Creamy Caramelized Cabbage Recipe Is Hard to Stop Eating (Quick & Easy) by Donna John

Vegetables Side Dishes
2 months ago

Creamy Caramelized Cabbage Recipe Is Hard to Stop Eating (Quick & Easy)

Being from the south, cabbage was a vegetable I grew up eating. Mostly it was either my grandma's cole slaw, boiled cabbage or my mom's fried cabbage with bacon that was on the table. Now, I try to find as many new cabbage recipes that I can! 

After making this creamy caramelized cabbage pasta recipe, I could not stop thinking about the caramelized cabbage sticking to the pasta. Then I wondered why this couldn't be a side dish all on its own. You know what? I can! This creamy caramelized cabbage recipe is one you will want to serve over and over again.

To make this creamy cabbage dish you will need butter, a head of green cabbage, green onions, fresh garlic, dried thyme, sherry cooking wine or vinegar, Parmesan cheese and heavy cream. The one-pan recipe cooks up in about 12 minutes on the stovetop. So quick and easy!

The creaminess and bright flavors of this cabbage make it hard to stop eating (and don't forget the health benefits of cabbage). The side dish goes will with chicken, lamb, beef, pork or even seafood. I served mine for dinner with crispy 10-minute lemon pepper chicken thighs and cheesy vegan grits.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small head green cabbage, sliced thin (see Recipe Notes)
  • 2 - 3 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • dried thyme, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sherry cooking wine or sherry vinegar (I used sherry cooking wine)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or evaporated milk

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Recipe Notes

  • Use a sharp knife and slice the cabbage as thinly as you can. This helps it cook faster and become soft, caramelized and creamy.
  • You could use fresh thyme leaves instead of dried.
  • I used a cast iron skillet for this recipe, but any skillet will work.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the cabbage, green onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring often, until the cabbages is soft and caramelized, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the thyme, to taste, and black pepper, to taste. Cook for 30 seconds. Add the sherry cooking wine or vinegar and cook about 30 seconds or until most has evaporated.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and cream. 
  4. Cook, stirring, about 1 minute.
  5. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 105

Total Fat: 7.3g

Saturated Fat: 4.6g

Cholesterol: 22mg

Sodium: 178mg

Total Carbohydrate: 6.2g

Dietary Fiber: 1.3g

Total Sugars: 1.7g

Protein: 3.8g

Vitamin D: 5mcg

Calcium: 113mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 133mg

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Elisa Schmitz
The creaminess in this cabbage recipe took me by surprise. I absolutely can’t wait to try this! #yum
William F. Bennett
This recipe sounds really good and I can't wait to try it out. Being from Oklahoma cabbage is kind of a staple around our house.

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