If you are looking for a fun and delicious way to cook your cabbage, this is it! These Roasted Cabbage Steaks are incredibly simple to make and offer an outstanding combination of taste, texture, and presentation. Enjoy this side dish with your festive centerpiece this holiday season or as a convenient and speedy side for your weekday meals.
What Are Cabbage Steaks?
Cabbage steaks are a nutritious, low-carb, and vegan side dish that can be served with different sauces and toppings. They are made by slicing a whole head of cabbage into thick "steaks," then seasoned and roasted or grilled until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. They are naturally gluten-free and to be honest, quite cheap!
Why you will love Roasted Cabbage Steaks
- Cabbage Steaks are really easy to prepare and make. It takes just a few minutes to cut and season the cabbage, and then all you need to do is roast these plant-based steaks.
- Cabbage is low in calories and high in nutrients, making it a healthy addition to any diet. When roasted or grilled, it retains most of its nutritional value. You can check all the health benefits of Cabbage listed by WebMD
- If you're following a low-carb or keto diet, cabbage steaks are a perfect side dish. They can easily replace higher-carb options like potatoes or rice while still maintaining deliciousness.
- Cabbage is an inexpensive ingredient, making cabbage steaks a cheap choice that doesn't skimp on flavor.
- You can serve these steaks with a variety of sauces and toppings, allowing you to customize the flavor profile to suit your preferences. Our favorite is tahini sauce and fresh pomegranate. Tahini sauce adds some creaminess to the dish, and pomegranate seeds a refreshing and sweet touch.
Our Cabbage Steak Recipe is:
- An easy side dish
- An Autumn and winter recipe
- Quick to prepare
- An easy meal
- Festive. Great for Holiday meals
How to make our Roasted Cabbage Steaks Recipe
Cabbage. You will need a whole cabbage for this recipe. To make cabbage steaks, we recommend you use Green Cabbage or Savoy Cabbage. Another option is to use Red Cabbage, which makes the dish super festive! White Cabbage, Cannonball Cabbage, or Danish Ballhead won't get as tender once cooked and they tend to be sourer. It's important to choose a fresh, firm cabbage. The outer leaves of this green vegetable should have a vibrant color and no wilted or brown spots.
Olive oil and vegan butter. For this recipe, we use a combination of both, but feel free to simply use olive oil or vegan butter.
Seasoning ingredients. We use simple seasoning ingredients such as garlic, powder, black pepper, and ground cloves. You can use different spices such as onion powder, curry powder, sweet paprika, chili powder, nutmeg, cumin, or coriander.
Tahini Sauce. We like serving this side dish with a tahini sauce. This is totally optional, as you can serve it with other sauces of your choice, or maybe, if you are serving it with your Holiday meals, some gravy would be perfect. For the tahini sauce, we use tahini, lemon juice, maple syrup, sea salt, and water.
Pomegranate seeds. Fresh pomegranate always adds some sweetness and makes the dish look festive. Why not add some then?
- Place your cabbage on a cutting board and ensure that it's stable and not wobbling around. If necessary, trim the stem slightly to create a flat surface. Remove any loose leaves. We recommend using a sharp knife to make the slices. A medium-sized cabbage can be sliced into four thick pieces (four portions). Place the slices on a baking tray or baking sheet, covered with parchment paper to prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.
- Prepare the marinade by combining in a small bowl the olive oil, melted vegan butter, garlic powder, black pepper, ground cloves, and a pinch of salt. Brush over the thick cabbage slices using a baking brush. Be generous, as the moister they are, the nicer they'll taste. Flip the cabbage steaks carefully and repeat.
- Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and roast the thick slices of cabbage for about 30 minutes, or until they are tender, and you can see crispy edges. Make sure your oven is fully preheated before placing the cabbage steaks inside. This ensures they cook evenly and develop a nice caramelized crust. About halfway through the cooking time, carefully flip the cabbage steaks using a spatula. This helps ensure even browning on both sides.
- Take the baked Cabbage Steaks out, leave to cool for a few minutes, and add the tahini sauce and pomegranate seeds on top. Serve and enjoy!
Cabbage steaks can be enjoyed as a festive addition to your holiday centerpiece, or simply served with your favorite weekday meals as an easy and quick side. If you add the right ingredients to these steaks, they can also be a great option to serve as a main. Check out how to serve this easy cabbage recipe:
- Festive menu. Prepare a delicious holiday menu with these Cabbage steaks. Serve them with a hearty Nut Loaf, a fantastic Wellington, or a creamy Pie.
- Weekday meal. You can serve this Roasted Cabbage slices with a Tofu Schnitzel, or a Pasta dish such as this Harissa Pasta. This recipe makes for a great side dish.
- A Healthy Main dish. Our recipe can be served as a main dish, as the tahini sauce adds protein to the dish. Consider adding some chopped nuts for extra protein, and vegan feta.
Other topping options for your Cabbage Steaks
- Toasted nuts. Add some toasted pecan nuts, or cashews to give a little crunch to the dish.
- Cheese or Plant-based cheese. You can add some vegan feta cheese, or another type of plant-based cheese on top for extra flavor. If you are using regular cheese, add it five minutes before the cabbage steaks are ready. The cheese will melt and create a crispy, savory crust on top of the steaks.
- Try different sauces. If we don't have Tahini around, Romesco sauce, Fresh Basil Pesto, or Muhammara, are our top choices when it comes to Cabbage Steaks.
- If you like spicy flavors, consider adding some red pepper flakes on top, and drizzle some chili oil.
If you enjoy this recipe, we recommend you trying making Cauliflower Steaks next!
Store and Reheat
If you have leftovers, you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Make sure you keep the sauce in a separate container.
Reheat using a pan, the oven, or an air fryer. I don't recommend reheating using the microwave, as the cabbage will get soggy. We use our air fryer as it has a reheating mode.
Additionally, if you find yourself with leftover cabbage, it's easy to transform it into a delicious side like a crunchy coleslaw or a comforting casserole. You can also toss it into your favorite stir-fry recipe or add it to a nutritious vegetable soup.
FAQ and Tips
Can you make cabbage steaks in an air fryer?
Yes, you can make air fryer cabbage steaks. To do so, prepare the cabbage steaks as you would for oven roasting, seasoning them to your preference. Then, place the cabbage steaks in the air fryer basket, being careful not to overcrowd them. Cook at 375°F (190C) for about 10-12 minutes or until they are tender and golden brown. You may need to adjust the timing slightly based on your specific air fryer model.
What other veggies can I use instead of cabbage?
If you're looking for an alternative to cabbage, there are several other vegetables that can be prepared similarly to cabbage steaks. Cauliflower steaks, broccoli, or sweet potatoes are excellent options, as you can slice them into thick slabs and roast them until tender and caramelized. You may also want to try using large slices of eggplant, zucchini, or butternut squash, which become soft and flavorful when roasted or grilled.
Can I use other types of cabbage?
While green cabbage and Savoy Cabbage are the classic choices for cabbage steaks, you can experiment with other varieties like purple cabbage or Napa cabbage for unique flavors and colors. Red Cabbage steaks are definitely festive and taste delicious.
Meal Prep Tip
While it's best to serve cabbage steaks fresh out of the oven, you can prepare them in advance by slicing the cabbage and seasoning it. Store the seasoned cabbage steaks in the fridge until you're ready to roast them.
Easy Roasted Cabbage Steaks
- 1 green Cabbage
- 4 tablespoon olive Oil
- 20 g vegan butter
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoon tahini
- ½ lemon squeezed
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- A pinch of salt
- ½ pomegranate
- Black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
- Place your cabbage on a cutting board and ensure that it's stable and not wobbling around. If necessary, trim the stem slightly to create a flat surface.
- Using a sharp knife, slice the cabbage into thick steaks.
- Place the slices on a baking tray or baking sheet, using parchment paper to avoid them from sticking.
- Prepare the marinade by combining the olive oil, melted vegan butter, garlic powder, ground cloves, black peppr, and a pinch of salt.
- Season the cabbage steaks by brushing the marinade over each side. Once you have added marinade to all cabbage steaks, flip them carefully and repeat on the other side.
- Roast the cabbage slices for about 30 minutes, or until they are tender, and the edges have browned. Make sure your oven is fully preheated before placing the cabbage steaks inside.
- Carefully flip the cabbage steaks using a spatula. This helps ensure even browning on both sides.
- While the Cabbage steaks are cooking, combine the tahini, fresh lemon juice, and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Using a whisk or a fork, combine all the ingredients and pour water slowly while you keep whisking. Keep adding water until you reach the desired consistency.
- Take the Cabbage steaks out, leave to cool for a few minutes, and add the tahini sauce and pomegranate seeds on top. Serve and enjoy!
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