Roasted Red Cabbage – An Easy Recipe

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This Roasted red cabbage is a simple side dish that is easy to make and full of flavor. You only need 5 everyday ingredients and a few minutes of prep to make this colorful nutritious dish.

Suitable for vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.

Roasted red cabbage in a pot with walnuts, spring onions, a spoon, a bowl of walnuts, cloth, pine cones

Looking for more red cabbage recipes? Then you will love this simple roasted red cabbage recipe.

About that word I just used: ‘simple.’ I sometimes worry about using it when describing recipes because I fear some people hear ‘simple’ and think ‘boring’ or ‘bland.’

Simple, to me, means few ingredients but still maximum flavor. This roasted red cabbage recipe may not have 20 ingredients, but the flavor is still fantastic. I love serving it alongside Smashed Brussel Sprouts and this easy Green Bean Casserole Recipe.

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Why Roast Red Cabbage?

When roasted, red cabbage becomes even slightly sweeter than it naturally is already and becomes a nutritious and perfect side dish.

Roasting it gives it a fantastic texture. It’s not boring or soggy like some people may think of when they think of cooked cabbage – this roasted version has a light crunch to it. The edges become caramelized while still staying tender in the middle.

Other cabbage recipes you might like are Air Fryer Cabbage or this easy to make Smothered Cabbage.

And one of my favorite ever recipes Jamaican Steamed Cabbage.

Roasted red cabbage in a pot with spring onions, walnuts and baharat spice

Why Make This Recipe

  • Healthier – cabbage is light in calories, full of fibre and delicious.
  • Quick – it is quick and easy to whip up with only 5 ingredients.
  • Budget friendly – cabbage is always available and is a very affordable dish.
  • Versatile – it can serve as a main dish or as a side dish for example with Crockpot Whole Chicken.
  • Dietary – It’s perfect for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.

Ingredient Notes

  • Red Cabbage – this recipe called for uncooked red cabbage (purple cabbage).
  • Olive oil – use your favorite olive oil or canola oil instead.
  • Spice – I love baharat spice blend, but you can use your favorite spice.
  • Salt – I love these best ever salt flakes.
  • Lemon juice – Brings all the flavors together.

How To Make Roasted Red Cabbage Recipe

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

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  1. Cut cabbage into 8 equal wedges using a sharp knife. Keep the core, as this keeps the cabbage wedges intact.
  2. Place cabbage steaks on a lightly oiled baking tray or pot and brush olive oil on the wedges.
  3. Sprinkle Baharat and salt on the wedges.
  4. Place in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F / fan-assisted 180 degrees C / 200 degrees C / gas 6 for about 20 minutes until the cabbage is softened and the edges begin to brown and caramelize.
  5. Remove roasted red cabbage wedges from the oven and drizzle with lemon juice.
  6. Add toppings as desired. I like to add toasted nuts – walnuts in this case – and chopped scallions (spring onions).
image collage showing the steps for making roasted red cabbage

Recipe Tips

  • For the best results use a very sharp knife to cut the cabbage.
  • If you prefer you would slice the cabbage into ribbons before roasting, but these will cook a little bit quicker that the wedges. Toss them half way through cooking so they cook evenly.

Delicious Variations


  • Store – Let cool, then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
  • Reheat – reheat in a warm oven or in an air fryer for a few minutes until warmed through.


How Do You Cut Red Cabbage For Roasting?

Prep the cabbage by removing all the wilting outer leaves.
Trim the top and bottom of the vegetable.

Then cut the vegetable into half lengthwise.
Cut each half into wedges of about half-inch thickness.
Leave the core in as this helps hold the cabbage wedges together.

Is Roasted Red Cabbage Good For You?

Yes, roasted red cabbage is good for you, as it comes with health benefits such as being high in fiber, packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and it is quite low in both fat and calories.

How Many Calories in Cabbage?

There are 28 calories per 1 cup (90g) of cabbage. Making red cabbage ‘guilt free’, so eat as much as you’d like. You probably won’t be eating cabbage as a low-calorie dessert anytime soon, but it’s quite tasty for so few calories.

How Many Carbs in Cabbage?

Red cabbage is quite low in carbs. There are 7 grams of carbohydrates in 1 cup of chopped red cabbage (90g), but once you subtract the dietary fiber (1.9g), you’re left with 5.1g ‘net carbs.’

(No, this post has not been sponsored by the ‘Cabbage Council,’ if there is such a thing. Just a cabbage fan here.)

Is Red Cabbage Anti-inflammatory?

Red cabbage contains phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that cabbage can help to reduce swelling due to inflammation and arthritis.

5 Red Cabbage Benefits

Red cabbage isn’t just a pretty and brightly colored veg – it comes with quite a few health benefits too. To name a few red cabbage benefits:

  • It’s high in fiber. That means it keeps our digestive system running well.
  • It’s rich in Vitamin K. A half-cup (45g) of red cabbage contains as much Vitamin K as an adult needs in a day. Vitamin K assists the blood in clotting – very important for those of us who spend a lot of time in the kitchen using sharp knives.
  • It can provide probiotics when fermented. When cabbage is fermented (‘kimchi’), healthy probiotics that are good for our gut are produced.
  • It’s loaded with Vitamin C. One cup (90g) contains about as much Vitamin C as an orange.
  • It’s low in calories. There are just 28 calories in one cup (90g) of cabbage.
Roasted red cabbage in a pot with walnuts, spring onions, cloth

A Few Red Cabbage Recipes Ideas For The Holiday

This is the perfect Christmas recipe, but it’s not the only red cabbage recipe you can eat for Christmas. If you’d like to have a ‘red cabbage Christmas,’ here are a few other ways to enjoy it for the holiday:

  • Make a green cabbage-red cabbage Christmas slaw for a festive-looking side dish. Because ‘red’ cabbage is more purple than red, you’ll have to pretend a bit here, but it’s Christmas… make-believe is both allowed and encouraged.
  • Or make stir-fry red cabbage with kale. The red cabbage still won’t be red, but the kale will certainly be green. If you can get the kiddos to try it, add a dusting of parmesan cheese on top for a little snow-like effect.
  • Go for something sweeter like braised red cabbage and apples. Adding cinnamon, cardamom, and anise will give it a delicious flavor.
Roasted red cabbage in a pot with walnuts, spring onions, a spoon, a bowl of walnuts, cloth, pine cones and a hand

More Cabbage Recipes

If you liked this red cabbage recipe, you’ll love these that are as mouth-watering as they sound:

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Serving Suggestions

This can be served in so many ways. As a main dish vegan option, you can serve these cabbage steaks topped with a grain like bulgur, Quinoa, or Brown Rice.

You can serve it with some Air Fryer Whole Chicken, or a Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and this delicious Air Fryer Turkey Breast, or some easy peasy Smothered Turkey Wings.

Feel free to serve it in sandwiches, rice bowl and salads too.

Weight Watchers Points

There is just 1 Blue Plan SmartPoint in one serving of this.

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Roasted Red Cabbage

Roasted red cabbage is a nutritious dish that is easy to make and full of flavor.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Western
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 1 medium red cabbage with the loose outer leaves removed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Baharat spice blend
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • toasted nuts optional for topping
  • scallions (spring onions) optional for topping


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F / 200 degrees C / fan-assisted 180 degrees C / gas 6.
  • Cut red cabbage into 8 wedges, making sure to leave the core as this keep the wedges intact.
  • Place the wedges on a lightly oiled baking sheet and then brush the oil over the wedges.
  • Sprinkle on the Baharat and salt.
  • Bake cabbage in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until the cabbage is softened and the edges start to turn brown.
  • Remove from the oven, drizzle on the lemon juice, add toppings (if desired), and serve.
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Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1170IU | Vitamin C: 61.2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Made more or less as written though I took some liberties with the exact spice blend. Really lovely and quick. Using silpat I found I could cut the olive oil by half. I also cut my wedges a bit thinner and cooked for a little less time since I was in a hurry. Thanks for this recipe! I’ll be going to it again as the local red cabbage is terrific right now

  2. 5 stars
    I usually use cabbage for cole slaws and salads, but I love this application. Roasting sweetens and deepens the flavor of all veggies.

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! Red cabbage has always been a big part of our Christmas table but we almost always boil or steam it so I think roasting will make a nice change this year! Thanks for the recipe!