The World's Best Cabbage Recipes
You may think of cabbage as a humble, ho-hum winter veggie. But creative cooks around the world know how to turn this pauper into a prince. And isn't that so often how it goes? The humble foods, the budget dishes, end up getting the tastiest preparations. Here's just a small sampling of the world's most delectable cabbage recipes. Many of these recipes have evolved over centuries.
Chicken Yaki Udon (Japan)
Shredded cabbage, bell peppers, carrots, garlic, and onions combine with strips of boneless, skinless chicken breast meat and udon noodles in this delicious stir fry that's ready in 30 minutes! "Similar to yakisoba but made with thick, white udon noodles and tossed with a much simpler sauce," says Diana71. "Often used in soups, udon noodles are also delicious fried--the texture is just awesome because they are chewy. Try to find frozen or fresh udon noodles. Dried udon noodles will work, too, but you'll lose some of the signature texture."
Golabki/Cabbage Rolls (Poland)
Golabki are Polish cabbage rolls. "I made these for my Polish mother-in-law and my husband (who has eaten her family's recipe his whole life) and I got 2 thumbs up. I do double the sauce recipe," says Lbwall. "Sometimes I sneak in brown rice instead of white and my husband never notices."
Bubble 'n' Squeek (England)
"Cabbage, bacon, ham, onion and leftover potatoes make up this tasty, easy dish," says DOREENF. "This is a great way to get the kids to eat cabbage. Using leftovers makes this main dish especially quick to make."
Chinese Lion's Head Soup (China)
"This is my family's version of lion's head soup and for me it is the best type of comfort food!" says Lei Lei. "It is best served with white sticky rice, and wonderful enjoyed on a cold winter day."
Cabbage is the national food of Russia. And Russians eat more cabbage than anyone else in the world. With Russian pirozhki, small pockets of dough are filled with cabbage and hard-cooked eggs and baked. "I'm Russian, and this recipe has been handed down from my grandma," says Rex. "They taste delicious, and are a great comfort food."
Making sauerkraut from scratch is incredibly simple. All you need are cabbage and canning salt. That’s it! Nature does the rest, fermenting the cabbage in the brine to develop that familiar “sour” taste. Enjoy your homemade sauerkraut as a side dish, with bratwurst, in casseroles, and of course piled onto Reuben sandwiches.
Spicy Cabbage Kimchi (Korea)
"Kimchi is a spicy, slightly sweet, pickled or fermented cabbage," says GochisosamaDeshita. "Use kimchi in stir fries or your favorite Korean dishes. Look for Kimchi (Fish) Sauce and Korean chili powder in Asian markets or online."
"This a very simple yet delicious Andhra recipe for cabbage koora (sabji)," says SUSMITA. "I like it so much that sometimes I eat it all by itself, like a salad with some yoghurt on the side. The spice here comes from the green chilis."
"I love the combination of potatoes, cabbage, onion, and bacon all through the cooler months of fall and winter," says DianeF. "I attend an annual St. Paddy's Day party and this is the dish I'm always asked to bring."
Ethiopian Cabbage and Potatoes/Atkilt (Ethiopia)
Try this Ethiopian side dish with Doro Wat, a traditional chicken stew. "My Ethiopian friend brought this dish to a potluck and I've been making it ever since," says stamarex. "It is healthy and delicious. Do not add liquid. The cabbage and potatoes release enough moisture on their own."
Coleslaw (United States)
"This tastes just like the cole slaw served at popular fried chicken or fish restaurants," says Sandi Gregory Johnson. "It's excellent with burgers or on top of BBQ'd pork sandwiches, too!"