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5 from 3 votes

Simple Sautéed Cabbage

An easy stovetop cabbage recipe made with just a little garlic and olive oil to bring out the natural flavors of the cabbage.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Total Time16 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Irish
Keyword: simple cabbage recipe
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 106kcal


  • 1 head green cabbage small to medium sized
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper ground


  • Set a large sauté pan with high sides or a sauce pan over medium high heat. Once the pan has heated up, add the olive oil. 
  • Let the olive oil warm up in the pan for about 30 seconds, and then carefully add half of the cabbage to the pan and stir.  Cook the cabbage for about 4 minutes, or until it begins to brown.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low, add the rest of the cabbage, 1/4 cup of water, the salt, pepper, and garlic, and stir to combine.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, about 8 minutes for the cabbage to be tender but still have a bite.


Calories: 106kcal