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charred cabbage in a white bowl topped with salt

Charred Cabbage (aka Better Fried Cabbage)

  • Author: Lauren Grant
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20-30 minutes (10 minutes per batch)
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings (5 cups) 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This simple recipe is a great go-to side dish. Savory, full of charred umami flavor, and totally versatile. Serve with pork chops, corned beef, burgers, tofu and more.


  • 1 small red or green cabbage
  • 23 tablespoons avocado oil or high heat oil
  • Kosher salt or flaky sea salt


  1. Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut cabbage in half, top to bottom. Then lay cut-side down and slice crosswise into ½- to ¾-inch planks.
  3. Decrease heat to medium, add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet and swirl to coat, place about 4 cabbage planks in an even layer in skillet. Cook, without moving, until charred on the first side, about 5 minutes; season with salt, flip and continue to cook until charred on second side, 5 more minutes.
  4. Transfer to a platter or shallow bowl and repeat process with remaining oil and cabbage.
  5. Season with salt to taste. Optional, season with pepper to taste. 


It’s important to use a high-heat cooking oil here. I recommend avocado oil, though safflower, soybean or sunflower oil will also work.



  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 43
  • Sugar: 4.5g
  • Sodium: 496mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.5g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: charred cabbage, fried cabbage

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