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Roasted Cabbage with Lemon

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon is a perfect side dish for corned beef or any other kind of meat dish. If you’re not sure about the idea of roasting cabbage, give it a try; this is amazing and it’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, Paleo and Whole 30! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon found on KalynsKitchen.com.

My friend Robin lives about 45 minutes away from Salt Lake, so sometimes when she has an early morning meeting she sometimes stays at my house. Last Friday was one of those nights, and since Robin loves cabbage I knew it would be a perfect time to test this recipe. I first spotted Roasted Cabbage with Lemon on a blog called Eat Repeat and bookmarked it to try, and then when I was talking to my friend Mary (another cabbage lover) she told me how she roasts red cabbage, so you can bet I’ll be trying that soon as well.

Robin and I loved this Roasted Cabbage with Lemon so much I made it again the very next day to take photos for the blog. If you like cabbage at all, I’m guessing you’ll love it too. And if you’re going to be cooking Corned Beef and Cabbage next week for St. Patrick’s Day, I recommend cooking the cabbage this way and serving it with the corned beef.

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon found on KalynsKitchen.com.Start preheating oven, then cut one head of cabbage into 8 wedges, cutting through the core. I trimmed the stem end a little, but next time I might leave the stem on before I cut the wedges so less leaves fall off.

Carefully trim the strip of core on the edge of each cabbage wedge and lay cabbage wedges on a baking sheet so they aren’t crowded.

Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice. I used 2 T olive oil and 2 T lemon juice, but next time I’d add another Tablespoon of lemon juice and make it even more lemony.)

Use a pastry brush to brush the top sides of the cabbage with the olive oil/lemon juice mixture and season generously with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Turn carefully and repeat with the second side.

Roast cabbage 15 minutes, or until the side touching the pan is nicely browned, then turn each piece carefully.

Then roast the cabbage 10-15 minutes more on the second side, or until it’s done to your liking. I cooked mine about 12 minutes more, and it was still a little chewy when we ate it.

Serve the cabbage hot, with extra lemon slices for people to squeeze on a bit more lemon juice if they’d like.

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon found on KalynsKitchen.com.

This is a perfect side dish for a low-carb meal!

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon
Makes 3-4 servings as a side dish, recipe adapted slightly from Roasted Cabbage with Lemon at Eat Repeat.

1 medium-sized head of green cabbage
2 T olive oil
2-3 T fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used 2 T for the cabbage in these photos, but next time I’d use even more lemon)
generous amount of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
lemon slices, for serving cabbage (optional)


Preheat oven to 450F/232C. Spray a roasting pan with non-stick spray or olive oil.

Cut the head of cabbage into 8 same-size wedges, cutting through the core and stem end. Then carefully trim the core strip and stem from each wedge and arrange wedges in a single layer on the roasting pan (leave some space around them as much as you can.)

Whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice (use the larger amount of lemon juice if you like a lot of lemon like I do.) Then use a pastry brush to brush the top sides of each cabbage wedge with the mixture and season generously with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Turn cabbage wedges carefully, then brush the second side with the olive oil/lemon juice mixture and season with salt and pepper.

Roast cabbage for about 15 minutes, or until the side touching the pan is nicely browned. Then turn each wedge carefully and roast 10-15 minutes more, until the cabbage is nicely browned and cooked through with a bit of chewiness remaining. Serve hot, with additional lemon slices to squeeze lemon juice on at the table if desired.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

Not only is cabbage a wonderfully nutritious cruciferous vegetable, but it’s also one of the lowest carb vegetables around, making this a perfect side dish or vegetarian main dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet and any other type of low-carb eating plan, including Paleo.

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More Tasty Ways to Eat Your Cabbage:
Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Quick and Spicy Chinese Cabbage Pickle from Just Hungry

Ham and Cabbage Soup with Red Bell Pepper from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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120 comments on “Roasted Cabbage with Lemon”

  1. I love it that this recipe is still finding new fans. So tasty and healthy.

  2. Let me first say that I hate cabbage. I'm more of a broccoli and cauliflower gal when it comes to the cruciferous family.

    But I got a huge cabbage head in my CSA and started looking up recipes of what to do with it online and ended up on your site. (An AWESOME site btw).

    And my husband and I tore up that entire head of cabbage!

    I made some adjustments though . . . . instead of olive oil I used 2 tsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp sesame oil, 2 tbsp lime juice and brushed them onto the wedges and baked it.

    So yummy and chewy!

  3. Ladki, I think I must try your version now; sounds wonderful!

  4. I followed your recipe today and it is amazing! I already love cabbage, but the lemon juice took it to another level of delicious.

  5. Trying this tonight! Using a red cabbage, and added a little fresh garlic to the lemon/oil. Can't wait to try it… looks delicious! (we love cabbage to begin with, so I'm sure it'll be fantastic)

  6. I saw these on Pinterest. and have been obsessed ever since. I am going to feature these on my blog. I have s sunday spotlight called " Words I wish I wrote" where i feature outstanding posts. If its not ok, please let me know.

  7. Kristen, you are welcome to feature this as long as the entire recipe is not reprinted. I am happy to let you use the photo as well, as long as there is a link to get the recipe from my site.

  8. I had an almost whole cabbage in my refrigerator and didn't want to eat just plain cabbage salad, so I did this instead. It was so awesome! Thank you for the recipe.

  9. Dora, so glad you liked it!

  10. Kalyn, I saved this recipe to my files some time ago, and then rediscovered it when I opened my 2007 Thanksgiving file looking for ideas. Not sure how it accidentally got into that file, but think it fortuitous anyway, as it dawned on me that this is an excellent way to prepare Brussel Sprouts, a traditional Turkey Day veggie. I think I will!

  11. Sandy, I think that's a brilliant idea. I may have to try it myself!

  12. This was a new way of making cabbage for us and we LOVED it! I am trying really hard to follow SB diet plan so I will be making a lot of your posted phase one recipes to stay safe and along the guidelines. Thanks Kalyn and am looking forward to reviewing lots of recipes coming up 🙂

  13. Thanks Michelle, so glad you liked it. Good luck on South Beach!

  14. I made this today. Unfortunately my wife and son (7) weren't impressed. But I loved it!

  15. This was absolutely delicious!!! I added sprinkles of Lemon Pepper seasoning when almost done. Gave it extra zest😄

  16. I love this way of cooking cabbage. My tip is: cut a lemon in 4 and put the wedges between the cabbage and roast the lemon and cabbage together.  Squeeze the juice over the wedges and enjoy the warm, sweet and sour taste!

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