How to Make Asian Fried Cabbage

how to make Asian cabbage

One of my favorite vegetables to grow are Asian greens. They are easy to start from seed and quick to reach maturity. However, when I end up with a big harvest, I always look for different ways to serve it. This Asian Fried cabbage recipe is quick, easy, and one of my kids’ favorites.

Asian greens are great for small gardens.

Asian greens include Napa cabbage, Sweet Choi, Bok Choi, and Tatsoi. There may be other names, but these are the most common among home gardeners. There are a few reasons why they are worth the try:

  • Fast germination.
  • Easy seedling care.
  • Fast growing.
  • Take less space.
  • Long seed shelf life. (five years)
  • Very tasty and easy on the digestive system.

What you need for this fried cabbage recipe

You won’t believe how tasty this dish is despite its simplicity.

  • Cabbage: Any variety of cabbage will do, but Sweet Choi and Bok Choi are my favorite.
  • Ground beef: If you are a vegetarian, you can skip the meat, and it will still turn out great. You can also use cut-up chicken breast.
  • Soy sauce: This is the secret of this dish. For those who do not use soy, you can replace it with liquid Aminos or tamari.
  • Honey: It adds a slight sweetness without overwhelming the dish.
how to make Asian cabbage

How to put it together?

Preheat three tablespoons of sesame or any cooking oil in a wok or a large sauté pan. Add in the ground beef and sauté it until brown and some of its liquid has evaporated.

Then add in the chopped cabbage, and allow it to wilt. It won’t take long, about one minute only. In the meantime, prepare the sauce by mixing soy, honey, water, and one tablespoon of corn starch.

Once the cabbage has wilted, pour the sauce over it and mix to coat. Turn off the heat and cover. Serve with white rice sprinkled with Nigella and Sesame seeds.

how to make Asian cabbage

Can I add other vegetables to it?

Sometimes when I feel fancy, I like to add mushrooms to it or carrots. This dish is so versatile that you never feel restricted by it. You can also add chestnut for extra crunch.

Nutritional value Cabbage

Cabbage is a powerhouse when it comes to nutritional value. It is high in fiber, which is great for the digestive system. It is also rich in antioxidants that help reduce chronic inflammation. Cabbage is also well known among dieters for its low-calorie count.

Cabbage has a high content of vitamins C and K. It is also rich in minerals, such as Magnesium, Potassium, and Calcium. All these elements are crucial for the body to fight against ailments, especially in winter.

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Asian Fried Cabbage

This recipe is a quick and easy worth to add to your busy nights.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword cabbage recipes, fried cabbage
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 282kcal
Author Mama the Passionate Gardener


  • Wok


  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp nigella seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds


  • Wash the cabbage thoroughly and chop it into big pieces. Set aside to drain.
  • Pre the oil in the wok, then add the ground beef and the garlic. Saute till brown.
  • Add in the cabbage and mix it in. Then allow it to wilt.
  • Make the slurry by mixing the soy sauce, water, fish sauce, and cornstarch.
  • Pour the sauce over the cabbage and meat. Give it a minute to thicken before turning off the heat.
  • Garnish with sesame, nigella, and spring onions.


  • Fish sauce is optional.
  • For the low-carb option, remove the honey.
  • You can also add the seeds to the cabbage or the rice. 


Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g

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