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Russian Braised Cabbage Recipe (Тушеная капуста)

This Braised Cabbage recipe is impressive. Braised cabbage requires only a few farmer’s market ingredients. Cabbage wedges, carrots, yellow onion, tomato paste, unsalted butter, salt, and pepper are always easy to find!

A white plate of braised cabbage with dill on top for garnish and a fork for serving.

All you need are several humble ingredients to make some delicious braised cabbage!

Raise your hand if you’re obsessed with cabbage. It is seriously such an underrated vegetable that serves so many purposes! You can use it in a ridiculous amount of dishes. Cabbage is always on my grocery list because it is so versatile.

I think cabbage deserves all the glory cauliflower and broccoli are getting these days. But then again, I wouldn’t want to start a veggie war.

I’ve been meaning to share this recipe for a long time. One of my absolute favorite things to do with it makes this incredible braised cabbage dish. It is so tasty!

This recipe combines shredded cabbage, onions, carrots, tomato paste, and butter. I love finding favorite ways to use regular green cabbage in the kitchen.

With just a bit of effort and love, cabbage wedges can turn into a perfect delicacy at the table. It can make a great side dish. It’s so easy to make that it might become your favorite recipe; who knows?

So what can you do/ make with braised cabbage?

You can eat it as is, on the side, or as a salad. Seriously, it is so good.

Make my famous Braised Cabbage Piroshki. It’s the ultimate Russian street food. Piroshki, in general, makes a fantastic meal and is even good the next day. They’re great for meal prep and are cozy comfort food.

Homemade egg rolls. This would make an incredible filling!

Top your burgers with it. Instead of adding coleslaw into your sandwich/burger next time, try adding this humble cabbage. You might be surprised at how this easy braised cabbage recipe can elevate your meal. From a cabbage side dish to a delicious burger topping, cabbage can improve many recipes without having to be the main ingredient.

A white plate of braised cabbage with dill on top for garnish, with forks on the side.

Do you want to know my favorite part of this easy side dish?

A recipe like this comes together in less than 15 minutes, from start to finish. After chopping and cutting your vegetables, you saute everything in butter for only 10 minutes. I’m all about quick recipes that require little effort, and this is one of them. The result of this recipe is loads of great flavor!

If you like this braised cabbage, try making a large batch next time to use in other recipes! It works great in other Russian or Ukrainian traditional recipes.

Let’s gather our equipment: 

To chop up the cabbage, You’ll need a sharp knife and cutting boards. Also, a grater works in shredding the cabbage. To cook, you’ll need a large skillet. When sautéing the cabbage, I like to use a wooden spoon, but I’d recommend using a slotted spoon to remove the savoy cabbage from the skillet.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

Key Ingredients

russian braised cabbage ingredients- butter, salt, tomato paste, carrot, onion, and cabbage.

Fresh cabbage, which is available year-round and contains fiber but is low in calories. It supports your digestive system.

Carrots add a delicious flavor while supporting your eye health with vitamin A.

Onion also adds that touch of extra flavor; meanwhile, it fights inflammation.

Tomato paste can make any recipe a great recipe with their heart-healthy benefits.

Salt is a classic addition to every simple recipe.

Unsalted butter to saute the cabbage is necessary.

Also, you could add fresh parsley for garnish.

How to make Braised Cabbage

Step 1: Prep the vegetables

Shred cabbage into a bowl. Chop the onion and grate the carrot, then set aside in a separate bowl.

Shredded cabbage in a glass bowl.

Step 2: Sauté the cabbage

In a pan, melt the butter and add the cabbage. Saute for 1 minute.

Shredded cabbage in a saucepan with a wooden spoon on the side.

Step 3: Add onion and carrots

Add in the onion and carrot. Stir.

Carrots and onion added to a pot of green cabbage.

Step 4: Season and add tomato paste

Add in salt (I use sea salt) and tomato paste.

Tomato paste and salt added to braised cabbage in a pot with a wooden spoon.

Step 5: Sauté

Over low heat sauté all together, stirring occasionally.

Tomato paste and salt added to braised cabbage in a pot with a wooden spoon.

Step 6: Enjoy

After 10 minutes, the cabbage will be ready to eat. You may add salt to your taste if needed.

Braised cabbage cooking in a pot with a spoon for mixing.

Expert Tips

  • Use this traditional Russian cabbage in a number of recipes, including in piroshki. It’s a great vegetable side dish that pairs well with any protein!
  • Remove any damaged or discolored outer leaves from the cabbage and trim the stem before braising.
  • Gently stir the cabbage during braising to ensure uniform cooking and prevent sticking to the bottom.
  • Add fresh herbs like parsley or dill at the end of cooking to brighten the flavors.
  • Spices like cumin or coriander make a flavorful addition to this simple braised cabbage recipe.

Recipe FAQs

How to store braised cabbage?

Store braised cabbage in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Cooked cabbage reheats excellently in a pan with a little bit of butter and lasts up to 5 days. I like to store mine inside fried piroshki dough for a grab-and-go snack.

How do I prevent the cabbage from becoming too mushy?

Avoid overcooking and maintain a low to medium heat during braising.

A white plate of braised cabbage with dill on top for garnish.

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Finished braised cabbage recipe in a white bowl on a wooden board.

Russian Braised Cabbage Recipe (Тушеная капуста)

Braised cabbage is a wonderful healthy dish but can also be added into Braised Cabbage Piroshki.
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Russian
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings4
Calories: 109kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Shred cabbage into a bowl. Chop the onion and grate the carrot, then set aside in a separate bowl.
    Shredded cabbage in a glass bowl.
  • In a pan, melt the butter and add the cabbage. Saute for 1 minute.
    1 Tbsp unsalted butter, 1 head cabbage,
    Shredded cabbage in a saucepan with a wooden spoon on the side.
  • Add in the onion and carrot. Stir.
    1 large onion,, 1 carrot,
    Carrots and onion added to a pot of green cabbage.
  • Add in salt (I use sea salt) and tomato paste.
    ½ tsp salt, 3 Tbsp tomato paste
    Tomato paste and salt added to braised cabbage in a pot with a wooden spoon.
  • Over low heat sauté all together, stirring occasionally.
    Tomato paste and salt added to braised cabbage in a pot with a wooden spoon.
  • After 10 minutes, the cabbage will be ready to eat. You may add salt to your taste if needed.
    Braised cabbage cooking in a pot with a spoon for mixing.

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 438mg | Potassium: 597mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3041IU | Vitamin C: 89mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 2mg
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