Cabbage stir-fry with carrots and peppers is a light, healthy, and flavorful Asian-inspired dish. It’s a quick and easy vegan side dish or main dish that can be done in 30 minutes.


My family loves stir fry. So I am always in search of exploring different simple but delicious stir fry recipes like this Stir Fry Celery, Tofu Stir Fry, Eggplant Stir Fry, and one my favorites Stir-Fried Veggies In Orange Sauce.

Cabbage’s long shelf life (as it can last for several weeks in the fridge) and the wallet-friendly price tag always make it an attractive ingredient to me. There are so many delicious cabbage recipes on my websites like Cabbage Soup, Vegan Cabbage And Sausage, Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage, Napa Cabbage Salad, Cabbage Stew, and Cabbage Dumplings in Gravy. But this time I thought I’d experiment with new ways to prepare it.

This cabbage stir-fry with carrots and capsicum is a simple and easy recipe that makes a delicious and healthy side dish. This recipe is perfect for those who want to add more vegetables to their diet without sacrificing taste.

The carrots’ sweetness and the capsicum’s crunch complement the cabbage’s flavor and texture, making for a well-rounded and satisfying dish. In addition, this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and low-carb, making it a great option for a variety of dietary needs.

This is a quick and satisfying dinner that I often find myself craving. You can have this delicious and nutritious meal on the table in under 30 minutes. Serve with rice, quinoa, or pasta, or just eat it on its own.

Scroll down to the recipe card for the full ingredient amounts and instructions. But I suggest don’t miss out on reading the important information included in the blurb.

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Why Do You Love This Cabbage Stir-Fry With Carrots And Peppers

This cabbage stir fry is undoubtedly a simple stir fry dish but you will love it because it tastes utterly amazing. Additionally,

  • Cabbage is a budget-friendly and easy-to-prepare vegetable.
  • It is Healthy. The dish contains no ingredients that I would consider to be unhealthy.
  • This recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, and keto-diet-friendly. Plus, it’s vegan.
  • It is hearty yet comforting; even your pickiest eaters will ask for seconds.
  • It is an excellent side dish for almost anything and even a main dish by itself.
  • It pairs well with almost everything like polenta, rice, or bread.
  • You can customize it as per your liking by adding other vegetables or proteins to this stir-fry.
  • This is a fantastic filling for spring rolls, sandwiches, wraps, and samosas.
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Ingredients I Used

  • Cabbage: Once cooked, the cabbage is blissfully tender and dressed in the rich flavors of spices, making it an unexpected star of stir fry.
  • Carrots: A quick and healthy way to add color to your stir fry.
  • Capsicum: For adding flavor and color to this stir fry.

Tip: Feel free to customize this recipe by adding other vegetables or proteins to this stir-fry, such as mushrooms, tofu, or lentils.

  • Olive oil: To make this cabbage stir fry I use only 2 tablespoons of olive oil to make it low-fat. Vegetable broth can be used in place of oil if you prefer to avoid it. For a creamier outcome, substitute unsalted plant-based butter for the oil.
  • Garlic powder: Even though I enjoy the flavor of garlic, you can omit it if you prefer.
  • Paprika: It’s a great way to add smokiness and heat to this dish.
  • Cumin powder: Add more intense flavor.
  • Salt: I normally use Himalayan pink salt, but you can use any salt you like.

How To Make Cabbage Stir-Fry With Carrots And Peppers?

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced cabbage to the pan and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes or until it starts to wilt.
  3. Add the sliced carrots and capsicum to the pan and continue to stir-fry for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are tender yet still slightly crispy.
  4. Season the stir-fry with salt and spices to taste.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy as a side dish with your favorite main course.

Serving Suggestions

Even though this cabbage stir fry is quite filling on its own, there are a few delectable additions you can make.

  • Serve with boiled brown rice or quinoa.
  • Serve alongside Brown Rice Crackers.
  • Make it a complete meal by adding some boiled noodles to this stir fry.
  • Add a simple salad to your menu.
  • Or you can serve it with vegan chicken or vegan sausage.
  • A dollop of vegan sour cream or a squeeze of lemon can add a bit of flavor.


  • Spicy version: Add some chili flakes or sliced fresh chili peppers to the stir-fry for a little extra heat.
  • Ginger version: Add some minced fresh ginger to the stir-fry along with the garlic for a zingy flavor.
  • Soy sauce version: Add a tablespoon or two of soy sauce to the stir-fry for a savory, umami flavor.
  • Peanut version: Add some chopped peanuts or peanut butter to the stir-fry for a nutty flavor and a creamy texture.
  • Beans version: Add a can of rinsed and drained beans of your choice or chickpeas for more nutrition and increase your protein intake.


  • Use a sharp knife to chop the cabbage, carrots, and capsicum into thin strips to ensure even cooking.
  • Don’t overcook the vegetables – they should be tender yet still slightly crispy for the best texture.
  • If you prefer your stir-fry to have more sauce, you can add a tablespoon or two of vegetable broth or water to the pan along with the vegetables.
  • If you want to save time, you can buy pre-cut cabbage and carrots from the grocery store.
  • Feel free to experiment with different vegetables or proteins to customize the stir-fry to your liking.
  • You can use this cabbage stir fry to fill your rolls, wraps, and samosas for healthy and flavorsome goodness.

Storing And Reheating Guidance

The leftover stir fry tastes even better the next day! Here’s how to store and reheat it:

  • Storage: Keep the leftover cabbage stir fry in an airtight container. It will keep well in the fridge for 3–4 days. It can be frozen for up to a month. Place in the refrigerator for the night to defrost before reheating.
  • Reheating: Reheat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave or on the stovetop over medium heat.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cabbage Stir Fry Good For You?

Yes, cabbage has many health benefits. It has a lot of insoluble fiber, making it very gastrointestinally pleasant. It contains a lot of antioxidants, which may assist with inflammation, as well as fiber, which aids digestion and leaves you satisfied. Additionally, cabbage adds a ton of potassium and Vitamin C to the dish. It has a high concentration of vitamin B6 as well as folate, both are necessary for many key activities that take place within the body, such as the normal functioning of the neurological system and the metabolism of energy.

Carrots are high in nutrients, beta carotene, fiber, potassium, vitamin K, and antioxidants. They are a low-calorie food that has been linked to better cholesterol levels and eye health. Additionally, its antioxidants, carotenoids, have been associated with a decreased risk of cancer.

Capsicum may aid in the management of blood glucose, dyslipidemia, cancer, and wound repair. It may also aid in immunity, metabolism, cataract prevention, and symptom alleviation in arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and yellow fever.

It also tastes pretty nice!

Which Type Of Cabbage Is Best For Stir Fry?

Green cabbage is used in this dish and is widely available and long-lasting. However, green or red cabbage can also be used in stir-fries.

Should You Stir-Fry Many Vegetables At Once Or Separately?

Too many ingredients added at once will steam instead of sauté, turning out rubbery or soggy. Cook each ingredient separately. This not only ensures that you don’t overcrowd the pan, but also accounts for varied cooking times.

Do You Wash Cabbage Before Cooking?

Worms or other insects may be present inside the cabbage, so remove its thick outer layer, cut it into wedges, and rinse it in a strainer under running water.

What Are The 3 Rules Of Stir-Frying?

First, prepare your protein and vegetable individually, then combine them only when both are thoroughly cooked. Another tip for stir-frying: Use only one veggie per stir-fry. Last but not least, always keep in mind to add liquids only after everything has cooked for a reasonable amount of time.

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That’s all! I’m sure you’ll want to consider adding this cabbage stir fry recipe to your meal plan right away. If you like and enjoy this recipe, please leave a comment to let me know your feedback. Enjoy the happiness of life!

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(Per serving)
  • Energy: 51 kcal / 213 kJ
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Carbs: 2.7 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 10 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
  • Ready in: 25 min
  • For: 6 servings


  • 1 medium head of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 large pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced cabbage to the pan and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes or until it starts to wilt.
  3. Add the sliced carrots and capsicum to the pan and continue to stir-fry for an additional 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are tender yet still slightly crispy.
  4. Season the stir-fry with salt and spices to taste.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy as a side dish with your favorite main course.




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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.