7 Easy Japanese Napa Cabbage Recipes To Try Today

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Looking for fresh ideas and the best way to cook with Napa cabbage? These easy-to-make Japanese Napa Cabbage Recipes will help you enjoy this versatile vegetable. Try them out today!

napa cabbage, napa cabbage slaw and napa cabbage rolls.

Napa cabbage is a popular winter vegetable in Japan, and there are countless ways to prepare it, from savory stir-fries to refreshing salads and hearty soups. With these healthy vegetarian Napa Cabbage Recipes, you’re sure to discover delicious and new ways to enjoy this nutritious vegetable! Let’s dive in!

Napa Cabbage

Napa cabbage, Hakusai in Japanese, is a variety of Chinese cabbage commonly used in Asian cooking. It has a milder and sweeter flavor with a more delicate texture than regular cabbage. The best season is during the cold months, from November to February.

A head of cabbage weighs between 2 to 4 kilograms on average. The leaves are tightly packed together and wrap around each other, forming a dense head. The outer leaves are typically darker and thicker, while the inner leaves are lighter and more tender

1. Napa Cabbage Coleslaw

Napa cabbage coleslaw served on a bowl.

If you’re looking for a Napa cabbage salad recipe, try this Napa Cabbage Coleslaw! It’s simple and delicious! You might find yourself making it over and over again.

2. Vegetarian Napa Cabbage Rolls

Napa cabbage roll with tofu served on a bowl.

These Vegetarian Napa Cabbage Rolls are made by wrapping tofu fillings with tender napa cabbage and simmering them. They’re hearty and delicious!

3. Pickled Napa Cabbage

Japanese Pickled Napa Cabbage

Try this Pickled Napa Cabbage that is refreshing, crunchy, and packed with flavor! It’s a perfect side dish to enjoy napa cabbage’s crisp texture and delicate sweetness in a simple and healthy dish.

4. Napa Cabbage Soup

Napa cabbage soup served on a bowl.

Napa Cabbage Creamy Miso Soup is a cream-based soup made with soy milk, miso, and dashi broth (soup stock). This delicious, hearty soup is a cozy and satisfying meal option on cold days or busy weeknights.

5. Napa Cabbage Miso Stir-fry

Napa cabbage stir fry served on a plate.

Are you looking for a napa cabbage recipe for dinner? This Japanese Napa Cabbage Miso Stir-fry is just perfect for you. It’s an easy recipe and authentic miso flavor level up your dish.

6. Vegetable Yakisoba (Japanese Vegan Stir-Fried Noodles)

Vegetable yaki soba.

Vegetable Yakisoba is a quick and easy Japanese stir-fried noodle dish. When you’re short on time, this recipe will be ready in no time!

7. Japanese Egg Miso Soup Recipe (Vegetarian)

Egg miso soup served on a bowl.

Make your own delicious Egg Miso Soup at home with this easy recipe! Dive into the cozy taste of Japan, perfect for soup lovers who enjoy healthy and flavorful meals.

More Ways To Cook Napa Cabbage

  • Stir-fry napa cabbage and other vegetables, such as green onions, bok choy, carrot, and mushrooms with sesame oil, and season with soy sauce. Oyster sauce also works well.
  • Sauté napa cabbage with olive oil and garlic, and season with sea salt. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a spicy flavor if desired.
  • In salads, napa cabbage can be thinly sliced, mixed with other vegetables, such as romaine lettuce and red cabbages, and dressed for an easy side dish.

How to Store Napa Cabbage

a head of napa cabbage.
  • Room temperature: To store a head of Napa cabbage (without cutting it), wrap it in newspaper and place it in a cool place, making sure to stand the cabbage upright. If stored properly, the Napa cabbage should stay fresh for up to two weeks.
  • Refrigerator: After cutting the cabbage, be sure to store it in the refrigerator. Wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the vegetable drawer. To keep the freshness for a longer period, it is best to cover the cut edges with a damp paper towel before wrapping it in plastic wrap. Cut Napa cabbage can last for about a week in the refrigerator.
  • Freezer: To freeze Napa cabbage, dry the leaves thoroughly, cut them into bite-sized pieces, and place them in a freezer bag. When you’re ready to use the frozen cabbage, add it directly to your recipe without thawing. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may be slightly different after being frozen. Frozen Napa cabbage can be stored in the freezer for up to one month.

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Easy Japanese Napa Cabbage Recipes

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Juri Austin
Looking for fresh ideas and the best way to cook with Napa cabbage? These easy-to-make Japanese Napa Cabbage Recipes will help you enjoy this versatile vegetable. Try them out today!


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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: napa cabbage recipes
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