These Roasted Cabbage Steaks are tender on the inside and crispy, caramelized on the outside. It's easy to make them in the oven, air fryer or on the grill. Serve with your favorite dish!
If you are skeptical about cabbage, you're not alone. Raw cabbage can be bland and even bitter, which is why we often douse it in mayo and call it coleslaw.
Whether boiled or raw, it can leave you struggling to take a second bite. However, sautéed or roasted cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts and cabbage, can be transformed into delicious dishes. Don't believe us? Try this recipe yourself!
Reasons You’ll Love Cabbage Steaks
Here are some reasons why you'll love cabbage steaks:
- They're versatile and can be cooked in various ways. You can roast, grill or air fry them. When properly cooked, cabbage steaks become richly caramelized and have a mild, delicious flavor.
- They are budget-friendly and can last for weeks in the fridge which makes them a smart choice for meal planning.
- Prepping a head of cabbage for steaks is quick and easy, taking less than five minutes.
- Cabbage steaks are a unique and visually appealing way to serve this vegetable as a side dish or main course.
- They're a healthy and low-calorie option for those watching their weight or looking to add more vegetables to their diet.
- They're a crowd-pleaser, impressing both cabbage fans and skeptics alike with their delicious flavor and easy preparation.
- Cabbage: Use a head of green cabbage that is firm and dense. Avoid any heads that have brown spots, which can indicate spoilage.
- Olive oil: Use high-quality extra-virgin olive oil for the best flavor. You can also use avocado oil or another neutral oil if you prefer.
- Salt and pepper: Use freshly ground salt and pepper for the best flavor.
- Paprika: It adds a mild smoky flavor and a beautiful reddish-orange color to the steaks. You can sprinkle paprika on the cabbage steaks before roasting or mix it with olive oil and brush it onto the steaks.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic is best, but you can also use garlic powder if you don't have fresh garlic on hand.
- Nuts: Toasted pecans or walnuts are a great addition to roasted cabbage steaks, but you can use any nuts you like. Just be sure to chop them finely so they distribute evenly over the cabbage.
- Lemon: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor. You can also use bottled lemon juice in a pinch.
- Parmesan cheese ( optional): Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the best flavor. You can also use another type of hard cheese, such as Pecorino Romano or Asiago.
How to Make Cabbage Steaks
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut off the bottom (root) end of the cabbage and cut the cabbage head in half. Cut each half in half again to create four flat discs of cabbage that are about ¾ to 1 inch thick. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. Brush the mixture onto the cabbage steaks, then flip them over and brush the other side with the same mixture.
- Bake the cabbage steaks at 400°F for about 25 minutes or until the leaves are browned and the center is tender. Remove the cabbage steaks from the oven and serve them hot.
- To add some extra flavor and texture, sprinkle the roasted cabbage steaks with Parmesan cheese and garnish them with fresh parsley. Squeeze some lemon juice over the top to balance out the flavors, and finish off by adding the chopped nuts for a delicious nutty crunch.
Sauces For Cabbage Steaks
- Tahini sauce: Made with tahini, lemon juice and garlic, this creamy sauce is a great way to add some Mediterranean flavor to your cabbage steaks.
- Balsamic glaze: Drizzle a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze over the cabbage steaks for added flavor.
- Honey mustard: Mix together honey and mustard to create a sweet and tangy sauce that pairs well with the cabbage.
- Chimichurri: This Argentine sauce made with parsley, garlic, and olive oil is a perfect match for roasted cabbage.
- Sriracha mayo: Mix together sriracha and mayo to create a spicy and creamy sauce that adds a kick to the cabbage.
Cabbage Steak Variations
- Cabbage Steaks with Cheese: Top the baked cabbage steaks with grated Parmesan, sharp cheddar, or Gruyere cheese for a nutty, salty flavor.
- Cabbage Steaks with Bacon: Sprinkle crumbled baked bacon over the top of your finished cabbage steaks for added crunch and smoky flavor. You can also try swapping bacon with cheddar cheese for a loaded cabbage steak.
- Sesame Ginger Cabbage Steaks: Mix together olive oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Brush the mixture onto the cabbage steaks before roasting. Once cooked, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
- Curry Cabbage Steaks: Mix together olive oil, curry powder, garlic, salt, and pepper. Brush the mixture onto the cabbage steaks before roasting. Once cooked, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
- Red Cabbage Steaks: Swap the green cabbage for red cabbage to add a pop of color and a slightly different flavor profile. The roasting times will be the same as for green cabbage.
- Cabbage Steaks with Balsamic vinegar: Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to the mixture with the olive oil for a tangy twist. This works especially well with red cabbage. Omit the lemon if you use balsamic vinegar.
Slice the cabbage and whisk together the olive oil mixture up to two days in advance. Store them in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator. When ready to cook, simply brush the cabbage steaks with the mixture and bake as directed.
- To store, place them in an airtight storage container and refrigerate for up to 1 week. If you want to keep them longer, you can freeze them in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. However, note that the texture of the cabbage may change a little after freezing, but they will still be tasty.
- To reheat cabbage steaks, you can place them in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 4 minutes, placing them on a piece of aluminum foil that’s lightly coated with nonstick spray.
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