braised cabbage on a plate

Spicy Braised Cabbage with Lemongrass

An amazing vegan braised cabbage recipe!  The lemongrass and sesame elevate this cabbage to a new level.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword braised cabbage recipe, cabbage recipe, vegan holiday recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Daytime Vegan


  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head of Savoy Cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, or rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sesame oil


  1. Place a large pot or deep pan on medium heat. Once the pot is hot, add the olive oil, garlic, and lemongrass. Stir and cook for about 1 minute, or until the garlic has softened slightly.

  2. Add the cabbage, vinegar, granulated garlic or garlic powder, and salt. Stir, cover with a lid, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for 10 minutes.

  3. Stir in the sesame oil. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Turn off the heat and serve.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Napa cabbage can also be used in this recipe, but I do not recommend using regular green cabbage, also known as cannonball cabbage (google it to see which variety I am speaking of). I have made this recipe with the green/cannonball cabbage and it did not taste the same. If you can’t find Savoy or Napa cabbage then try this recipe using kale or chopped baby bok choy.


You can use plain minced garlic in this recipe, but you’ll see me use my spicy chili-garlic paste (recipe coming soon) in the recipe video because I love to eat everything spicy.