40 Cabbage Recipes That Are Way Better Than Coleslaw

This veggie is so much more versatile!

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PARKER FEIERBACH

If the only time you eat cabbage is in coleslaw form, it's time to expand your horizons. After all, most of the zing in coleslaw is the mayo, so it's basically cheating—sorry. This crisp green veggie is way more versatile than you think. It’s basically the crunchier cousin to boring lettuce, what’s not to love? Check out our list of 40 cabbage recipes to help get your creative cabbage juices flowing.

Speaking of, you’ll want to keep in mind that the vegetable's water content is pretty high, so don't be afraid to salt it pretty heavily while cooking with it. Because it’s so hearty, it stands up to cooking techniques like braising or roasting wayyy better than other greens. Where a romaine salad can sometimes feel not-so-filling, that’s never the case with cabbage. It’s a joy in veggie soups (hello borscht!), and pairs super well alongside noodles, like in our haluski or asian mandarin orange chicken salad.

Are noodles a no-go? Whether you’re on a keto or low-carb diet, or are just cutting down on gluten, cabbage is there for you. It’s a lot like cauliflower in the way it can be transformed from a humble veggie into a low-carb delight, like burritos or dumplings. Avoiding meat? Cabbage is also a vegetarian dream. We know it’s not quite the same as a steak, but serve it with some mushroom gravy and we bet you won’t even miss the meat.

Wait a sec, we can't talk about cabbage without talking about St. Patrick's Day! The Irish really take their cabbage seriously, so if you're looking for more Irish-inspired dishes to take your cabbage to new heights there's plenty to choose from.

haluski cabbage and noodles with bacon
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: HADLEY SUI
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Haluski Cabbage & Noodles

The most traditional Haluski recipes keep it simple with cabbage, onions, bacon and noodles, but this one adds a punch of acidic lemon and fresh garlic to cut through some of the fattiness. It's commonly eaten during the Lenten season, but tasty enough to make year-round.

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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

This particular version - bursting with flavor and paired with heaping amounts of cabbage, carrots, and other fresh veggies - is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The beef itself is tender, succulent, and oh-so-good.

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beer braised cabbage with mushrooms, carrots, onions and fresh thyme
PHOTOGRAPHER: JOEL GOLDBERG ; FOOD STYLING: MICAH MORTON
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Beer Braised Cabbage

Don’t overlook the humble cabbage! This straight cabbage braise (without meat!) is the perfect way to experience cabbage in all its vegetal glory.

Get the Beer Braised Cabbage recipe.

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Jonathan Boulton
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Egg Roll Bowls

If you're a fan of crispy savory egg rolls, then you might consider this unwrapped version your dream lunch. Without the need to wrap or fry, this veggie-packed meal comes together in well under an hour. Garnish with crispy raw scallions, toasted sesame seeds, and plenty of sriracha or chili oil.

Get the Egg Roll Bowls recipe.

unstuffed cabbage casserole
Parker Feierbach
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Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

We took everything you love about traditional stuffed cabbage and turned it into a crowd-friendly, no-fuss casserole. You don't even need to cook the rice beforehand—it cooks in the big and bubbly bake.

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chinese chicken mandarin salad
Parker Feierbach
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Crunchy Mandarin Orange-Chicken Salad

Many restaurant versions of the dish, including The Cheesecake Factory use wonton strips and crispy rice noodles. We sub in a block of broken up ramen to act as croutons. The almonds can be easily swapped for cashews or roasted peanuts too.

Get the Crunchy Mandarin Orange-Chicken Salad recipe.

low carb cabbage dumplings
Charlie Gillette
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Cabbage Dumplings

Cabbage makes the perfect low-carb sub to traditional wonton wrappers in our classic potstickers.

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best ever borsht
Park Feierbach
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Best-Ever Borsht

This rich, flavorful broth is PERFECT for dipping. We suggest a thick slice of homemade bread, if you can swing it!

Get the Best-Ever Borsht recipe.

whole roasted cabbage
Joel Goldberg
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Whole Roasted Cabbage

This gorgeous, whole-roasted stunner is the perfect holiday substitute for vegetarians. It's savory, sweet, and salty on the outside and super tender on the inside. Topped with lots of silky mushroom gravy, we doubt anyone at your table will be missing meat.

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Parker Feierbach
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Vegetable Cabbage Soup

This hearty soup is totally adaptable. Add any of your favorite veggies!

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stuffed cabbage rolls
Parker Feierbach
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Stuffed Cabbage

This recipe is based on gołąbki, a Polish dish in which parboiled cabbage leaves encase a minced meat filling of either pork or beef with onions and rice. What we love most is that the meat and the rice cook in the cabbage itself, meaning less work for us all.

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reuben egg rolls
Ethan Calabrese
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Reuben Egg Rolls

Frying egg rolls can sound intimidating, but it’s definitely worth it here. The high heat keeps the wrapper crispy and prevents the whole thing from exploding.

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crock pot posole
Ethan Calabrese
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Slow-Cooker Chicken Pozole

This slow cooker version isn't the most authentic, but it is quick, easy, flavorful, and filling. If you're looking for something more classic, check out our Best-Ever Red Pozole.

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Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

So many veggies, so little time. Loaded with cabbage, cauliflower, bell pepper, and zucchini, this vegetable soup is a healthy way to warm up this winter.

Get the Instant Pot Vegetable Soup recipe.

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Ethan Calabrese
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Classic Corned Beef and Cabbage

Just as good as our slow cooker version, but prepped the classic way. This classic boiled version is relatively low maintenance, just make sure to keep your corned beef fully submerged in liquid for the entire cook time.

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Brandon Bales
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Cabbage Hash Browns

Make low-carb breakfast more exciting with this hash brown hack.

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cabbage wrapped enchiladas
PARKER FEIERBACH
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Low-Carb Cabbage Enchiladas

Skeptical about cabbage? You might be surprised how well it melds with the other flavors.

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Grilled Cabbage "Steaks"

Okay, we know these are not quite grilled steaks made out of meat. These cruciferous "steaks" topped with ranch and bacon are potentially even better.

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Reuben Bowls

No explanation necessary. Just all the things you love about a reuben — in a bowl.

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cabbage chips
Carrie Stalk
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Cabbage Chips

Move over, kale chips.

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Park Feierbach
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Cabbage Wrapped Burgers

We love sturdy cabbage as a bun replacement—just make sure you buy a large cabbage so your leaves are big enough to wrap around the entire burger. Then you can make bacon wrapped cabbage with the core!

Get the Cabbage Wrapped Burgers recipe.

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Keto Stuffed Cabbage

This low-carb version of stuffed cabbage is just as satisfying as the original. The secret: cauliflower rice.

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boiled dinner
Parker Feierbach
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Boiled Dinner

Boiled dinner is just another way of saying corned beef and cabbage. We're not mad about it.

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Reuben Nachos

We took the best sandwich there is, and made it bite-size.

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Charlie Gillette
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Bacon-Wrapped Cabbage Dippers

Here we wrapped wedges in bacon, but if you've got vegetarian friends coming over, feel free to keep a few without bacon. Simply roasted is just as addictive when dipped in ranch.

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corned beef and cabbage sliders
Ethan Calabrese
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Corned Beef and Cabbage Sliders

The ultimate St. Patrick's Day party eats.

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Joslyn Blair
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Noodles with Carrots, Spinach, and Cabbage

This dish works with pretty much any vegetable in your fridge. Bonus: Udon noodles cook in five minutes flat.

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mongolian meatball cabbage cups
Carrie Stalk
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Mongolian Meatball Cabbage Cups

Maxed out on noodles? Try the meatballs from our famous Mongolian Meatball Ramen in cabbage cups instead.

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Charlie Gillette
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Fried Cabbage

Cabbage cooked in bacon fat. Need we say more?

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Charlie Gillette
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Cheesy Cabbage Gratin

Few things are more comforting than tucking into a warm bowl of potatoes au gratin. This cabbage is every bit as comforting, but not *quite* as heavy as it's potato counterpart.

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