Our easy roasted red cabbage recipe baked in the oven is a low carb side dish we love. Red baked cabbage steaks buttered and crispy on the edges.
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Red Cabbage Steaks
I have made these slices a few different ways. The same as this with a green head in the oven, air fryer cabbage steaks which are great too, and shredded in the slow cooker. I loved them all but hadn’t really dove into using the red variety so I was curious to see what we thought.
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Of course I would only share what worked and we loved so I started off with the most simple. Slicing, drizzling with butter or olive oil and seasoning lightly usually does the trick nicely. That is what was done here. Beyond that you can make them spicy with red pepper flakes or dry Sriracha. We just use everything seasoning though.
If you have never used one of these blends they are great. You can get a bunch of them to choose from. Some are mild and similar to everything bagel seasoning, and others have some heat to them. Seriously you could use it on all the things. From meat to vegetables, fried cabbage and more, they are the bomb.
Baked Red Cabbage
For this one we are going simple like I said. You just need the head, I think butter is more flavorful than just oil, and your favorite spice blends. If you need a dairy free alternative Country Crock has a vegan plant based stick that I use for my husband and is pretty darn good.
- One full head this is how to cut red cabbage into thick slices
- 1/2 c butter salted, melted
- 1 tsp everything seasoning
Well and you will need a baking sheet too. They don’t really stick so you don’t need to worry about adding foil or parchment paper either. You don’t want them to overlap so if you need a bunch you may need to cook in batches so they all fit well.
Recipe for Red Cabbage
Heads come in a variety of sizes so choose whichever looks like it will feed your family. I typically will slice the cabbage into 1-1.5 inch thick pieces. The wider they are the crunchier they will remain, same goes with sauteed red cabbage. If you want them tender then go with a bit thinner overall.
- Rinse head and remove outer leaves, discard those.
- Slice the raw cabbage into thick steaks. (could be done with green cabbage too)
- Lay on baking tray and drizzle butter on top of each one.
- Sprinkle seasoning of choice on top too.
- Roast cabbage at 400 for approximately 20 minutes or until tender to your liking.
When your roasted red cabbage steaks are at the tenderness you want you can drizzle on other things too. There are a variety of options from balsamic vinegar to maple syrup if you want to add a bit of sweetness. We typically will use the same sauce in our roasted brussel sprouts with balsamic glaze recipe that we love.
This is an easy way to make an easy side dish that is gluten free, low carb, and adds fiber into your diet. You can make this cabbage steak recipe start to finish is under 30 minutes. If I do have time I might throw it in my crock in the morning with it shredded so it really gets super tender and soaks in all those flavors.
You too can try it this way and see which you like the best. We did use green to make slow cooker cabbage but it doesn’t make a huge difference what color you choose. This one just typically takes a tad longer to wilt.
How to Cook Red Cabbage
You can keep it cold too though! We have made this red cabbage coleslaw no mayo dish you see here. A great one to bring to a potluck or offer when you are grilling burgers outside. I love using this on top of our sliders for dinner to add some crunch and bold flavors. Another great one is quick pickled red cabbage.
Red Cabbage Seasoning
Last but not least, if you wanted to just cut into larger pieces, I would use our pressure cooker cabbage wedges to get those nice and tender. I told you there are many other seasonings you could add to your dish, here are a few you might want to consider. Now jump to recipe and get started!
- Taco seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- Cajun seasoning
- Lemon pepper
- Garlic salt
If you want to make this spicy, or even as a Napa cabbage recipe I would suggest a dry blend like dry Sriracha or red pepper flakes. Use it wisely and add a little at a time as a little goes a long way with these. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself and ruin the whole dish.
Can You Reheat Cooked Red Cabbage
You can always save leftovers, but the texture will change. If you made these steaks the next day I would chop and saute them instead of keeping them whole. The best way to revive this dish is to really get the leaves tender with salted butter. You will add more moisture, flavor, and get rid of that weird texture you’ll get as it sits in the fridge overnight.
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Roasted Red Cabbage
- Wash and cut cabbage into thick steaks. Lay on baking tray and drizzle butter on top of each one. Sprinkle seasoning of choice on top too.
- Bake at 400 for approximately 20 minutes or until tender to your liking.