Simple & Quick Roasted Napa Cabbage

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"This simple roasted way of cooking Napa cabbage provides wonderfully mild and delicious results to this side dish."

Original recipe yields 3-4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (259.1 g)
  • Calories 220.1
  • Total Fat - 18.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 270.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 10.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.4 g
  • Sugars - 0.1 g
  • Protein - 6.9 g
  • Calcium - 185.9 mg
  • Iron - 4.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 130 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Heat the oil in a small pan over medium-low heat. When starting to get hot, add the garlic, and gently cook for about 5 minutes to help flavor-up the oil. Be careful not to burn the garlic (if it browns, the garlic will impart a bitter taste). Take it off the heat, and set it aside to cool.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 450º

Step 3

To slice the cabbage, cut the head in half, remove the core if there is much of one. Napa cabbage is tender and depending on its maturity, it doesn't have a tough core like some other varieties of cabbage. I’ve cut it thinly and it came out fine. Slice a little more widely at the leafy green portion and more thinly at the harder sections, so that they cook evenly.

Step 4

*NOTE: Don’t be alarmed because it looks like you’re cooking enough cabbage for a family reunion. It will lose 2/3 of its volume in cooking. 12 cups of raw cabbage will result in 4 cups of cooked.*

Step 5

Toss the sliced cabbage in the oil and garlic, coating everything evenly. Spread the cabbage over a couple of trays with rims, such as cookie sheets, trying to keep everything in a single layer. If you overload the trays, the cabbage will steam instead of roast, and that is not nearly as good.

Step 6

Season with salt and pepper. It will likely take more salt than you think to taste, but you can always add more later, so be careful not to over-salt.

Step 7

Roast for approximately 15 minutes or until nicely roasted. When it’s done, parts of the cabbage will be browned and caramelized.

Step 8

Best served when hot.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.