The Secret Way You Should Be Making Cabbage

Cabbage on the grill is the revolutionary new way to cook cabbage. Here's how to do it.

Cabbage is a seriously underrated vegetable, despite being the star of so many delicious side dishes. This veggie is packed with tons of vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber, so you might want to think of adding more of it to your diet. No, that doesn’t mean endless cabbage salads or stewed cabbage. Instead, try our new favorite way to make cabbage: on the grill! Find out how you can make grilled cabbage or cabbage steaks yourself. Trust us, you’ll be a cabbage convert in no time!

How to Make Grilled Cabbage

Grilling cabbage is easy to do. It gives this lovely veggie a slightly smoky, slightly nutty flavor that virtually everyone can appreciate. It’s a quick, clever way to sneak more vegetables into your diet and is a cinch to prepare. And if you’re trying to go veggie for Meatless Monday, this can serve as a main dish. Just follow this cabbage steak recipe.

You’ll need:

  • 1 medium head cabbage (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Step 1: Cut and Season

Cut your cabbage into eight wedges. Take a large piece of heavy-duty foil and fold it in half, then place the cabbage on the foil. Spread lots of butter over the cabbage wedges then season with onion, garlic salt and pepper. You can also mix things up with your favorite spices. We think this is another great use for that everything bagel seasoning!

Step 2: Get Grilling

Fold the foil around the cabbage and for a tight seal. Grill it, covered, over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until the cabbage becomes tender. Once it’s ready, carefully open up the foil and allow all the steam to escape. Sear the cabbage wedges on the grill for a minute before you plate and serve.

Why You Should Put Your Cabbage on the Grill

The subtle smoky nuttiness imparted by charring it on the grill transforms cabbage. It takes on a caramelized flavor that is miles away from anything your taste buds experience if you opt to boil your cabbage instead. The crunchy texture of grilled cabbage beats boiled any day of the week. Plus, you can kiss the sour smell of boiled cabbage goodbye.

Cabbage on the grill is a revelation on burgers, served up as part of a salad or enjoyed on its own, perhaps with a drizzle of olive oil or dipping sauce of choice. You can even use it to add new depth to your favorite coleslaw recipe.

By grilling your cabbage, you’re getting the most flavor out of this humble vegetable. Even the pickiest eaters at your dinner table will be fighting over the last piece. Want to incorporate cabbage into more meals? Try our best cabbage recipes!

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Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.