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.
How to Use Leftover Cabbage
A few weeks back, we shared our experience making Magic Stone Soup with our three-year-old based on a book we got at our local library. Magic Stone Soup was surprisingly tasty, purple and fun to make. Unfortunately, that red cabbage recipe left half a head of cabbage sitting in the crisper drawer of our refrigerator. It was just begging to be turned into a tasty side dish of some sort. I pondered over the kind of red cabbage recipe to make with it for several days.
I finally decided that sautéing it with onion and a few basic spices would be a good use of the leftover cabbage. Sure enough, I was right. Our new red cabbage recipe was not only delicious, it was quick and easy to prepare too. It shall hence forth be known in our house as “Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage” thanks to the sweet and savory flavor it gets from the spices.
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:
Red Cabbage & 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.
Red Cabbage Anticancer Properties
According to an article about cabbage in the Reader’s Digest, “Cabbage contains sulforaphane, which has potent anticancer 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.”
Sauteed Red Cabbage Recipe
Here is our super simple red cabbage recipe. Don’t forget to pin this post to your Pinterest board so you can find it later!
Southwest Sautéed Red Cabbage
- 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.
Serving Suggestions for this Red Cabbage Recipe:
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.
Add Cumin For a Taco Tuesday Side Dish
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.
More Side Dish Recipes
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Carrie is the chief writer, crafter and cook here at Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. She’s an optimist by nature and enjoys sharing recipes, trying new craft ideas, planning for parties and events as well as organizing and decorating. When she’s not blogging, preparing meals or picking up around the house, you’re bound to find her hidden away in a castle under the stairs reading to her two young boys. Whether you’re cooking, crafting or creating for your family, follow Carrie on Etsy, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram to get inspiring ideas for your home.
Originally published February 2014. Updated February 2018.