Looking for a quick and easy side dish to serve with any meal, especially during the holidays? Try this recipe. Simple, flavorful, and done in under 25 minutes, this vegan smothered cabbage is amazing!

When we’re in a hurry and want something quick for dinner, I like to make cabbage with vegan sausages as a substitute for heavier and comfort foods because it tastes delicious and rich!

Also, check out Vegan Smothered Fried Chicken.

For holidays like Christmas and Easter, as well as potlucks, family dinners, and lazy Sunday lunches, this will be your go-to recipe for a simple but creative vegetable side dish that everyone will love.

Cabbage is one of those things that many people are hesitant to try – it’s healthy, tasty, and buttery – it cooks quickly and easily – but it can be dull and uninteresting when not cooked properly. Many people avoid using it as a part of the main dish. When it comes to cabbage, most people only associate it with St. Patrick’s Day, when it is used as a homage to traditional Irish cuisine or as a topping for tacos, salads, and other dishes.

Cabbage is rapidly gaining popularity as a vegetable side dish in my house! Especially when cooked in a delicious broth like the one in this recipe. If you’ve ever had trouble cooking cabbage or disliked the taste, this is the recipe especially for you! See 20 Amazing Cabbage Recipes.

You’ll get a wonderful pot of Southern-style cabbage with this recipe, and cabbage haters will also love it!

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Why Is Cabbage A Healthy Diet Option?

Cabbage is highly healthy, and I try to include it in my diet as much as possible. When cabbage is cooked, it has a rich and buttery flavor that I really enjoy – and it’s a great vegetable to introduce kids to because it has a delicate flavor that they enjoy.

Cabbage is right up there with cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts in reputation of its cancer-fighting properties – and it also aids in the prevention or cure of canker sores. Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and other vital elements are abundant in cruciferous vegetables.

Cabbage is also wonderful for those on diets because of its high fiber and low carbohydrate content, which keeps you full without causing you to crash. Cabbage is also great for keto and low-carb diets.

If you’re watching your fat and calorie intake and don’t want to use butter, this recipe works wonderfully with heart-healthy, Omega-3-rich avocado oil so that it can fit into any diet and healthy eating plan!

Why Will You Love This Recipe?

Quick and simple — Only around 25 minutes of cooking time will be required for one pot with simple pantry ingredients. Cooking is simple, and cleaning is also easy.

Leftovers — Wonderful for using up cabbage, sausage, and other foods that have been lying around.

Budget-friendly — Prepared with readily available ingredients.

Serve in various ways — It can be served for a quick dinner or as a side dish for a variety of meats, fish, or vegetables.

Diets— This recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, and keto diets friendly.

How To Make Vegan Smothered Cabbage?

This recipe of vegan smothered cabbage is very simple and quick. You’ll just require the following ingredients that might possibly already be in your pantry. See How To Cut Cabbage?

Ingredients:

  • Cabbage – I used purple cabbage but you can use green cabbage or savoy cabbage, chopped
  • Avocado oil – you can use olive oil or your favorite oil
  • Onion, Garlic –  added for flavor.
  • Onion powder, Garlic Powder, Italian Seasoning – added for extra flavor. 
  • Water  – or vegetable broth added, just enough to 
  • Creole seasoning – you can use storebought or use Homemade Creole Seasoning.
  • vegan sausages – sliced and fried until golden (optional)
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Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. If you are adding vegan sausage, then you want to add them to the oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on either side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Add onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the cabbage and saute, stirring for 1 minute, until cabbage has wilted. Add onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and stir to coat the cabbage.
  3. Add ½ cup water or vegetable and cook until cabbage is tender, about 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of your chopped cabbage. Stir in cooked vegan sausage, and add Creole to the taste.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Budget-Friendly Suggestions

  • Add more vegetables to make it a main meal, like potatoes, carrots, peas, etc.
  • Make do with whatever variety of cabbage you’ve got on hand. Simply modify the cooking times.
  • For meal prep, you can easily double the recipe.
  • Make a cabbage soup by adding more stock.

Meal Prep, Storage, And Serving Suggestions

  • Refrigerate for up to 4 days after cooling and storing in an airtight container.
  • Don’t Freeze – This dish should not be frozen.
  • Make a couple of extra batches to use with various meals during the week.
  • This dish is kept for four days, so you may eat it the same day you make it as well as four days afterward.
  • Separate leftovers into single-serving portions, store in airtight containers and let cool thoroughly before sealing & storing with the lids off.
  • Serve it with different mains throughout the week, such as leftover roasted chicken, cheesy parmesan meat, or fish. It can also be used to thicken up soups and stews that have been left over.

Notes

  • Cut the cabbage into equal-sized pieces to ensure that it cooks evenly.
  • The amount of time it takes to cook the cabbage will vary depending on its size and cutting. Thinly sliced cabbage will take 5-8 minutes to prepare. Coarsely sliced pieces could take more minutes to cook.

Other Vegan Cabbage Recipes

  1. Curry Cabbage
  2. Jamaican Steamed Cabbage
  3. Vegan Cabbage Soup
  4. Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage
  5. Cabbage Dumplings In Gravy
  6. Cabbage Casserole
vegan smothered cabbage recipe

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 47 kcal / 196 kJ
  • Fat: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 1.7 g
  • Carbs: 8.5 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 15 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • For: 4 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. If you are adding vegan sausage, then you want to add them to the oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on either side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Add onion and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the cabbage and saute, stirring for 1 minute, until cabbage has wilted. Add onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and stir to coat the cabbage.
  3. Add ½ cup water or vegetable and cook until cabbage is tender, about 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of your chopped cabbage. Stir in cooked vegan sausage, and add Creole and salt to the taste.
  4. Serve immediately.
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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.