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Perfect Roasted Cabbage: A Simple Side Dish

Roasted Cabbage – This easy recipe brings out the natural sweetness of cabbage, making it a perfect complement to any main course.

Easy Roasted Cabbage Wedges in a tray

Roasted Cabbage Slices

Cabbage has always been a good ingredient, whether in coleslaw or as a side ingredient on suya, but roasting cabbage takes the vegetable to another level. The roasting process brings out the super duper deliciousness that this meal gives. As it roasts, the cabbage becomes tender and caramelized, giving it that sweet and nutty taste. 

I keep the seasoning simple with garlic, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Tossing the mix on the cabbage slices always gives the dish a unique and immersive flavor. Even the pickiest eater is going to love this! 

Why you should try this Recipe: 

  • Tasty side dish: It is a unique way of enjoying cabbage. Roasting cabbage brings out the sweetness, making it a tasty side to add to your main dishes. 
  • Versatile: This roasted cabbage recipe is such a fancy way to switch up the regular cabbage. You can add it to salads, sandwiches and veggie bowls. You can also slice it up with seasonings, dips and many more. 
  • Simple ingredients: The ingredients used to make roasted cabbage are simple, minimal and easily accessible. They are things you already have in your pantry or will find in a nearby grocery store. 
  • Healthy: roasted cabbage is good for everybody. It is super nutritious and low in calories. It is high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients for making Roasted cabbage 

  • Green cabbage: You can also use purple cabbage if that’s what you have or you can pair both types of cabbages for a colorful plate of roasted cabbage. 
  • Olive oil: I prefer to use this but if you want an oil with higher smoke point, use avocado oil.
  • Season with: Garlic, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes 
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: This is optional. You can add it when serving. 
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)

How to make roasted cabbage

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and place the rack in the middle position. 
  • Remove damaged outer leaves from the cabbage and cut it into quarters, removing the core. 
  • Slice each quarter into 1-inch thick pieces. 
  • In a bowl, combine olive oil, minced garlic, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. 
  • Toss the cabbage in this mixture until coated. 
  • Spread the cabbage on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 20-25 minutes until browned and tender. 
  • Optionally, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley before serving as a side dish or snack.

What to serve with roasted cabbage

Roasted cabbage is a delicious side dish that can be paired with a variety of meals. It can also be savored as a healthy snack or an addition to a tasty vegetarian meal.  Some meals to serve roasted cabbage with include: 

  • Grilled chicken: Grilled chicken and roasted cabbage slices is always a good idea. The crunchiness of the cabbage and the flavorful meat of the chicken is everything. 
  • Juicy Steak: Roasted cabbage pairs well with steak, adding a flavorful and nutritious vegetable side to complement the meat.
  • Pot Roast: The combination of roasted cabbage and pot roast provides a flavorful and nutritious meal.
  • Honey Mustard Salmon:  A side of roasted cabbage with honey mustard salmon is a great combination as the nuttiness and juicy flavor work together. 
  • Pasta Salad: Pairing with pasta salad is a delicious choice 
  • Rice and Beans: This is perfect as a vegan alternative, with beans to provide the necessary protein needed. 
  • Mashed Potatoes: Pair with mashed potatoes with a hearty and delightful meal option.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What to dip roasted cabbage in

There are various options of dips you can try with roasted cabbage. Hummus, Tahini sauce, roasted red pepper dip, mayo, fry saucepeanut butter and many more are examples of dips you’d love to pair with roasted cabbage slices. 

What spices go best with roasted cabbage

Choosing what spices to add to your roasted cabbage can be a choice thing but some of the best ones to add include garlic, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. You can also add cumin for an earthy flavor and coriander for a citrusy taste. 

Can I use different types of cabbage for roasting?

You can use a different type of cabbage. I use green cabbage for this recipe but feel free to use purple cabbage as well. In fact, you can combine both for visual appeal. 

Are there any variations or toppings I can add to roasted cabbage?

There are various ways to customize roasted cabbage. You can sprinkle it with grated Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs like parsley, or even add a flavorful sauce like tahini sauce. I suggest you experiment as desired. 

Can I roast cabbage wedges instead of slices?

Yes, you can roast cabbage wedges instead of slices. This can be done by cutting the cabbage into wedges and following the same seasoning and roasting instructions above. 

Can I make roasted cabbage in advance?

Of course! It makes for a great meal prep. You can roast yoir cabbage in advance and store in the fridge till you ate ready to serve

Can I roast cabbage with other vegetables?

Definitely. Roasted veggies are a delicacy and they make an awesome side dish. You can roast your cabbage with other vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflower and many more. 

Can I steam cabbage instead of roasting it?

Yes, steaming cabbage is gentler cooking method that can be used instead of roasting. It preserves the vegetable’s flavor and color. It can be done in a lidded skillet without the need for a steamer.

Storage and reheating Tips

How long can I keep in the refrigerator?

Roasted cabbage can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

How to warm up roasted cabbage

There are different ways you can warm up roasted cabbage for eating. You can reheat in a skillet, oven or microwave. 

The skillet method is most suitable for reheating few slices of roasted cabbage. To reheat in a skillet, you will need to place your roasted cabbage slices in a skillet over medium-low heat. Warm on each side for few minutes, until it’s heated through. 

To reheat in the oven, you will need to preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). When this is done, place the roasted cabbage slices on a baking sheet. Then warm until it is heated through. This can take about 10-15 minutes and it works well for larher portions. 

The microwave method is quite simple, although you may lose the crispy edges of the cabbage. What you will need to do is place the roasted cabbage in a microwave-safe dish, then heat till you get your desired temperature. 

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Easy Roasted Cabbage Wedges in a tray

Roasted Cabbage

Roasted Cabbage – nutty and sweet. This caramelized side dish is absolutely delicious and a perfect side for your proteins.
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Servings: 6
Calories: 89kcal


  • 1 medium green cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese optional, for serving
  • Fresh parsley chopped (optional, for garnish)


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and place the rack in the middle position.
  • Remove any damaged or wilted outer leaves from the cabbage. Cut the cabbage into quarters, removing the core. Then, cut each quarter into 1-inch thick slices.
  • In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, minced garlic, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Toss the cabbage slices in this flavorful mixture, ensuring they are evenly coated.
  • Spread the seasoned cabbage slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan, as this helps the cabbage to roast and not steam. If needed, use two baking sheets. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for about 20-25 minutes, or until the cabbage edges are brown and crispy, and the center is tender.
  • Once the cabbage is done, remove it from the oven. If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh chopped parsley for an extra burst of flavor and a touch of freshness.
  • Serve your roasted cabbage as a delightful side dish alongside grilled chicken, steak, or any protein of your choice. It’s also excellent as a vegetarian option or even as a healthy snack.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.6g | Protein: 2.6g | Fat: 5.4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.5g | Cholesterol: 1.4mg | Sodium: 65.1mg | Potassium: 277.3mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4.9g | Vitamin A: 407.9IU | Vitamin C: 56.6mg | Calcium: 79.1mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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