Lemon Garlic Sauteed Cabbage

One of my favorite cabbage recipes! See how to make delicious sautéed cabbage with fresh lemon and garlic. Simple, quick, and delicious! Jump to the Quick and Easy Sautéed Cabbage Recipe

Easy Lemon Garlic Sauteed Cabbage

My Favorite Way to Cook Cabbage

This is a simple, delicious, and healthy recipe for cooking cabbage. It’s also my go-to method. If you have never sautéed cabbage before, you need to start. As the cabbage cooks in the pan, it wilts, turns tender, and becomes sweet. Cabbage may sound like a boring side, but this is one of our favorite sides to make.

The Best Way to Cook Cabbage

Cabbage is underrated and is a nutrient powerhouse. It’s good for you with high levels of vitamin C, is antioxidant-rich, and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits.

We love cabbage in many forms, but our favorite way to cook it is to saute it in a little fat on the stove. In this easy recipe, we stay on the healthier side and cook the cabbage in olive oil, but you can swap the olive oil for other fats.

Try butter, coconut oil or nut oils like walnut. You can even cook a few pieces of bacon before the cabbage and use the rendered bacon fat for extra flavor — we do this for our easy bacon fried cabbage recipe.

Making The Recipe

Making this cabbage recipe could not be simpler. Heat some fat in a skillet, add shredded cabbage (I’ve shared my tips for shredding cabbage below), a bit of salt and pepper, and the cook until wilted and sweet.

Simply sautéed cabbage cooked with olive oil, salt and a bit of pepper is quite delicious, but when we have them in the kitchen, we love to add minced garlic and fresh lemon juice.

The garlic adds flavor, and the lemon brightens up the dish. If you don’t have a lemon, apple cider vinegar is an excellent substitute.

If you love the lemon and garlic combo, try our balsamic sautéed Brussels sprouts, garlic butter sautéed green beans, easy sautéed kale or this lemony sautéed spinach!

How to Shred Cabbage

I love shredded cabbage in this recipe. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Remove any tattered or bruised outer leaves.
  2. Cut the cabbage into quarters, and then cut out the core.
  3. Slice the cabbage quarters into thin shreds. You can hand shred with a knife (like in the photos below), use a mandoline or use your food processor shredding attachment.
How to Cut Cabbage
Quartering the cabbage makes removing the core easier.
How to Cut Cabbage into Shreds
Slice the quartered cabbage into thin shreds.

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Lemon Garlic Sauteed Cabbage

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This easy, healthy recipe for sauteed cabbage is delicious. As the cabbage cooks in the pan, it wilts, turns tender, and becomes sweet. Cabbage may sound like a boring side, but this is one of our favorite side dishes to make. White cabbage is our favorite for this, but other cabbage varieties will work. Keep in mind, though, that Napa cabbage will release more moisture and won’t brown as nicely in the pan.

Makes 4 servings

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

2 pounds white cabbage, core removed and shredded (10 cups)

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

Pinch crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt or more to taste

Half of a lemon, cut into wedges


    Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage, garlic, red pepper flakes, and the salt. It might seem like too much cabbage for the pan, but as it cooks, the cabbage will wilt down.

    Cook, stirring occasionally until the cabbage is tender and some of the cabbage begins to turn a light brown; 10 to 15 minutes.

    Squeeze the juice from 2 lemon wedges over the cabbage. Taste then adjust with more salt, pepper, and lemon juice as needed.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • To shred the cabbage, quarter the cabbage through the core, and then cut out the core. Cut each quarter crosswise in half and finely shred. Rinse and spin or pat very dry.
  • This cabbage recipe is excellent with onions, add them to the pan at the same time as the cabbage.
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 105 / Total Fat 5.6g / Saturated Fat 0.8g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 338.5mg / Carbohydrate 14.3g / Dietary Fiber 3.9g / Total Sugars 6.9g / Protein 2.7g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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52 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Vicky Hershberger September 26, 2022, 7:12 pm

    Wow! We loved this easy, fabulous side dish! Adding lemon made the cabbage extra good. It’s our new favorite!

  • Gregory Vatistas September 18, 2022, 6:29 pm

    Made it this evening and I was very pleased, I think the next time I will add onions too. But it will be a forever side.

  • Astamari August 8, 2022, 6:33 pm

    A very good sauteed cabbage recipe. Yes, onions are an important addition (along with the garlic). I added a couple of Tbs of pico de gallo for a spicier acidity but your recipe is just fine.

  • Jess May 23, 2022, 10:17 pm

    Do the red pepper flakes add any flavor or could they be taken out of the recipe?

    • Joanne July 15, 2022, 6:31 pm

      They add a little bit of heat. You can leave them out, if you’d prefer.

  • Wini Holt May 22, 2022, 7:37 pm

    Your recipes look delicious and I can’t wait to try some!

  • Jo April 2, 2022, 2:04 pm

    Easy, affordable, and delicious! I don’t cook it down quite as long as recommended since I prefer the crunch and I halve the recipe to make it as my whole lunch. My kiddo eats every bite, too!

  • Solwandle March 15, 2022, 1:36 pm

    Just finished making and eating this.. very nice flavor to it..

  • Kevin March 2, 2022, 5:38 pm

    Really tasty loved it

  • Margie February 3, 2022, 3:51 pm

    Made the lemon cabbage today.. OMG!!!! I’m in love with it

  • houstie January 16, 2022, 12:24 pm

    Lovely, I didn’t have a lemon so used cider vinegar, as mentionned in the recipe as an alternative and it was delicious! I’m actually making it for a second time at this very moment.

  • Kaylee Myers January 1, 2022, 4:24 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of cabbage until now! The recipe is quick, the ingredients are simple, and the lemon juice sends it out of this world! I’ll be making this again soon! It makes a ton, which is great if you meal prep!

  • Ainslie White December 8, 2021, 12:29 am

    This was excellent! I usually buy cabbage to make lazy cabbage roll casserole. I ended up wanting a side for supper and stumbled across this recipe. It’s great! I think I may have added a bit more cabbage so I just added a bit of EVOO while cooking it down. Awesome! Quick and easy as stated! And Yummy! Thanks for the new veggie/side in the rotation!

  • Pamela October 11, 2021, 7:09 pm


  • alexus hardy June 13, 2021, 8:05 pm

    Made this for my family last night and it was so good I added shrimp.

  • Rachael May 25, 2021, 5:27 pm

    So easy and so delicious! The garlic and crushed red pepper lends flavor and heat, while the fresh lemon juice provides a fresh zing. I’ll definitely make this again!


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