Too much red cabbage leftover!

Everytime i need to use a little bit of cabbage for a slaw for a recipe i always end up with most of a head of cabbage left over. What are the best recipes (without many ingredients) to use up the cabbage? I am a student only cooking for myself so nothing too huge.

Grace Lindquist


mstv March 25, 2021
I love this cabbage and rice pilaf. You can easily double the cabbage.
Grace L. March 25, 2021
that looks great! thank you!
gandalf March 10, 2021
You can use your leftover cabbage in making fried rice -- a great way to use up leftover rice along with odds and ends of vegetables. Here is a Food52 recipe for fried rice with some cabbage in it:

There is a Food52 recipe for crispy sheet pan rice, here,, that uses cabbage. (Basically a baked sheet pan version of fried rice that you can put your leftover cabbage into, using rice and whatever vegetables that you want.)
Nancy March 10, 2021
In addition to Miss_Karen's ideas, 3 more for what to do with the extra cabbage you have now:
1) Simply saute some or all. This will reduce volume and increase flavor. Then freeze in usable portions for future dishes (freezes well).
2) Sauté grain, cabbage & onions in butter or other flavorful fat. With buckwheat, this is called Kasha Varnishkes. I forget what it's called when you use short pasta. All are delicious. Eat as is, or add garnishes to taste - sour cream, poached egg, a bit of leftover meat.
3) Make soup. Many varieties and co-conspirators work well with the cabbage - beets, potatoes, fish.
AntoniaJames March 11, 2021
Wow, Nancy, I had no idea that cabbage freezes well. I guess it makes sense. Kale once blanched freezes beautifully, so why wouldn't cabbage? I often have extra, too, so that is a great tip. Thank you, Nancy. As always, you're the best! ;o)
Miss_Karen March 10, 2021
Most grocery stores will cut the head of cabbage in half for you if you ask. I mix about a handful into my chicken wild rice soup. Saute it with the onions and celery. Then puree it before you add the chicken & rice. I also use some in my Oriental meatballs. (You can make the meatballs and then freeze them...) you might consider getting a bagged version of shredded cabbage it's a smaller quantity.
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