This Roasted red cabbage is a simple side dish that is easy to make and full of flavor. You only need 5 everyday ingredients and a few minutes of prep to make this colorful nutritious dish.
Suitable for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.
Looking for more red cabbage recipes? Then you will love this simple roasted red cabbage recipe.
About that word I just used: ‘simple.’ I sometimes worry about using it when describing recipes because I fear some people hear ‘simple’ and think ‘boring’ or ‘bland.’
Simple, to me, means few ingredients but still maximum flavor. This roasted red cabbage recipe may not have 20 ingredients, but the flavor is still fantastic.
Why Roast Red Cabbage?
When roasted, red cabbage becomes even slightly sweeter than it naturally is already and becomes a nutritious and perfect side dish.
Roasting it gives it a fantastic texture. It’s not boring or soggy like some people may think of when they think of cooked cabbage – this roasted version has a light crunch to it. The edges become caramelized while still staying tender in the middle.
And one of my favorite ever recipes Jamaican Steamed Cabbage.
Why Make This Recipe
- Healthier – cabbage is light in calories, full of fibre and delicious.
- Quick – it is quick and easy to whip up with only 5 ingredients.
- Budget friendly – cabbage is always available and is a very affordable dish.
- Versatile – it can serve as a main dish or as a side dish.
- Dietary – It’s perfect for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.
- Red Cabbage – this recipe called for uncooked red cabbage (purple cabbage).
- Olive oil – use your favorite olive oil or canola oil instead.
- Spice – I love baharat spice blend, but you can use your favorite spice.
- Salt – I love these best ever salt flakes.
- Lemon juice – Brings all the flavors together.
How To Make Roasted Red Cabbage Recipe
Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.
- Cut cabbage into 8 equal wedges using a sharp knife. Keep the core, as this keeps the cabbage wedges intact.
- Place cabbage steaks on a lightly oiled baking tray or pot and brush olive oil on the wedges.
- Sprinkle Baharat and salt on the wedges.
- Place in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F / fan-assisted 180 degrees C / 200 degrees C / gas 6 for about 20 minutes until the cabbage is softened and the edges begin to brown and caramelize.
- Remove roasted red cabbage wedges from the oven and drizzle with lemon juice.
- Add toppings as desired. I like to add toasted nuts – walnuts in this case – and chopped scallions (spring onions).
- For the best results use a very sharp knife to cut the cabbage.
- If you prefer you would slice the cabbage into ribbons before roasting, but these will cook a little bit quicker that the wedges. Toss them half way through cooking so they cook evenly.
- Store – Let cool, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Reheat – reheat in a warm oven or in an air fryer for a few minutes until warmed through.
Prep the cabbage by removing all the wilting outer leaves.
Trim the top and bottom of the vegetable.
Then cut the vegetable into half lengthwise.
Cut each half into wedges of about half-inch thickness.
Leave the core in as this helps hold the cabbage wedges together.
Yes, roasted red cabbage is good for you, as it comes with health benefits such as being high in fiber, packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and it is quite low in both fat and calories.
There are 28 calories per 1 cup (90g) of cabbage. Making red cabbage ‘guilt free’, so eat as much as you’d like. You probably won’t be eating cabbage as a low-calorie dessert anytime soon, but it’s quite tasty for so few calories.
Red cabbage is quite low in carbs. There are 7 grams of carbohydrates in 1 cup of chopped red cabbage (90g), but once you subtract the dietary fiber (1.9g), you’re left with 5.1g ‘net carbs.’
(No, this post has not been sponsored by the ‘Cabbage Council,’ if there is such a thing. Just a cabbage fan here.)
Red cabbage contains phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that cabbage can help to reduce swelling due to inflammation and arthritis.
5 Red Cabbage Benefits
Red cabbage isn’t just a pretty and brightly colored veg – it comes with quite a few health benefits too. To name a few red cabbage benefits:
- It’s high in fiber. That means it keeps our digestive system running well.
- It’s rich in Vitamin K. A half-cup (45g) of red cabbage contains as much Vitamin K as an adult needs in a day. Vitamin K assists the blood in clotting – very important for those of us who spend a lot of time in the kitchen using sharp knives.
- It can provide probiotics when fermented. When cabbage is fermented (‘kimchi’), healthy probiotics that are good for our gut are produced.
- It’s loaded with Vitamin C. One cup (90g) contains about as much Vitamin C as an orange.
- It’s low in calories. There are just 28 calories in one cup (90g) of cabbage.
A Few Red Cabbage Recipes Ideas For The Holiday
This is the perfect Christmas recipe, but it’s not the only red cabbage recipe you can eat for Christmas. If you’d like to have a ‘red cabbage Christmas,’ here are a few other ways to enjoy it for the holiday:
- Make a green cabbage-red cabbage Christmas slaw for a festive-looking side dish. Because ‘red’ cabbage is more purple than red, you’ll have to pretend a bit here, but it’s Christmas… make-believe is both allowed and encouraged.
- Or make stir-fry red cabbage with kale. The red cabbage still won’t be red, but the kale will certainly be green. If you can get the kiddos to try it, add a dusting of parmesan cheese on top for a little snow-like effect.
- Go for something sweeter like braised red cabbage and apples. Adding cinnamon, cardamom, and anise will give it a delicious flavor.
More Cabbage Recipes
If you liked this red cabbage recipe, you’ll love these that are as mouth-watering as they sound:
More Roasted Vegetable Recipes
Feel free to serve it in sandwiches, rice bowl and salads too.
Weight Watchers Points
There is just 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in one serving of this.
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Roasted Red Cabbage
Roasted red cabbage is a nutritious dish that is easy to make and full of flavor.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C / fan-assisted 180 degrees C / gas 6.
Cut red cabbage into 8 wedges, making sure to leave the core as this keep the wedges intact.
Place the wedges on a lightly oiled baking sheet and then brush the oil over the wedges.
Sprinkle on the Baharat and salt.
Bake cabbage in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until the cabbage is softened and the edges start to turn brown.
Remove from the oven, drizzle on the lemon juice, add toppings (if desired), and serve.
Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Vitamin C: 61.2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.8mg