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:
- Red cabbage: red or purple, whichever you call it. You can also make this same recipe with green cabbage.
- Olive oil: so the veggies don’t stick to the pan.
- Salt: brings out the flavor of the cabbage.
- Seasonings of choice: Italian seasoning, curry powder, garlic powder, or anything you like! *Use 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
Is Roasted Red Cabbage Good For You?
Red cabbage is packed with nutrients, and thanks to the delicious roasted flavor, this mouthwatering recipe makes it easy to reap those nutritional benefits!
Just one cup of raw, chopped cabbage contains 28 calories and a ton of essential vitamins:
- Fat: 0
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 7 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin C: 56%
- Vitamin K: 28%
Seasonings for Roasted Red Cabbage
Cabbage is a blank canvas for all sorts of seasoning blends! You’d be surprised how some time in the oven with everyday spices and herbs can take the flavors of this simple vegetable up a notch. Here’s what to try:
- Creole seasoning + salt: for a little kick, but not a whole lot of spicy, Creole seasoning is where it’s at!
- Italian seasoning + salt: it’s fragrant, flavorful, and goes with any roasted veggie or protein.
- Garlic powder + salt + pepper: the most basic pantry staples that bring the most flavor.
- Curry powder + salt: warm curry spice on roasted vegetables is a must!
- Roasted Vegetable Seasoning: it’s the perfect blend of garlic powder, spice, and herbs!
- Sriracha Seasoning Blend: for all my sweet, spicy lovers out there, this seasoning is THE ONE.
- Chinese 5 Spice Powder + salt: a traditional Chinese seasoning blend of star anise, fennel, peppercorn, cloves, and ground cinnamon.
- Ranch seasoning: salty, slightly tangy with hints of chive and dill. You can’t pass this one up!
Don’t want to fire up the oven? No problem! Try making sautéed cabbage instead. yum!
How to Store and Reheat Leftovers
Place leftover roasted cabbage in a meal prep container and refrigerate it for up to 4 days. When you’re ready to eat, place the desired amount of cabbage in a microwave-safe dish and microwave it for 1-2 minutes or until heated through and tender.
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:
- Maple Miso Glazed Salmon Bowls
- on the side of these Baked Sheet Pan Sausage & Peppers
- swap for raw cabbage in these Thai Chicken Bowls
- on the top of Fall Roasted Vegetable Salad with Chicken
Perfectly Roasted Red Cabbage
- 1 head red cabbage, sliced into ½-inch thick cubes or slices
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon roasted veggie seasoning
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Add the cabbage to the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and seasonings. Toss to combine and spread the cabbage out in an even layer onto the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the cabbage is tender through the center and the edges are lightly browned.
- Remove from the oven and serve.