July 29, 2013

Stir Fried Cabbage with Creamy Peanut Sauce

I stood over a half a head of cabbage which seemed to triple in size once I thinly sliced it.  Would I be forced to make a bucket of coleslaw or an endless supply of sauerkraut?  No, there had to be a better way to use all this cabbage!  I don’t remember how I came up with this recipe.  I think I was craving soy sauce, so I started sautéing the cabbage shreds in a pan and adding in dashes of this and spoonfuls of that.  I ended up with an irresistible dish that reminded me of creamy noodles covered in peanut sauce, minus the carbs.  Add in shredded chicken or strips of tofu for an entree or make this as a side dish.  You might want to garnish it with thinly sliced scallions and crushed peanuts too.


Makes 2 entrees or 4 side dishes

2 tablespoons grapeseed, peanut or vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 head cabbage, sliced thinly
3 large carrots, julienned
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 tablespoon peanut butter
Pinch red pepper flakes
Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
Lime Juice or sriracha sauce, for garnish (optional)

1.  Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium/high heat.  Add the garlic to the pan and stir until fragrant, a few seconds.

2.  Immediately add the cabbage and carrots and toss rapidly until slightly wilted.

3.  Add in the soy sauce, rice vinegar, peanut butter and red pepper flakes and mix well to fully coat.

4.  Serve hot garnished with sesame seeds and a squeeze of lime juice or sriracha.

You might also like: Chicken Teriyaki with Sesame Seed Broccoli, Spicy Carrot and Celery SlawTofu Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce


  1. Love this! I've been cooking cabbage as a side lately. I just cook it down with garlic, carrots, shiitaki, soy, vinegar...sometimes I add a little dried scallops for another Asian touch. I love the idea of a little peanut butter...just like peanut noodles without the noodles. I'm planning on making a stir-fry with tons of mixed julienned veggies too. Trying to cut down on carbs in the main course so I can have more cake... : )

  2. I love stirfried cabbage, but I've never done it with a satay/peanut sauce. Sounds awesome.

  3. Hi Monica! I love your saving-for-cake strategy..I do it too! I'm usually saving for wine and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

    Thanks Sarah! I love anything with a peanut sauce...so good.

  4. You're becoming a food vigilante now-I love cabbage-going to try this...

  5. Yay, let me know how you like it and if you have any tips or improvements!

  6. I tried this earlier for my lunch and the taste of this this is absolutely fantastic! The instruction is also easy to follow. I hope I can read more of your recipe so that I can always try and eat delicious food like this. Thank you for sharing!

    Easy Stir Fry

  7. Hi Herbert! I'm so glad you tried it and liked it. This recipe was a lucky improvisation! Thanks for stopping by and trying a recipe. I look forward to more of your comments and suggestions!