Air fryer cabbage steaks or quarters come out tender yet crispy on the edges with LOTS of flavor. If you love this vegetable, this is a new way to try it.
Air fryer cabbage is yummy and there are tons of possibilities on what seasonings you add. It’s a keto friendly, low carb side dish we love. Throw in some bacon and take this easy air fryer recipe to the next level!
Do you love cabbage steaks too?? I will be honest, it took me until about 40 years old to love this often neglected vegetable.
- You can make this in any air fryer or Ninja Foodi machine you own.
- Okay so I have 3 different styles and love them all. I can’t remember the last time I used my oven to cook anything.
Here is the biggest tip for cooking vegetables in an air fryer that are firmer like this and air fryer broccoli too. You need a bit of water underneath your basket to steam it while it’s being crisped!
- Ready to air fry everything??!!
Air fryer tips – This is what I mean. With every machine I’ve had, excluding this large hot air fryer, there is a pot below the air fryer basket.
- You’ll want to lift the basket with holes on the bottom out
- Then pour 1/4 cup of water into the bottom bin
- Put air fryer basket back in
- Preheat to the desired temperature
- Follow recipe, put food in and cook
Easy right??!! It’s a small step that will make a big difference. This isn’t really necessary when you’re making soft water filled veggies like zucchini or cauliflower, but for tougher varieties it is a must.
This small amount of water will do the trick for about 2 rounds. So if you do more than 2 rounds of air fryer cabbage steaks or quarters you’ll want to drain what’s left and pour in a new 1/4 cup.
How do you know how long to cook something new in your hot air machine?
- Use this air fryer cook time sheet. If it doesn’t have your exact ingredient there will be something similar and you can base the time and temperature off of that.
- That’s what I do when I’m making something new like chicken legs in air fryer.
There are 2 ways I have made cabbage in an air fryer. This one is focused on cabbage steaks, meaning you start slicing the end without the hard base into pieces like you see here. I didn’t measure them but I’d say they were about 1″ thick.
Here is what you’ll need to make air fryer cabbage
- Head of cabbage
- Old Bay seasoning
- I’m obsessed with these flavors, you can even find more Old Bay recipes here too
- Garlic salt
- Onion powder
- Olive oil or butter
- we will share both ways
- it is up to you which one you prefer
When it comes to cabbage seasonings it is really up to you. We will share here the combination that we enjoy but if you want a little kick you could easily add a bit of dry Sriracha or chili powder.
Here are the steps to take when making air fryer cabbage
- Pour 1/4 cup of water into the bottom container of your unit, then put basket back on top.
- there will be a space between the two so they won’t touch, just helps to steam it
- Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees F
- When cutting the cabbage make sure your slices are just about 1″ thick, any thicker and it will take a while to soften and crisp evenly.
- Place slice of cabbage into basket like you see here and drizzle olive oil on, or place a pat of butter in the middle
- sprinkle with seasonings
- add salt and pepper to taste as well as anything else you love on your green vegetable
- Close basket and set to 8 minutes.
- this time worked great for us but if you want it crispier you can check and then add additional minutes until it’s your kinda’ perfect
This shows one round where we added 1 tbsp. of salted butter instead of olive oil. I thought they both tasted pretty similar actually, but it is your choice.
- When done after 8 minutes it will look like this.
- I did not flip it over because I knew it would just fall apart.
- There is plenty of seasons on the top where you don’t need to add any to the bottom to make it great.
- The only thing to remember if you’re making cabbage wedges is to ensure it fits with the drawer closed.
- Some smaller machines may not allow for it to be cut this way.
Looking for other air fryer vegetable recipes?
- I make air fryer potato wedges as a side dish for many dinners throughout the week too.
- And our air fryer steak bites are killer.
If you want to make Ninja Foodi cabbage cut into quarters like you see below, we have a simple recipe here. This one pressure cooks it first but if you only have an air fryer you can skip that and just make sure to add water to the bottom like we’ve directed here.
** If you want very tender cabbage follow the pressure cooker recipes above! The one below will slightly soften it with the butter but will still leave it with a bit of crispness.
Air Fryer Cabbage
- Pour 1/4 c water underneath your air fryer basket. Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees for 5 minutes.
- Slice cabbage 3/4" thick so you have a slice of it.
- Place cabbage steak piece into preheated air fryer basket and top with 1 tbsp butter in the middle of each piece, or drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil. Then sprinkle seasonings of choice (we use what is listed above) on top.
- Close basket and set to 8 minutes.
- Open basket, if you want edges crispier add 2 more minutes and check again. Enjoy immediately for best results.