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Sautéed Cabbage with Caramelised Onion and Sage

This side dish recipe of Sautéed Cabbage with Caramelised Onion and Sage is definitely one of those comfort food moments. Cabbage is one of those hearty and healthy vegetables that is oh so satisfying to eat. Cabbage is a super versatile vegetable that can be cooked in so many ways, it can be paired with lots of different ingredients, and adds great texture to a meal.

If you are looking for a simple sautéed cabbage and onions recipe, this is the one for you.

White bowl of cabbage, onion and sage
Easy Cabbage Recipe

What is in Sautéed Cabbage with Caramelised Onion and Sage?

This is an easy and simple to make cabbage recipe with just 5 ingredients plus seasoning. The recipe calls for half of a white cabbage but you can use any cabbage you prefer. Plus you need a medium-sized white onion and some fresh sage leaves. The other ingredients are butter and oil to fry, then salt and pepper to season. That’s it! 

White Cabbage Recipe
White Cabbage Recipe

What does Sautéed Cabbage with Sage and Caramelised Onion taste like?

Delicious! This vegetable side dish of cabbage tastes earthy and hearty. The caramelised onion gives it a sweetness and the sage gives that herby earthy flavour. The cabbage has a slightly bitter taste but this varies according to the cabbage variety used and how long it is cooked for.

Top view of bowl of cabbage with sage leaves on the side
Cabbage with sage and onion

What is sautéed cabbage?

Sautéed cabbage is simply pan-fried sliced cabbage. In our recipe, we like to quickly blanch the sliced cabbage in some boiling salted water for a few minutes first. Then we fry the cabbage along with onion and sage for extra flavour.

You can just sauté the raw cabbage if you prefer. This method would hold more bite in texture to the cabbage. 

Fork picking up some of the sautéed cabbage and onions
Sautéed Cabbage

How long do you cook cabbage for?

The length of time needed to cook cabbage really depends on the texture you are looking for. Cabbage can be eaten raw and it is deliciously crunchy. A quick blanch or boil in hot water for a few minutes will soften the cabbage a little. Frying or sautéing the cabbage for up to 10 minutes gives you a slightly caramelised texture.

Sage and onion cabbage recipe
Sage and onion cabbage recipe

What goes well with cabbage?

As a lovely winter vegetable cabbage goes well with an earthy meat such as pork. Cabbage is a classic pairing for sausages, pork chops, or roast pork. Cabbage is often a side dish for meals containing lamb or beef. And of course, almost everything goes well with chicken.

As a vegetarian or vegan option, cabbage is wonderfully versatile. We have served this as leftovers with pasta or noodles and it was epic.

Is this recipe vegan or vegetarian?

Yes, it is. Just replace the butter with vegetable oil if you are vegan.

Cabbage with sage and onion recipe
Cabbage with sage and onion recipe

Can I substitute any of the ingredients in this cabbage recipe?

You can replace the white cabbage with whichever cabbage you have to hand, we have made this with savoy cabbage many times. Sautéed savoy cabbage is delicious!

To add more flavour you can add 1 or 2 crushed garlic cloves when you fry the onions. If you don’t have any sage leaves you can replace with a sprig of fresh thyme if you prefer.

This recipe is also nice with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end, before serving.

Sauteed Cabbage
Sauteed Cabbage

Sautéed Cabbage with Caramelised Onion and Sage (serves 4)

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Medium White Onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 White Cabbage (approx 200-250g when cooked), sliced into strips
  • 6 -8 Large Sage Leaves, finely sliced lengthways
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Method

  1. In a large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil and butter over a medium heat until the butter has melted. Add the onions and fry slowly, stirring frequently, until the onions are golden. Slow and steady is the key to caramelised onions. Reduce the heat on the pan if they catch too quickly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pan of salted boiling water, add the shredded cabbage and cooked for 3-4 minutes. Drain immediately, rinse under cold water and set aside.
  3. When the onions are caramelised stir through the sliced sage leaves and season with lots of black pepper.
  4. Add the cabbage and cook on medium heat for a further 5 minutes. Season with a generous pinch of salt and serve.

Enjoy this sautéed cabbage recipe!

Yield: 4

Sautéed Cabbage with Caramelised Onion and Sage

Sage and onion cabbage recipe

This side dish recipe of Sautéed Cabbage with Sage and Caramelised Onion is definitely one of those comfort food moments. Cabbage is one of those hearty and healthy vegetables that is oh so satisfying to eat. Cabbage is a super versatile vegetable that can be cooked in so many ways, it can be paired with lots of different ingredients, and adds great texture to a meal.

Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Medium White Onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 White Cabbage (approx 200-250g when cooked), sliced into strips
  • 6 -8 Large Sage Leaves, finely sliced lengthways
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. In a large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil and butter over a medium heat until the butter has melted. Add the onions and fry slowly, stirring frequently, until the onions are golden. Slow and steady is the key to caramelised onions. Reduce the heat on the pan if they catch too quickly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pan of salted boiling water, add the shredded cabbage and cooked for 3-4 minutes. Drain immediately, rinse under cold water and set aside.
  3. When the onions are caramelised stir through the sliced sage leaves and season with lots of black pepper.
  4. Add the cabbage and cook on medium heat for a further 5 minutes. Season with a generous pinch of salt and serve.

Notes

To make this recipe vegan replace the butter with more vegetable oil.

You can replace the white cabbage with whichever cabbage you have to hand, we have made this with savoy cabbage many times. Sautéed savoy cabbage is delicious!

To add more flavour you can add 1 or 2 crushed garlic cloves when you fry the onions. If you don’t have any sage leaves you can replace with a sprig of fresh thyme if you prefer.

This recipe is also nice with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end, before serving.

Sautéed Cabbage with Caramelised Onion and Fried Sage
Sautéed Cabbage with Caramelised Onion and Fried Sage

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