Red Cabbage Recipe: Tasty Southwest Sautéed Side Dish


Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage is a creative and colorful side dish. If you love this vegetable, then this is a red cabbage recipe you definitely must try.

Hey there! Today, I’m sharing the most delicious red cabbage recipe. It’s the prefect side dish to accompany nearly any dinner.

Try this red cabbage recipe as a delicious side dish for your next dinner. Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage goes great with tacos, burritos and other Mexican meals. #kenarry #ideasforthehome

How to Use Leftover Cabbage

After we made Magic Stone Soup with our three-year-old based on a book we got at our local library we had a lot of leftover red cabbage to use up.

Sauteed red cabbage is a a simple way to use any leftover cabbage sitting in your crisper drawer.

chopped red cabbage and onions on a cutting board

How long does red cabbage last in the fridge?

Before you slice into it, red cabbage will stay fresh in the crisper drawer for about 2-3 weeks. After you shred or slice it, the cabbage will only stay fresh for another 2-3 days.

bowl of Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage with onion

Health Benefits of Red Cabbage

Eating red cabbage has many great health benefits too. Physician and best-selling author, Dr. Ann Kulze says “any form of cabbage is great for you, but red cabbage is simply stellar.” Watch her short video to find out why:

Weight Loss

Red cabbage is low in calories and high in fiber, which contributes to weight loss. It’s also a great source of vitamin C.

Anticancer Properties

According to an article about cabbage in the Reader’s Digest, “Cabbage contains sulforaphane, which has potent anti-cancer properties. One study of women found that those who ate the most cabbage and its cruciferous cousins, like broccoli and Brussels sprouts, had a 45 percent lower breast cancer risk than women who ate the least. Cabbage may also help guard against lung cancer.”

How to Make Sauteed Southwest red cabbage

This is a very basic recipe that doesn’t require a ton of supplies or ingredients. Don’t you just love easy recipes like this?

Kitchen tools needed:


These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

This list is pretty simple, you might already have most of these ingredients in your refrigerator.

Chopped red cabbage and onions get sautéed together for a delicious side dish recipe. If you love cabbage, you've got to try this Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage recipe for dinner.
Your family will love this red cabbage recipe. Use these simple instructions to sauté red cabbage with onion and seasonings to create a delicious side dish that goes great with any dinner.
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Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage

Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage is a creative and colorful side dish. If you love this vegetable, then this is a red cabbage recipe you definitely must try.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage
Servings: 6
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Carrie Ypma


  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce


  • Slice onion and red cabbage.
  • Melt butter or margarine in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion to the pan and sauté for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add red cabbage and garlic.
  • Cover and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 15 minutes, continuing to stir occasionally.
  • Add sugar, salt, pepper, cumin and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Cook for an additional 10 minutes. Serve hot as a side dish with your favorite meal.


Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 470mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 897IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
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Serving Suggestions

Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage is a creative and colorful side dish. It would be a great replacement for cole slaw or other cabbage-based side dishes.

Serve With Hamburgers

My family enjoyed this red cabbage recipe with hamburgers and sweet potato fries for dinner one evening.

Taco Tuesday Side Dish

With the cumin, I think it would also taste wonderful with tacos, burritos, chicken verde enchiladas or other Mexican dishes as a replacement for black beans or refried beans.

Sauté red cabbage with onion and seasonings to create a delicious side dish that goes great with any dinner. Your family will love this red cabbage recipe.

If you love red cabbage, then this is a recipe you definitely must try. Please comment below and let us know what you paired it with or if you have any other creative ideas for how to use half a head of red cabbage.

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bowl of Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage with onion

Originally published February 2014. Updated February 2018 and again February 2020. 

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  1. I’ve never tried red cabbage before and I’m always looking for an easy side. I’m gonna try it this weekend!

  2. Wow. This looks and sounds delicious. I would never have thought to pair the cabbage with cumin and Worcestershire sauce. I am definitely making this as soon as I get some red cabbage, or green cabbage.

  3. Hi Carrie! Thanks for thinking about me . I do love cabbage ! Red or green I can eat plates full all day! Your recipe looks delicious! I’m sharing it on pinterest! Thank for sharing it . Have a great Sunday!

    Kim from This Ole Mom

  4. Sounds like a healthy treat! I use this to top tacos and in cole slaw, but I’ve never cooked it. Thanks for the idea.:)

  5. What a creative recipe! I enjoy sweet and sour red cabbage and raw red cabbage in a salad, but this looks really interesting. I’m curious…have you tried it without the cumin?

    Thanks, Carrie for sharing your recipe with us at Project Inspire{d}! Pinning!!

    1. Diane, I haven’t actually tried it without the cumin. I’m sure it would still be delicious. It would just be missing the “southwest” flavor. Thanks for stopping by — and for pinning the recipe!

      1. I did it without the cumin (was out and didn’t realize that till too late). It was good but a little bland. I’ll have to try it again with the cumin next time…

    1. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Tina! You just made my night. I’m thrilled to hear you were planning to try Southwest Sauteed Red Cabbage. Thank you for letting me know. What did you think?

  6. Hi,

    I’ve just made this as a side dish and to be honest I’m probably gonna make some more tomorrow! It was lovely and bonus points for helping me use the little red cabbage that’s been rolling around my veg drawer for a couple of weeks!

    Thanks for sharing


    1. Oh yay! I’m so glad you tried the recipe and loved it, Chantelle. I’m thrilled you came by to let me know too. If you love red cabbage, did you see the Magic Stone Soup recipe on our blog? You can skip the stone of course and I know the color is a little odd for soup, but it’s super delicious especially if you put the sausage right in the soup!

    1. Oh yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Amanda. I never thought to have it with scrambled eggs before – I bet it was delicious!

      Best wishes,
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry®

  7. Great recipe! I really like cabbage and usuallt just steam green cabbage and serve with butter salt and pepper but am not used to cooking red cabbage. I wanted something other than the sweet and sour. This was it and so simple to do. Thank you. Absolutely delicous!

  8. Great Recipe, I was trying to find a way to use some leftover cabbage and found this recipe. My wife loved it and its now a once a week item. I do add a bit of Red Wine Vinegar but other than that followed recipe. Thanks

    1. Wonderful! I’m so glad to hear that you and your wife loved the recipe and have made it part of your regular weekly meal rotation. That makes my day! Next time I’ll have to try it with the red wine vinegar like you suggested.
      Have a great day, Ray! Thanks for letting us know you enjoyed the Southwest Sauteed Red Cabbage.
      Best wishes,
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

  9. This recipe is delicious. My family will be including this in our frequently used side dishes. Thank you for this simple yet packed with flavors dish.

    1. Hi Sierra,
      I’m so thrilled to hear you and your family enjoyed it and will make it as part of your regular meal rotation. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

      Best wishes,
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

  10. I made this in my Crock-Pot Express electric pressure cooker. I sauteed the onions on saute mode; added the cabbage and all of the spices & Worcestershire Sauce; 1/2 cup of water & stirred, then put it on ‘steam’ for 8 minutes. When it was done, I put the pot on Saute again to burn off the excess water. Was very good! Will make this way again.

    1. I love that you made it in a pressure cooker, CJ! Thank you for letting us know what you did and how it turned out.

      Best wishes,
      Ideas for the Home by Carrie

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