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Fried Cabbage in Air Fryer

Fried cabbage in air fryer turns out great. If you want a quick vegetable side dish with bacon or vegetarian we have instructions for it here. Amp up your traditional air fryer cabbage steaks with this new version.

Fried Cabbage in Air Fryer

We LOVE fried cabbage now air fried was the last way we hadn’t tried yet until now. Adding a bit of crisp to veggies has been a game changer for us. Vegetables have become my children’s favorite thing to eat since we got this machine so it’s been a huge win. Find more easy air fryer recipes galore like this on our site. (affiliate links present)

Air Fryer Fried Cabbage

We have SO many simple cabbage recipes on our site because ever since I turned 40 it’s like my favorite thing ever. As a kid my grandmother made this several times a week in some way, it was a no go for me. Didn’t smell or seem like it would taste very good, then I got old. lol

I started cooking this same mixture in my IP and it was such a hit. If you do want it super tender and have that machine you should start there, with our Instant Pot fried cabbage. That will give you the “typical” texture you remember, this one doesn’t get as soft. BUT a bit of crisp we do love so try them both.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

cosori review
cut stem out of cabbage

Ninja Foodi Fried Cabbage

If you do have this machine you can try both of these. It has the pressure cook and air crisp function so you can make one at a time and see which is your favorite. Like I said, it’s basically the same ingredients but the texture is totally different. To each their own and everyone has a preference, that is why I’m sharing them all.

I even have a link to how to make this on the stove if you want to compare all three. We love Ninja Foodi cabbage recipes so much that I am always tweaking things to see if I can continue to make it better. This one in particular you can make in an AirWave, Cosori or whatever brand you might have.

We have a 5 quart machine and half a head chopped is about all I would add at once. You don’t want to overfill it because then it won’t wilt at all. As is you get just enough tenderness with crisp just on the edges. The water underneath will help with the texture, we will explain that step in a bit.

cubed cabbage

Air Fryer Cabbage with Bacon

If you have ever worked with green cabbage at all you know how tough the leaves are compared to lettuce let’s say. You do need some steam to soften them nicely so we are going to do that with this machine as well. If you haven’t done this don’t worry.

  • Half a head of cabbage cut into squares
  • how to cut cabbage
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • Optional but great to use bacon bits or diced ham
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • Paprika

You just add about 1/4 cup of water into your basket which will then leak down to the bottom between the inner basket and where your food will sit. The holes underneath will allow the wet hot air to circulate nicely.

steaming in air fryer

Air Fryer Shredded Cabbage

Note: I have not made this with red cabbage and probably wouldn’t. That variety is even firmer and that is not what I am used to and what I was brought up with. The cook time would need to probably be a bit longer and shaken more often so it doesn’t get too crisp. I would stick with green though.

  • Preheat air fryer to 375 degrees – 380 for 5 minutes. (some machines are only odd temps or even)
  • Cut cabbage head in half, remove stem and cut into bite size squares. Put into a bowl.
  • Drizzle on 3 tbsp of your soy sauce, bacon bits and all seasonings, toss to coat.
    • if you didn’t want to add soy you could substitute it for melted butter or olive oil
  • Add your water into air fryer basket so it stays in between the inner drawer and the basket with holes so it can steam and soften a bit.
  • Pour cabbage mix into basket and close.
  • Cook cabbage in the air fryer for about 12 minutes stirring contents twice and pouring remaining 1 tbsp of soy sauce on top of mixture after your 2nd stir.

Once you have cooked cabbage to your liking pour it out on to plates and serve with your dinner. Such a yummy flavor I have been known to eat it just as is when I want something small for a meal later in the day.

Air Fryer Fried Cabbage

Air Fryer Chopped Cabbage

Just know that the smaller you make the pieces the softer it will become. Keep it large like we have done with cabbage wedges and it isn’t going to break down much. Now that isn’t always what we want though. If we’re roasting cabbage in the oven sliced it’s all about the butter sinking in and the crunch too.

If you wanted the third way on the stove you can certainly try that one too after making your air fried cabbage. I love using a Dutch oven because it locks in the heat and has plenty of room for stirring. Follow our fried cabbage on the stove recipe here, or cabbage stew with leftover ham.

Since this one doesn’t get too soft it does save pretty well actually. Store it in a bag or container until the next day and then add 1 tbsp of broth into a bowl with it when reheating in the microwave. Warms up nicely again so you don’t have to waste a bit of it! 😉

best fried cabbage

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Fried Cabbage in Air Fryer

Fried cabbage in air fryer turns out great. If you want a quick vegetable side dish with bacon or vegetarian we have instructions for it here
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, irish
Keyword air fryer, bacon, cabbage, fried
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 32kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 380 for 5 minutes. Cut cabbage head in half, remove stem and cut into bite size squares. Put into a bowl.
  • Drizzle on 3 tbsp of your soy sauce, bacon bits and all seasonings, toss to coat.
  • Pour water into air fryer basket so it stays in between the inner drawer and the basket with holes so it can steam.
  • Pour cabbage mix into basket and close. Air fry for 12 minutes stirring contents twice and pouring remaining 1 tbsp of soy sauce on top of mixture after your 2nd stir.

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Nutrition Facts
Fried Cabbage in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 32 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 704mg31%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 116IU2%
Vitamin C 28mg34%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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