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Air Fryer Cabbage

Perfectly grilled and tender, this cabbage in the air fryer is Whole30, paleo, and vegan/vegetarian.
sections of air fryer cabbage on a grey plate topped with parsley

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This Air Fryer Cabbage is an easy and delicious side dish that is ready in a flash! Perfectly grilled and tender, cabbage in the air fryer is Whole30 compliant, paleo, and vegan/vegetarian.

sections of air fryer cabbage on a grey plate topped with parsley

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This cabbage in the air fryer is one of those recipes that is super easy to make, and also can be adapted to anyone’s preferences. Even better, it’s simple to prep, cooks quickly, and tastes incredible!

Throw in some strips of bacon (or make Air Fryer Bacon) to make a tasty dish of cabbage and bacon. If you have leftover cabbage, try making Kale Chopped Salad, Air Fryer Egg Rolls, Fried Cabbage and Bacon, or Healthy Coleslaw.

If you’re someone who likes their cabbage saucy, drizzle some chipotle sauce over the finished cabbage. I also REALLY love adding a few dollops of this red pepper simmer sauce over the hot cabbage. It’s not spicy but has an amazing smoky flavor.

5 photos showing how to make cabbage in the air fryer

Air Fried Cabbage Equipment

You’re going to need an air fryer (we have this Cosori 5.8 quart and love it), a cutting board, a sharp chef’s knife, and a plate. That’s it, though some tongs would be helpful as well.

I also like using air fryer parchment to keep everything from sticking, but you can easily brush olive oil on the basket.

Pro Tip/Recipes Notes

  • Top finished cabbage with a bit of shredded or shaved Parmesan.
  • Leave out the smoked paprika and add 1 tsp of toasted sesame oil to the olive oil mixture. Top with sesame seeds and slivered green onions.
  • You can also cut the cabbage into “steaks” or even use shredded cabbage. The cooking time for steaks would be the same as wedges. If you’re using shredded cabbage, add the water after 3 minutes of cooking time. If you use shredded cabbage, place a metal rack over the top of it to prevent it from flying up into the heating element.
  • Sub in 1-2 cloves of minced garlic instead of the garlic powder.
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sections of air fryer cabbage on a grey plate topped with parsley
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Air Fryer Cabbage

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time16 mins
Perfectly grilled and tender, this cabbage in the air fryer is Whole30, paleo, and vegan/vegetarian.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 360F for 3 minutes.
  • Cut the head of cabbage in half, and then one half into 6 wedges. Remove the core if desired.
    1/2 head green cabbage
  • Place wedges on their side on a plate.
  • In a small bowl whisk olive oil, garlic powder, black pepper, and smoked paprika until well blended.
    2 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the wedges. There is no need to flip them to coat both sides.
  • Brush the hot air fryer basket with olive oil or lay a piece of air fryer parchment in the basket.
  • Carefully lay the cabbage wedges in the basket with the oiled sides facing up.
  • Cook at 360F for 5 minutes. Then, carefully pour 1/2 cup of water into the air fryer basket.
    1/2 cup water
  • Cook for another 4-6 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.

Notes

You can also cut the cabbage into “steaks” or even use shredded cabbage. The cooking time for steaks would be the same as wedges.
If you’re using shredded cabbage, add the water after 3 minutes of cooking time. If you use shredded cabbage, place a metal rack over the top of it to prevent it from flying up into the heating element.
Stovetop Instructions (you will need additional olive oil):
Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Drizzle olive oil in the skillet and lay the seasoned cabbage wedges in the skillet on its sides.
Cook for 4-5 minutes, and then carefully add 1/4 cup of water to the skillet.
Reduce the heat to low and place a lid or baking sheet over the skillet. Cook for 5-10 more minutes or until the cabbage is tender.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Cabbage
Amount Per Serving (2 wedges)
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 30mg1%
Potassium 266mg8%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 149IU3%
Vitamin C 55mg67%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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One comment on “Air Fryer Cabbage”

  1. I am making this THIS Week. We love roasted cabbage steaks in the oven, but those suckers take 40 minutes. I can do it here in 10? AND, what is this magic of Air Fyer parchment paper? How did I not see these before? (Husband is making chicken wings in the air fryer right now and the amount of fat already dripping off…sigh. Going to give it a good cleaning this week and using paper from here on out!)