Roasted red cabbage makes an addictively yummy side dish to serve with dinner. It’s incredibly simple to prepare and yields delicious bits of savory and tender cabbage with crisped edges.
When it comes to roasting veggies we usually think Brussels sprouts, beets, and sweet potatoes, but red cabbage? That’s the last thing on our mind and we usually recognize it as a boiled and bland dish we had to eat for the new year.
It’s true, cabbage is an easy veggie to overlook but once you give this recipe a try, you’ll be penciling it in as a usual side dish for weeknight dinners.
Roasted Red Cabbage Recipe
So what does roasted red cabbage taste like? Well, the oven’s heat extracts the natural sugars which caramelize giving the veggie a savory-sweet flavor while the texture turns tender with crispy edges.
No wonder roasting is one of my favorite ways to prepare it.
From there you can serve roasted cabbage alongside an entree, as a veggie topping to salads for office lunches, or enjoy it straight from the pan like I often wind up doing. There’s no wrong way.
Here’s what you need to roast red cabbage:
- 1 head red cabbage
- olive oil
- seasonings of choice (about 1 teaspoon)
How to Roast Red Cabbage
Whether you call it red or purple cabbage, it all roasts the same and you can even replicate this recipe with regular white cabbage. Grab a large sheet pan, sharp knife, and those ingredients because we are about to make a surprisingly delicious veggie side dish.
Prepare the oven
Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.
Chop or slice
Using a 10″ chef’s knife, roughly chop or slice the cabbage into ½-inch thick pieces.
Be sure not to cut the cabbage too small or it risks drying out in the oven. I’ve found ½-inch thick slices or ‘cubes’ roast to perfection within 25 minutes.
Season and toss
Add the cabbage to the baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and your choice of seasonings.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
You’ll know the cabbage is done once it’s fork-tender and the edges of each piece are lightly browned.
What to Roast with Red Cabbage
Roasting veggies is the perfect opportunity to add protein and turn it into a sheet pan dinner you can make in the oven all at once. Just pair it with ingredients that can cook at the same temperature and finish at roughly the same time.
Proteins you can roast with red cabbage
Since certain cuts of chicken can take longer than 25 minutes to cook through, you can either place them on a separate baking sheet OR remove the cooked vegetables from the baking sheet around the 25-minute mark, then return the chicken to the oven to finish cooking.
While it’s an extra step, it’s still much easier than having the oven and stove-top going all at once.
|Boneless, skinless chicken thighs||25 mins or |
internal temp 165F.
|Boneless, skinless chicken breasts||35 mins or |
internal temp 175F
|Salmon fillets||10-12 mins or |
internal temp 145F
|Smoked chicken sausage||25 mins|
Vegetables you can roast with red cabbage
You can season these vegetables as you would red cabbage and they finish at the same time.
- cauliflower florets
- bell peppers, sliced
- butternut squash, cubed
- sweet potatoes, cubed
- baby red or golden potatoes, halved
Seasonings for Roasted Red Cabbage
Don’t want to fire up the oven? No problem! Try making sautéed cabbage instead. yum!
How to Serve Roasted Red Cabbage
There’s no shortage of yummy ways to serve roasted cabbage. Most often I serve it as a side dish with roasted chicken or fish and rice. You can also use it as a savory topping to bulk up salads or power bowls.
Let’s see all the ways you can up the yum factor for dinner: