice

Suspiciously Delicious Cabbage 


Weeknight Pasta with Caramelized Cabbage, Sage Brown Butter, and Walnuts by cookinginvictoria

Weeknight Pasta



Suzanne Goin's Corned Beef and Cabbage with Parsley-Mustard Sauce by Genius Recipes

Corned Beef and Cabbage


Arthur Schwartz's Russian Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup by Nicholas Day

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup


Helen Getz's Napa Cabbage with Hot Bacon Dressing by Amanda Hesser

Napa Cabbage Salad





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Jennifer January 27, 2015
Julie Sahni has a dreamy recipe for cabbage with ginger and turmeric and tomatoes and some hot pepper... I want some now.
Walter B. January 13, 2014
Sliced or chopped, lightly coated with olive oil and cooked on low until soft, about an hour, leaves it sweet and nutty, delicious all by itself.
creamtea February 5, 2013
How do I love thee, cabbage, let me count the ways.
Sewassbe January 8, 2013
What is not sexy about peasant food? It's my favorite kind!

White cabbage is delicious as a "green" vegetable side dish when chopped and lightly sauteed in butter with a little salt and pepper. Also delicious with apples and onions and/or sausage. Roasted or sauteed on the stovetop. Also delicious cut into wedges, draped in bacon, and roasted until the bacon is crispy. Also delicious browned (with or without onions) a la Eastern European cuisine and served with egg noodles. Similarly, I've made mujaddarah (onions cooked to dark brown in olive oil and mixed with lentils and wheat bulgur) before and added shredded cabbage - yum!
Brette W. January 9, 2013
Wow love that idea about the mujaddarah with cabbage!
Sewassbe January 9, 2013
Just brown chopped or shredded cabbage with the onions - it ads heft and vitamins and tastes wonderful!
Samantha A. January 8, 2013
I love Okinomiyaki! So so tasty. Here's my recipe:
Kristina B. January 8, 2013
Thank you for this post! I have been getting cabbage in my CSA box and I can make so much kimchi!