Braised Cabbage

January  2, 2017
3 Ratings
Photo by Mikkel Vang
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

While any cabbage can be used for this dish, I especially love the texture and flavor of good old-fashioned, standard-issue, hyper-affordable green cabbage. It yields at least 8 cups of cooked veg and makes an awesome platform for fried eggs the next day. Or mash the cabbage with potatoes for a version of the Irish dish Colcannon.

Excerpted from Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2009. Photographs by Mikkel Vang. —Lucinda Scala Quinn

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 fresh green chilies, such as serrano or jalapeño, minced
  • 4 strips bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 1 small cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 2 or 3 small carrots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  1. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Swirl in the oil. When it shimmers, add the onions, chilies, and bacon. While stirring, sauté until the bacon starts to turn golden brown and the onions begin to caramelize, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cabbage, carrots, and salt and stir to combine. Pour in the broth or water, reduce the heat to medium-low, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Add a small amount of water if needed to avoid scorching.

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3 Reviews

Melissa S. May 12, 2020
I loved this! It's a great side dish for roasted meats. I've left off the carrot and pepper in a pinch, but the heat from the jalapeno really brings something special.
chef J. June 25, 2017
You can omit the bacon and add fennel seeds and bay leaf with a little turmeric for an Indian taste treat!
Nina January 3, 2017
Tastes good with mushrooms as well.