Perfect Roasted Cabbage (Quick & Easy!)

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Baking sheet of perfect roasted cabbage

Cabbage may just be our favorite vegetable to roast because it gets crispy, caramelized, slightly sweet, and pairs well with just about any seasoning! Once roasted, it’s perfect for adding to bowls, salads, and soups, or just enjoying as a side.

It also couldn’t be easier — just 3 ingredients, 1 pan, and 25 minutes required. Let us show you our tried-and-true method for perfect roasted cabbage every time!

Using a large knife to slice red cabbage

Why Roast Cabbage?

Have you ever looked in the fridge and asked yourself, “How am I going to use up this entire head of cabbage before it goes bad?” If so, then you need roasted cabbage (and sauerkraut) in your life.

Once roasted, it shrinks down, becomes sweet, and suddenly that doomed-for-the-compost cabbage has a new life!

Using a spoon to sprinkle curry powder on thinly sliced red cabbage

How to Make Roasted Cabbage

To make sure we were bringing you the best possible roasted cabbage recipe, we tested cutting the cabbage in various ways, plus different cooking temperatures, times, seasonings, and more.

In the end, our tried-and-true method won out: Thinly slice cabbage, lightly coat with oil, salt, and seasonings (optional), and then bake to crispy perfection!

Thinly sliced red cabbage sprinkled with curry powder

For seasonings, our favorite pairing is our DIY curry powder. Also delicious would be our Shawarma Spice Blend or Za’atar. But even when seasoned with just salt, you’ll be amazed how quickly the panful is devoured.

Baking sheet of roasted red cabbage seasoned with curry powder

We hope you LOVE this roasted cabbage! It’s:

Caramelized
Tender with crispy edges
Quick & easy
Versatile
& SO delicious!

It’s perfect as a side with nearly any main or added to bowlssalads, soups, and more. It would go especially well in Savory Moong Dal Rice Crepes with 1-Pan Potato (Aloo) Sabzi. Or serve alongside Crispy Quinoa Sweet Potato Fritters or Curried Quinoa Chickpea Burgers. The possibilities are endless!

More Perfect Roasted Vegetables

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Bowl filled with roasted cabbage

Perfect Roasted Cabbage (Quick & Easy!)

A quick and easy tutorial for making PERFECT roasted cabbage every time! Crispy, delicious, and versatile. Just 3 ingredients, 1 pan, and 25 minutes required.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Wooden spoon scooping up roasted cabbage on a baking sheet
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 (Servings)
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

  • 4 cups thinly sliced cabbage (red or green)
  • 1 ½ – 2 tsp avocado oil (or olive oil // use the greater end of range if adding spices)
  • 1 healthy pinch sea salt
  • 1 healthy pinch black pepper (optional)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp curry powder (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F (218 C) and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (use more baking sheets if making a larger batch).
  • Add thinly sliced cabbage to the prepared baking sheet, drizzle with oil, and toss to evenly coat. Arrange in a single layer, sprinkle with a healthy pinch each sea salt and black pepper (optional), and with curry powder (optional). If using curry powder, toss once more to evenly coat cabbage with spices.
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes or until golden brown and tender. The time it takes will depend on how thinly the cabbage is sliced. Toss at the halfway point to encourage even browning.
  • Taste test and add more salt if desired. Enjoy as a simple side dish or in bowls, salads, soups, and more.
  • Best when fresh. Leftovers will keep for 2-3 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Not freezer friendly.

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 75 Carbohydrates: 10.3 g Protein: 2.3 g Fat: 3.6 g Saturated Fat: 0.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 68 mg Potassium: 303 mg Fiber: 4 g Sugar: 5.7 g Vitamin A: 174 IU Vitamin C: 65.2 mg Calcium: 71.3 mg Iron: 0.8 mg

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  1. Robin says

    Oh my gosh- so easy and so delicious! Made it as a side to your white bean pot pies for a holiday dinner. So pretty! Rave reviews from family. Haven’t tried with curry powder yet as my parents are not curry fans but will try soon! Used garlic granules with the salt and pepper. Great new healthy and easy veggie side to go into our regular rotation. Plus my teenager ate cabbage! Win!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ooo, we love to hear this! So glad it was enjoyed by all, the garlic powder sounds delish. Thanks for your reviews, Robin!

  2. Anna-Lena says

    Hi there,
    this recipe looks really good and I’d love to try it. Do you recommend a specific oven setting? I usually use the fan-setting as it helps with crispiness, but I’m afraid the cabbage might dry out too much and burn (218C seems quite a lot).
    Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Anna-Lena, we used a conventional oven. If using fan-assisted/convection, you might want to reduce the temperature to 204 C. Hope that helps!

  3. Jess Clayton says

    Hi, do you think this could work as well with a white cabbage? Or is it too different a beast to the green and red cabbage…? Love your site. Thank you, Jess

  4. Jennifer Bliss says

    This turned out so well! I used a half head of red cabbage and eye balled the amount of curry. I never would have thought to add curry powder but it took the cabbage to another level. YUM!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Jennifer! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  5. Melissa says

    I have some frozen cabbage that I’m not sure what to do with. Do you think this would be a good option for that? I blanched it before freezing. Looks delicious!

  6. Jess says

    This is absurdly delicious. For my tastebuds, I lowered it to 2 tsp curry powder and it was still a very noticeable flavoring. I used toasted sesame oil and sprinkled on sesame seeds before serving. I served it with a honey garlic grilled salmon with rice and this made the entire meal! My three year old had a taste before dinner and despite me telling him it was red cabbage he walked away muttering, “Mmm, I really like the bacon mom…” If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know, not sure what does! I

  7. Lindsey says

    When I saw this recipe in my inbox it jumped right out at me. I had half a green cabbage leftover from another night and it was about 10 seconds from being past it’s prime. This was exactly what I needed to light the fire (preheat the oven) and use the rest of it. And curry? Genius! So good. I would even say magical. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Keren says

    I just made this after seeing the recipe. I divided the tray between purple cabbage and Napa cabbage, the former giving a much better result since Napa cabbage is moister and didn’t quite crisp up the way the purple cabbage did. Still delicious, though :-D This dish spurred on an entire Indian-inspired dinner, which hubby and I ate with the cabbage. Will definitely make this again often, trying different spices when the mood arises. I love your website, it’s one of my core go-to’s for food inspo! xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks, Sherry! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  9. June says

    This looks really good. Have you tried it with green cabbage? Just wondering if it would taste as good.

  10. Bridget says

    This recipe has blown my mind. I saw it posted on IG and happened to have a half red cabbage in my fridge that I needed to use up (this always seems to be a problem when I buy cabbage).

    This was fast, simple, and seriously delicious. The flavor of the cabbage is completely transformed and takes on the flavor of seasoning really well. I used salt, pepper, and chili powder to match the flavor profile of my meal. The crispy bits were so good. My kids also approved!

  11. Jordan Garcia says

    Genius!! Can’t wait to try. I’m sad to say I have tossed many half heads of red cabbage after not knowing what to do with it all, so again… Genius!!!!

    • Christine says

      Just love shredded baked red cabbage but didn’t think to try it with curry powder. I usually toss it with finely sliced onion and apple slices then sprinkle with a bit of fresh thyme and a splash of balsamic. Can’t wait to try it this way, always looking for different ideas and you never disappoint.

  12. Kim says

    Think you could do this with frozen cabbage? I have a bag I shredded and froze months ago and am wondering if I ought to defrost and maybe get the moisture out, then try?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi there! I think it’s possible. OR you could very lightly spritz it with oil to help it caramelize. A little oil is ideal for best texture / flavor but not critical! Let us know if you try.

      • Alex says

        Hi Dana,
        Just made this for lunch today as a side, firstly I added only Zaatar and it was kind of bland-ish, but otherwise very tasty. Immediately after, I made another one, which I seasoned with homemade Berbere. OMG! Even my hubby who is not too fond of veggies, devoured it! Thanks for another quick recipe, the taste even reminds me of one classical croatian recipe that my Granny would make, she’d caramelize green cabbage with onion and sugar and the mix with small pieces of cooked pasta.

  13. Louize says

    it is like you read my mind – I just finished googling cabbage recipes and couldn’t believe nothing on your site came up!! I always pick your recipes over the others as they always work well for me, so without a minimalist baker idea, I just sautéed about 1/3 of the cabbage with no idea what to do with the rest… now I know :)

      • Louize says

        I made it and it was delicious!
        I did add a couple of apples and used ras-al-hanout instead of curry powder as that was what I had!
        It was super easy, super tasty and will be added to my regular list! Thank you :)