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caramelized cabbage in tomato sauce

Caramelized Cabbage Recipe

Caramelized Cabbage is full of umami from the lightly-charred cabbaged wedges and the spiced tomato sauce.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Caramelized Cabbage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 238 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 medium head of green cabbage cut into wedges 4 or 6 wedges
  • 1/2 cup olive oil divided
  • Kosher salt to taste

For Serving:

  • 3 tablespoons chopped dill or parsley
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Lemon wedges


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together tomato paste, garlic, coriander, cumin, onion powder, smoked paprika, brown sugar and red pepper flakes.
  3. Cut cabbage in half through the core and after that, cut each half through the core into 4 wedges.
  4. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high and add 1/4 cup of olive oil.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add the cabbage wedges to the pan cut side down and season with salt. Cook until lightly charred, about 4 minutes per side. Set aside.
  6. Pour remaining ΒΌ cup of oil into the skillet and add the tomato paste mixture, cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until tomato paste begins to split and slightly darken, 2–3 minutes.
  7. Add water to come halfway up sides of the pan, and season the mixture with salt to taste, bring to a simmer.
  8. Add cabbage wedges back into the skillet and bake in the preheated oven, uncovered and turning wedges halfway through baking. The cabbage should be very tender, and the liquid mostly evaporated, about 40–50 minutes.
  9. Garnish with dill or parsley, and serve with yogurt and lemon wedges.

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Nutrition Facts
Caramelized Cabbage Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 124mg5%
Potassium 413mg12%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 519IU10%
Vitamin C 59mg72%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.