Published Feb 20, 2023
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Roasted cabbage cooks up in under 30 minutes and is made with just 5 simple ingredients. It’s caramelized to perfection, packed with flavor and makes for the perfect side dish for just about any meal.
I LOVE cabbage, but feel like it’s such an underrated vegetable. Anyone else feel that way?! Maybe the lack of color makes people think of a bland, nutrient-less vegetable. But cabbage is quite the opposite. It’s a serious nutrition powerhouse as it’s low in calories and packed with tons of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And since it has a neutral flavor it really takes on the flavors of the dish you’re making.
I love eating cabbage both raw and cooked, but roasted cabbage is definitely one of my favorite ways to enjoy this veggie! Roasting the cabbage causes the edges to caramelize and brings out its natural sweetness.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s super easy to make. All you need are 5 simple ingredients!
- Roasting caramelizes the cabbage, bringing out its natural sweetness. It’s so good!
- It’s a versatile dish that can be customized to your liking.
- It’s a healthy side dish that’s low in calories and high in nutrients.
Cabbage Health Benefits
Did you know that cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli and cauliflower? It has a neutral flavor (in my opinion) and is packed with nutrients! Here are just a few reasons why you’ll love incorporating this veggie into your diet (source):
- Packed with vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin C, K, and B6, as well as potassium and manganese.
- Great for your digestion, thanks to its high fiber content.
- Can help to reduce inflammation in the body, which may lower the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.
- A low-calorie option that’s high in fiber, making it a great option for weight loss.
- Because cabbage is a good source of vitamin C it helps to produce collagen, keeping skin looking youthful.
- green cabbage – the star of the show here! I went with green cabbage, but feel free to use purple cabbage if that’s what you have on hand. After washing your cabbage, chop it into 1 1/2-inch chunks for roasting.
- olive oil – allows the seasonings to adhere together and keeps the cabbage from sticking to the baking sheet. Avocado oil works great too!
- seasonings – sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder are a simple, yet perfect combination for a tasty roasted cabbage.
How to Make
Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Cut the stem off the cabbage and cut it into 1” thick slices. Place cabbage slices onto prepared baking tray.
Whisk together oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Drizzle half of the mixture over the cabbage. Rub the seasoning mixture into the cabbage with fingers or a brush. Then flip cabbage over and repeat on the other side.
Place pan in the preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes, or until cabbage has softened and starts to brown on the edges. No need to flip the cabbage while it’s roasting!
There are endless ways to customize this roasted cabbage! Here are a few ideas:
- Lemon and herb: Add some lemon juice, lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs (such as rosemary, parsley or thyme) to the olive oil before coating the cabbage.
- Spicy: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the olive oil mixture for a spicy variation!
- Sweet and savory: Mix in some honey or maple syrup to the olive oil and then add 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika or ground cumin to the seasoning.
- Asian-inspired: Make an asian-inspired mixture by swapping the olive oil with sesame oil and adding 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of grated ginger to the mixture.
- Cheesy: Once the cabbage is done roasting or only has a few minutes left sprinkle it with freshly grated parmesan cheese. The parmesan will crisp up and be so delicious!
How to Serve Roasted Cabbage
- As a side dish: Serve this roasted cabbage as a side with your favorite protein. Here are some ideas: apple cider vinegar chicken, air fryer chicken breast, crispy baked tofu or blackened salmon.
- In a salad: I love adding warm (or cold) veggies to my salads! Add this roasted cabbage to your favorite salad or try this roasted vegetable salad.
- In a grain bowl – roasted veggies are a delicious addition to grain bowls! Here are some ideas: buddha bowl or falafel bowls.
- In a sandwich: Add roasted cabbage as a topping to your sandwiches or burgers. Some ideas: spinach and feta turkey burger, black bean burger, tempeh veggie burger or cilantro lime chicken burger.
How to Store Leftovers
I recommend storing any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for 4-5 days. You can easily reheat the cabbage in the toaster oven, convection oven or air fryer!
Roasted Cabbage FAQ’s
Roasted cabbage is a healthy option! It’s packed with nutrients, specifically vitamin K, vitamin C and folate. It’s also high in fiber and antioxidants.
To cut cabbage for roasting, first, remove the outer leaves and wash the cabbage. Cut the cabbage in half and then cut each half into 1” thick slices.
Some vitamins and minerals can be lost during the cooking process, but cooking can also make some nutrients more available and easier to digest. For example, cooking cabbage can increase the availability of certain antioxidants.
Both cooked and raw cabbage have their own unique nutritional benefits. Raw cabbage is a great source of vitamin C and eating it raw preserves this vitamin. However, cooking cabbage can make certain nutrients more available, such as beta-carotene and lutein, and it can also make it easier to digest for some people. Both options are great! It just depends on what nutritional benefits you are looking for.
More Cabbage Recipes
- Cabbage Soup
- Cabbage Lentil Soup
- Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
- Kale & Cabbage Pad Thai Salad
- Tofu Cabbage Noodle Bowl
- Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Kale and Cabbage Salad
- Asian Edamame Salad
- Vinegar Coleslaw
More Roasted Veggies to Try
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Roasted Broccoli
- Curry Roasted Cauliflower
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Root Vegetables
- Easy Roasted Carrots
- Easy Roasted Beets
- How to Roast Butternut Squash
Be sure to check out all of the cabbage recipes as well as the full collection of side dishes here on EBF!
- 1 small head green cabbage
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the stem off cabbage and then cut cabbage into 1” thick slices. Place cabbage slices onto prepared baking tray.
- Whisk together oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Drizzle half of the mixture over cabbage. Rub mixture into cabbage with fingers. Flip cabbage over and repeat on the other side.
- Place pan in the preheated oven and roast for 25 minutes, or until cabbage starts to brown on the edges and is tender. Serve immediately!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Thanks. I roast all other veggies but never thought to roast slices of cabbage. Great idea. Will try this.
Hope you enjoy this recipe!
I made this for lunch today & it was great! The only thing is 30 minutes at 400 degrees was too much, going forward I will do 375 degrees & just keep an eye on it
Thank you for sharing your feedback, Emma. Glad you enjoyed this recipe. I really appreciate you coming back and sharing your review + star rating!