Sautéed Cabbage


This easy side dish takes only 20 minutes from start to finish. You can enjoy sautéed cabbage simply cooked with butter and onion or jazz it up with one of the variations (see below). Enjoy all the versions of this quick side dish with roasted pork or chicken.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 cups


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 small head cabbage, quartered lengthwise, cored and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges

  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet or heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add cabbage, onion, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender and beginning to brown, 14 to 16 minutes. Serve immediately.



Sautéed Cabbage with Bacon: Cook 4 bacon slices in a large heavy pot over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble the bacon. Proceed with the recipe as directed, substituting 2 Tbsp. drippings for 2 Tbsp. of the butter and reducing salt to 3/4 tsp. Top the cooked cabbage with the crumbled bacon.

Sautéed Cabbage with Apples: Prepare recipe as directed, adding 1 small Gala apple (thinly sliced), 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar and 1 tsp. fennel seeds to the cabbage mixture during the final 5 minutes of cook time.

Sesame Sautéed Cabbage: Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil for the butter and adding 1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce (or tamari), 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger and 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper with the cabbage and onion. Reduce salt to 3/4 tsp. and omit pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

77 Calories
6g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 77
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 3%
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Vitamin A 266IU 5%
Vitamin C 33mg 37%
Folate 40mcg 10%
Sodium 308mg 13%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 12mg 3%
Potassium 168mg 4%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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