Curried Cabbage

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by Beth - Budget Bytes
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There’s something super comforting to me about sautéed cabbage with butter and I eat it a lot in the winter months when cabbage is fresh and inexpensive. And because it’s just so cheap, delicious, and filling, I love coming up with new variations on this theme. This Curried Cabbage version is full of warm savory spices, vibrant color, and plenty of texture. It’s like extra-extra comforting and perfect for winter! There are several ways you can serve this flavorful dish, so read on for some curried cabbage inspo!

Curried cabbage in a red pot with a wooden spoon and garnished with fresh cilantro

What Kind of Curry Powder Should I Use?

Curry powders can vary quite a bit from brand to brand, so you may need to do a little experimenting before you find a favorite, but you can use literally any type of curry powder for this recipe. Some curry powders are hot, some are mild, so choose the heat level according to your preferences. If you’d like to try to make your own curry powder, check out this recipe for Easy Homemade Curry Powder from

How to Serve Curried Cabbage

I had a lot of fun eating this curried cabbage different ways this week. You can serve it as-is, like sort of a low carb veggie bowl, or spoon it over a bowl of warm rice. If you’re into noodles, you can serve it like my classic Fried Cabbage and Noodles, by adding about 8 oz. of cooked egg noodles (you’ll want to add some extra butter and salt to cover the noodles). I’m also a fan of topping it with a fried egg. ;)

Can I Add Meat?

Yep! Ground beef would be an awesome compliment to this curried cabbage. Simply brown 1/2 to 1 pound ground beef in the pot before adding the garlic and ginger, then proceed with the recipe as normal.

Is This Curried Cabbage Saucy?

No, there is no sauce in this dish. It is simply sautéed cabbage with curry seasoning. If you prefer a saucy dish so you can have something to sop up with bread or to drizzle over rice, you can try adding a cup or so of vegetable broth or coconut milk. 

A black plate with rice and curried cabbage with a bowl of cilantro on the side

Can I Freeze Curried Cabbage?

This recipe would probably freeze so-so. Since the vegetables are already soft from sautéing, there won’t be much more loss in texture through freezing and thawing. The main issue you may run into is that it might dry out a bit, since there isn’t any sauce to keep the dish moist in the freezer.

Can I Skip the Cilantro?

Yes. I love cilantro with curry dishes, but if you’re not into cilantro I suggest adding some sliced green onion. While their flavor is not anywhere near the same, they both offer a punch of freshness to the dish, which I find to be a lovely contrast to the deep cooked-down flavor of the cabbage.

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Curried Cabbage

4.42 from 17 votes
This simple Curried Cabbage sauté is an inexpensive and filling dish full of vibrant colors, flavors, and healthy vegetable goodness.
Curried Cabbage in a red pot with wooden utensils on the side.
Servings 4
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 20 minutes


  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger ($0.10)
  • 1 yellow onion ($0.32)
  • 4 carrots (about 1/2 lb.) ($0.45)
  • 1/2 head cabbage (about 4 cups sliced) ($1.28)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil ($0.32)
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder (mild or hot) ($0.60)
  • 1 cup frozen peas ($0.38)
  • 1 Tbsp butter ($0.09)
  • salt and pepper to taste ($0.05)
  • 1 handful cilantro ($0.20)


  • Prepare the vegetables before you begin, so they're ready to go when you need them. Mince the garlic, and grate the ginger. Slice the onion, and peel and slice the carrots. Remove the core from the cabbage and slice it thinly.
  • Add the olive oil, garlic, and ginger to a large pot. Sauté the garlic and ginger over medium heat for about one minute, then add the curry powder and sauté for one minute more.
  • Add the sliced onions to the pot and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or just until the onions begin to soften.
  • Finally, add the carrots, cabbage, a 1/4 cup water, and a pinch of salt. Stir to combine and dissolve any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Continue to stir and cook the cabbage and vegetables over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender. Add a tablespoon or two of water to the pot if it becomes too dry or the spices begin to stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Once the cabbage is soft, add the frozen peas. Stir and heat through (1-2 minutes). Once the peas are heated, add the butter and stir until the butter has melted and coated the vegetables. Finally, season generously with salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh cilantro just before serving.

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Serving: 1ServingCalories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSodium: 103mgFiber: 8g
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Close side view of the curried cabbage topped with cilantro in the pot.

How to Make Curried Cabbage – Step by Step Photos

Sliced cabbage on a cutting board

Prepare your vegetables before you begin. Mince two cloves of garlic and grate about 1 tsp fresh ginger. Slice one yellow onion, and peel and slice 4 carrots (about 1/2 lb.). Remove the core from 1/2 head of cabbage, then slice it thinly.

Fried garlic, ginger, and curry powder.

Add the minced garlic, grated ginger, and 2 Tbsp olive oil to a large pot (I’m using a 6-quart dutch oven). Sauté the garlic and ginger in the olive oil over medium heat for about one minute, then add 2 Tbsp curry powder and sauté for one minute more.

Sauté Onions in curry powder

Add the sliced onions and continue to sauté just until the onions begin to soften (2-3 minutes).

Carrots and cabbage in the pot

Add the sliced carrots and cabbage to the pot along with about 1/4 cup water and a pinch of salt. Continue to stir and cook the cabbage and vegetables until the cabbage is tender (about 15 minutes). If the pot begins to get too dry or the spices begin to stick to the bottom before the cabbage is tender, add a tablespoon or two more water.

Add frozen peas to curried cabbage

Once the cabbage is tender, add 1 cup of frozen peas. Stir to combine and heat through (1-2 minutes).

Season cabbage with butter salt and pepper

Add one tablespoon of butter and season with salt and pepper. Stir until the butter is melted and coating the vegetables. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

Curried Cabbage in a red pot with wooden utensils on the side.

Top with a handful of fresh cilantro just before serving!

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  1. Excellent dish.
    Had this with grilled chicken thighs.
    Didn’t follow the recipe exactly.
    I think it’s a sign of a pretty robust recipe when you can adapt it to what you have and still have a great tasting disch.

  2. Family was skeptical. Turned out nice. I added leftover rice and ate it with smoked farmer sausage. It does need a fair bit of salt. Lots of healthy veggies, easy to make, and a nice flavour. This will pair well with different kinds of meat and starch side dishes. Thanks again!

  3. Great basic cabbage curry recipe… Of course I messed with the recipe 😉 I used coconut oil instead of olive oil. I had no peas but added a couple other things that worked well instead (3 green chili peppers, whole, not chopped and a couple sliced radishes, yes radishes…).. We served it with grilled pork chops (yum!), but it would be great with chicken. Also, I’m a fan of “layering” the salt instead of putting it all on at the end. It definitely did need salt, and a little extra water. But it was awesome. Great balance of flavors with the stated amounts of ginger, garlic & curry.

  4. Simple and delightful! I used carrot greens instead of cilantro and olive oil instead of butter. Would totally make again!

  5. I’m giving this 5 stars as it was an excellent inspiration to me. I can’t review the original recipe as I changed it. I added tomatoes and shrimp and cooked it slightly differently then written. The flavors are an excellent combination. Thank you for giving me a great recipe to inspire me. 

  6. Came out delicious– love the spice! Will definitely make again; what a great and easy side dish.

  7. I love this site and have made many of your delicious recipes, but this one was a disappointment. 2 Tbsp of curry powder was way too much, and it was all I could taste. Other than that, that flavor was actually bland. Maybe this is a beginner recipe for people who don’t have a lot of spices around? I don’t know, but as an experienced home cook, I couldn’t think of any spices that would make it better, unfortunately.

    1. I substituted  turmeric, coriander, cumin and garam masala for the curry powder and it created a  more complex, layered dish