7 Easy Japanese Cabbage Recipes (Stir fry, salad, and more!)

Looking for an easy way to cook with cabbage? These Japanese Cabbage Recipes will help you enjoy this delicious vegetable with simple ingredients. Try them out today!

4 Japanese cabbage dishes.

Cabbage is a popular vegetable in Japan, and there are plenty of delicious ways to enjoy it, such as in stir-fries, salads, and soups. If you are new to cooking cabbage, these Japanese cabbage recipes, including vegan and vegetarian options, are perfect to get started!

In this collection of recipes, we spotlight green cabbage, Japan’s most commonly used cabbage variety. If you’re interested in recipes with napa cabbage, you can explore our Easy Napa Cabbage Recipes. Let’s dive in!

1. Cabbage Steak Recipe (Vegetarian)

Cabbage steaks served on a plate.

Introducing a delicious Cabbage Steak Recipe that can be served as a main dish or side! Sautéed with butter and soy sauce, this dish brings out the natural sweetness of cabbage!

2. Stir-fried Cabbage with Butter and Soy Sauce (Vegetarian)

Stir-fried cabbage served on a plate.

Are you looking for a quick and easy cabbage recipe? Try our Stir-fried Cabbage recipe! With just butter and soy sauce, ordinary cabbage becomes a delicious side dish!

3. Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Garlic and Sesame (Vegan)

Crunchy cabbage salad served on a plate.

Enjoy the refreshing Crunchy Cabbage Salad with savory garlic and sesame flavors. Whether as a side or standalone dish, it’s the perfect addition to any meal!

4. Vegetarian Cabbage Soup

Vegetarian cabbage soup served on a bowl.

Enjoy the cozy comfort of our Vegetarian Cabbage Soup—a warm and flavorful dish perfect for anyone seeking a delicious cabbage recipe. Give it a try!

5. Steamed Vegetables Using a Bamboo Steamer (Vegan)

Steamed vegetables in a bamboo steamer.

Enjoy the simplicity of Steamed Vegetables with this easy recipe! When you use a bamboo steamer, you’ll be greeted by the gentle aroma of bamboo. Give it a try!

6. Vegetable Yaki Udon (Vegan)

Yaki udon in a frying pan.

Vegetable Yaki Udon is a great, easy dinner idea for busy weeknights. It’s delicious and healthy and ready in under 15 minutes from start to finish!

7. Vegetable Gyoza Recipe (Vegan)

Gyoza served in a plate.

This Vegetable Gyoza is our family’s favorite! This simple recipe uses only vegetables, yet it’s delicious, flavorful, and crispy—you’ll want to make it again and again!

More Ways To Cook Japanese Green Cabbage

  • Miso Soup: Cabbage is simmered in dashi (Japanese soup stock) along with tofu and green onions, then miso paste is stirred in to create a hearty and comforting soup.
  • Stir-fry Vegetable: Sliced cabbage is quickly cooked with other vegetables, then seasoned with soy sauce or teriyaki sauce for added flavor.
  • Pickles: Make a quick Japanese side dish by mixing cut cabbage with shio kombu. You can substitute this Pickled Napa Cabbage recipe with green cabbage.

Your Questions Answered

What kind of cabbage is used in Japan?

The most commonly used cabbage in Japan are green cabbage and napa cabbage. Both varieties are widely utilized in Japanese dishes and often used interchangeably in recipes.

Can I eat cabbage raw, or does it need to be cooked?

Raw cabbage is commonly enjoyed in salads and pickles. Its crisp texture and slightly sweet flavor bring a refreshing element to dishes.

What part of cabbage do you not eat?

The outer green leaves of cabbage are often discarded due to their bitter taste and stringy texture. However, by slow cooking, they can be transformed into delicious soups or steamed dishes.

Can I freeze the cabbage for later use?

Yes, you can. Wash and cut it into bite-size pieces, then store it in a freezer bag. You can add frozen cabbage directly in dishes like soups and stews without thawing beforehand.

What kind of cabbage is used for okonomiyaki?

The cabbage typically used for Okonomiyaki, a popular Japanese savory pancake, is green cabbage.

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4 Japanese cabbage dishes.

Easy Japanese Cabbage Recipes

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Looking for an easy way to cook with cabbage? These Japanese Cabbage Recipes will help you enjoy this delicious vegetable with simple ingredients. Try them out today!


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