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01-29-2008, 01:01 AM
I dont cook. I would like to make some cabbage, but Im not really sure how to cook it. I dont know if you can eat it raw but it doesnt sound to good to me like that. Anywho, the way I can remember eating it was as a kid with cornbeef. Im pretty sure my mom let the cabbage cook all day in some water on the stove. Is that how its supposed to cook, and if so how long do I need to let it cook for??

01-29-2008, 02:00 AM
Cabbage can be eaten raw (like coleslaw) or cooked. You could boil it all day, but personally I feel that boils all the flavor out of it as well.

I would google "cabbage recipes" and see what comes up. Avoiding the recipes with a lot of fat and cream sauces (obviously.) Cabbage can be steamed, boiled, sauteed, stirfried, and probably even roasted. You'll just have to experiment and see which way you like it.

01-29-2008, 02:53 AM
Cabbage is great raw. Slice it very thinly, mix with with cooked chicken and other asian veggies, add some low calorie asian dressing and sprinkle a few chopped nuts on top and you have a great main-dish salad.

I also love cabbage in soups and stir-fried with salt, pepper, and some lean ham or turkey kielbasa. And I love corned beef and cabbage! But I wouldn't cook the cabbage all day. It cooks up pretty fast--I bet your mom just added it during the last 15 minutes or so that the corned beef was cooking.

01-29-2008, 04:48 AM
Since you don't cook much, one of the easiest ways to prepare cabbage is to slice a wedge off the head and rinse it well-running water into a cut end so it runs through the cabbage. Shake off most of the water and leave it "whole" or cut it into bite size pieces.Put it in a microwave safe container (I use corning ware) with a cover. Don't add any more water than what's on it from rinsing. If you have a wedge about the size of your fist, microwave it for about 30-45 seconds. Check to see if it's steaming, if not cook it a little longer. I like it cooked tender crisp and I like it cooked til it's soft - but not boiled, it looses its flavor. Cabbage comes out somewhat sweet when steamed in the microwave. You can eat it plain or with a little of your favorite vinegar sprinkled on it.

Raw cabbage can be a little spicy and it's nice and crisp. If you cut it in bite-sized chunks, you can snack on it without dressing. Or try your favorite salad dressing on it and eat it as a salad.

01-29-2008, 08:33 AM
I eat raw cabbage every day. I make a red cabbage slaw that I eat several times throughout the day.

I shred the cabbage using a hand grater, add already shredded carrots that I buy in a package. I add some fresh lemon juice and a bit of splenda. Makes a great slaw and I have a low calorie, very filling, nutritious and tasty snack that keeps me satisfied.

01-29-2008, 08:53 AM
Robin, I've never made fresh slaw but that sounds good (and easy) and I'm gonna give it a try.

I have always boiled or steamed my cabbage or tossed it in a pot of stew.

01-29-2008, 05:40 PM
Robin...your slaw sounds great. Just lemon juice and splenda? No olive oil at all?

I personally love cabbage on tacos, instread of lettuce (especially grilled, fish tacos! Yum!

I put in my homemade chicken and veggie soup. I also make a Chinese chicken salad with it and dress it with Paul Newman's light Asian dressing.

01-06-2009, 02:28 AM
I loove cabbage! I just boil up raw cabbage and season with seasoning salt and pepper. I make a big pot and eat on it for days!

01-06-2009, 03:21 PM
My family loves cabbage. I grew up with my grandmother boiling it a lifeless and mushy pulp. Now, I saute the cabbage. I remove the outer leaves and core of the cabbage. I rise the cabbage and slice it into 1-1.5 inch slices. I heat a pan until it is almost smoking hot. I then spray the pan and add the cabbage to the pan. Sometime I add garlic, onions or green peppers to the pan. But I love just the cabbage. I shake the pan enough during cooking to keep the cabbage from burning. Just when the cabbage is starting to wilt. I will turn the heat down to about medium. I then stir the cabbage and make sure that it is not completely browning. After the cabbage has wilted just a bit, I cover the pan and turn the heat down to low to let it steam just so that cabbage does not crunch like chips. Sometimes I do not allow it to steam if I want a little more firmness and crunch. At the end of cooking, I lightly season with salt and pepper, pepper sauce or red pepper flakes. Also, sometimes I will leave the S&P out and use Cajun seasoning. This stuff is so good. It does not take long to cook at all. Do not salt cabbage during cooking . . . it makes the cabbage begin to let go of its water. YUM YUM.

I love the cabbage because it is cheap and I don't feel terrible about it devouring a small head of it at a time.

01-06-2009, 04:54 PM
WebRover, I never thought of cooking cabbage in the microwave! That's an excellent idea! I'm adding cabbage to my shopping list right now. :)

01-06-2009, 06:47 PM
I adore cabbage and usually have a slaw similar to RockinRobin's in my fridge. Since it keeps for a few days it is a lifesaver when you are super hungry and need some bulk, plus veggies rule. I also like it roughly hand shredded and cooked with onions, garlic and Dijon mustard. Mustard and cabbage have that love chemistry thing. Add some protein like small bits of chicken which will cook as quickly as the cabbage and you have a cheap tasty filling meal in under 15 minutes. Snip some fresh herbs like parsley or dill over the top and it is really good.

RN BSN 2009
01-06-2009, 06:55 PM
I will cook cabbage leaves in some diluted tomato soup and it ends up tasting like the cabbage leftovers from stuffed cabbage!

01-06-2009, 07:12 PM
Robin's coleslaw sounds delish!

I steam mine on the stove, for about 8-10 mins. I cut it up in wedges and loosen them and put it in the steamer... I make the whole head and eat it for days... DH and I are the only ones that like it though, kids they just wanna :barf:... I also add it to soups ....

01-06-2009, 10:59 PM
I make cabbage "noodles" for anything I would have served on pasta in the old days. I just slice the cabbage really thin and either saute with a little water or microwave in a covered container. It only takes a few minutes and makes a good base for all sorts of saucy things. I also love to saute it with some garlic, fennel seeds, and a few red pepper flakes until tender crisp. Makes a tasty, very filling side dish. I love bulky veggies!

01-07-2009, 02:28 PM
I will cook cabbage leaves in some diluted tomato soup and it ends up tasting like the cabbage leftovers from stuffed cabbage!

My mom chops up a head of cabbage (if pressed for time I bet a bag of coleslaw would also do as well), browns hamburger or bulk sausage, bungs them into a casserole together with a can of tomato soup and puts it in the oven. Mmmmm. She used to make real stuffed cabbage but now thinks it's too much work so the only time I eat the real thing is in a Lean Cuisine

01-07-2009, 09:04 PM
I stirfry it all by itself in my wok with a wee bit of sesame oil and whatever Asian seasonings I happen to have on hand topped with some tamari. YUMMO! I just so happens I had it last night.

01-08-2009, 09:57 AM
Why just last night I made a side dish of sauteed cabbage, zucchini slices, bits of green pepper and added a can of petite diced tomatoes. Seasoned it with garlic salt & lots of pepper. I just used Pam intead of any oil. So good and was a perfect addition to the grilled tilapia and brown rice we had.

01-08-2009, 10:16 AM
I like cooked cabbage, not raw. I either boil it with a little oil salt and pepper or make chicken soup. For soup, I boil dark meat chicken with butter, salt and pepper, then I take the chicken out and put in thinly sliced cabbage in, when the cabbage is done I pull the meat off the bone and put it on the pot with the cabbage. My whole family loves it.

01-08-2009, 01:14 PM
I like the pre-fab shredded up cabbage in a baggie....EZ and healthy veggie!

My fave way to have it is with shredded hot & sweet peppers as a topping with salsa on grilled fish or chicken tacos. If you want to be super low carb you can wrap the chicken or fish in lettuce wraps, but I like fresh corn tortillas. Yum!

I like it stir-fried asian style, but the long-cooked type cabbage a la corned beef and cabbage absolutely gags me.

01-08-2009, 03:37 PM
I sometimes make this soup for my family. It's really good and even better the next day. It's better to make the rice separate and then put into your bowl so that it doesn't get really soggy.
Stuffed Cabbage Soup

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground sirloin
1 (1-pound) bag classic coleslaw mix
1 large onion
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in puree
2 (15-ounce) cans beef broth
1 ½ cups water
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 beef bullion cubes (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup rice


Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Add beef and sauté 8 to 10 minutes, until browned. Add coleslaw mix and onion. Mix well and cook, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, stirring once half way through. Add tomatoes and puree, broth, water, brown sugar, lemon juice, bullion cubes and salt. Bring to a boil and add rice. Stir in well. Lower to a simmer and cover. Let cook for 45 minutes, until beef and rice are tender.

Redneck Charger
01-13-2009, 05:49 PM
Don't add any more water than what's on it from rinsing. If you have a wedge about the size of your fist, microwave it for about 30-45 seconds. Check to see if it's steaming, if not cook it a little longer. I like it cooked tender crisp and I like it cooked til it's soft - but not boiled, it looses its flavor. Cabbage comes out somewhat sweet when steamed in the microwave.

Just tried this, with some pepper on it, was delicioius.. Only ohter time I eat cabbage is in soup.. found this very very good.. thank you!:hug:

01-15-2009, 07:01 PM
i actually had some ziploc steaming bags and it works great a couple minutes and its done. btw...also did shrimp in it and it was amazingly good...actually tasted like i cooked it in butter