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Easy Sesame Garlic Sautéed Purple Cabbage

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


If you've been avoiding cabbage now is the time to give it a try! This Easy Sesame Garlic Sautéed Purple Cabbage will CHANGE the way you look at this vibrant veggie.


  • 1 small head red (purple) cabbage (or half a large head) [~ 1 pound], white core removed, chopped into 1-inch chunks 
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon toasted or raw white sesame seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)


  1. Preheat a 12-inch cast iron skillet on the stovetop over medium heat.  Once hot, add chopped cabbage, oil, salt and pepper.  Use tongs to toss well and sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Add sesame seeds, garlic and maple syrup and sauté over low heat for another 6-8 minutes until cabbage is fork tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.  
  3. Serve immediately while hot or allow to cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to five days.  Reheat leftovers on the stovetop or microwave.  


Tip: Don't overcrowd your skillet with the cabbage or it won't get crispy and caramelized.  

  • Prep Time: 3
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop

Keywords: sauteed red cabbage