Simple Sauteed Cabbage

Cabbage is a very traditional Irish vegetable that gets a very bad rep! Soggy, boiled to within an inch of it’s life and served in a pool of salty water… hardly something to shout home about. However, it doesn’t have to be like this, cabbage is a wonderful vegetable that can be exciting again if we give it some love.

I have taken to sauteing it in the manner below and served alongside a rich stew or on the side of a slow cooked beef brisket it really is almost joyful! It is ready in less than 20 minutes and I’m confident it will make up for years of over boiled cabbage…


2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 medium Onion – chopped

2 cloves of Garlic – minced

1 medium head of Cabbage – chopped into slices

2 tablespoons of Butter

Salt and Pepper to Taste


Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. I prefer a stainless steel skillet for this recipe. Add in the chopped onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until soft, then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.

Next turn up the heat to medium-high and add 1/3 of the cabbage. Saute until it begins to brown, but not burn. Turn and brown the other side. Then add in the next 1/3 and half of the butter. Allow this to brown on both sides.

Finish with the remaining cabbage and brown to your liking. Season with Salt and Pepper and serve hot.


To make this Vegan, you can omit the butter.

I also sometimes add crispy bacon pieces and toasted almonds if I happen to have them in the house.



More about Julie

I'm Julie and I have been the Kitchen and Dining Buyer at Meadows and Byrne for over 2 years now. What inspired me to work for M&B and this department in particular? That's easy, a real passion for eating; to eat you must cook and to cook you must have a well stocked kitchen! So a passion has become a career and I have discovered gadgets that I never knew I needed as well as an unnatural enthusiasm for plates! Sustainability and the environment is also something I have a real interest in and I try to always search out the newest Eco-Friendly kitchen solutions. I do believe that a functional kitchen can have a green element in it which I try to promote.

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