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Sauteed Cabbage

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  • Author: Ashley Haugen


This simple sautéed cabbage recipe is a quick and easy way to prepare cabbage, and it makes a great side dish for a variety of main courses. It’s a basic preparation, but you can customize it by adding other seasonings, like red pepper flakes for a bit of heat, or by mixing in cooked bacon or sausage for added flavor. Enjoy this easy and nutritious cabbage dish with your favorite meals.


  • 1 small head of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 tablespoons water or vegetable broth (optional)


  1. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. If you’re using onion and garlic, add them to the pan with the butter or olive oil. Sauté them for a few minutes until they become fragrant and the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add the thinly sliced cabbage to the skillet. If your pan is not large enough to hold all the cabbage at once, you can add it in batches and let it wilt down before adding more.
  4. Season the cabbage with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. You can also add a tablespoon or two of water or vegetable broth to help the cabbage cook and soften, but this is optional.
  5. Sauté the cabbage, stirring occasionally, for about 8-10 minutes, or until it’s tender and slightly caramelized. The cooking time may vary depending on your heat level and the thickness of the cabbage slices.
  6. Taste the sautéed cabbage and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  7. Once the cabbage is cooked to your liking, remove it from the heat.
  8. Serve the sautéed cabbage as a side dish, garnished with fresh herbs like parsley or dill if desired.