How to Stir-fry Red Cabbage? Several ways!

How to Stir-fry Red Cabbage
Stir-fry Red Cabbage

How to Stir-fry Red Cabbage? It’s so nice that it’s red cabbage time again. You can make so many combinations with red cabbage and herbs and other seasonings. Delicious fresh with cinnamon, apple, or orange juice. As for me: bring on that red cabbage! How are we going to stir-fry red cabbage?

How to Stir-fry Red Cabbage?

Cut the red cabbage into four pieces. Remove the stalk from the red cabbage and then cut thin strips. Stir fry red cabbage in some butter and after 10 minutes stir, add the apple pieces and cinnamon to the red cabbage. Now stir fry for another 5 minutes and the red cabbage is cooked.  

Of course, there are different ways to stir-fry red cabbage and we would like to let you read about that. Cinnamon is generally used in almost all recipes. The combination of red cabbage and cinnamon is really tasty. You will also see it in many combinations that we have written down below.


Fresh Red Cabbage Wok

When you stir-fry fresh red cabbage, you have to make some preparations. First of all, buy a healthy red cabbage. One that cheers you on when you see him. Fresh, neat, beautiful purple color and so on. When you stir-fry the red cabbage, take a look at the leaves. If they are still whole after storage, you can start woking. If a leaf is frayed and dirty, remove it.

If you want to prepare red cabbage in a different way, instead of wok cooking, read our blog about preparing red cabbage.

Cutting Red Cabbage

Cut the red cabbage in half and then in half again, so into quarters. Then cut the stump out of the 4 pieces. That’s that hard white part in the middle. You can now shave the red cabbage with a mandoline or cut thin strips of the cabbage. As thin as you like.

Wok Red Cabbage How Long

You can eat red cabbage raw. So how long you want to stir-fry depends on your taste. When you stir-fry red cabbage, you do it for a reason. Do not stew and do not boil, so want a bit of a bite in your red cabbage. You can stir fry for about 15 to 20 minutes, total. For example, the red cabbage is not raw and not thoroughly cooked. So nice with a bite. But as I say, I like that, maybe you find it nice or easy to stir fry until it is completely cooked. Have fun and taste regularly!

Red Cabbage Wok

Stir-frying red cabbage is pretty straightforward; Not hard to do. What you need:

  • 1 red cabbage cut into strips
  • 1 level tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons agave (or brown sugar)
  • vegetable butter
  • 1 level teaspoon of clove powder
  • Salt to taste

Put a wok on the fire and let the butter or oil, just what you have, get very hot. Add the red cabbage and stir well in the wok. Add the cloves, cinnamon, and a little salt and stir well. Turn the heat to medium-high and continue to stir and stir fry for 10 minutes.

Then add the agave syrup and stir well. After 15 minutes of stir-frying, you can taste what you think of the taste and doneness and you can serve it. If you want to add spices, you can do that at the last minute. Do this little by little. Then stir well. Enjoy your meal!

Wok Red Cabbage With Orange

A tasty combination is a red cabbage with orange. The orange flavor complements the red cabbage. What do you need:

  • 1 red cabbage, thinly sliced ​​(see above)
  • Vegetable butter or sunflower oil
  • 2 oranges squeezed
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp agave syrup (or brown sugar)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • salt
  • 1 sour apple peeled and diced

Put the wok on the fire and let sunflower oil or vegetable butter get very hot. Add the thin strips of red cabbage. Stir this all well to stir-fry the red cabbage. Meanwhile, add the soy sauce, orange juice, agave, pinch of salt and cinnamon. Stir this all together nicely. Keep stirring otherwise it may burn.

After 10 minutes you can taste what you think of the taste and whether it is going to be cooked a bit. Then add the apple pieces to the red cabbage and stir well. Taste what you think of your cooking skills. If you like it, you can stir-fry after about 5 minutes, because then your apples will be a bit softer. If you want to add some herbs or salt (little bits at a time), stir this through now. Taste again and enjoy your delicious meal! Delicious with apple sauce, boiled potatoes and a vegan smoked sausage. 

Red Cabbage Wok Recipe

One of the recipes for stir-frying red cabbage is the one with raisins and an onion:

  • 1 red cabbage cut into strips
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 50 grams of raisins
  • 2 level teaspoons cloves
  • salt
  • 2 sour apples diced
  • 2 level tablespoons cinnamon
  • vegetable butter

How to make this red cabbage recipe:

Cut the red cabbage. Cutting red cabbage is described above. Add some oil or vegetable butter to the wok and heat it up. Add onion to the pan and stir-fry it until translucent. Add cinnamon, cloves, and salt, then the red cabbage, and stir fry.

Continue to cook and stir for about 10 minutes. Taste the red cabbage, otherwise add some salt or cinnamon. When the red cabbage is on its way to the right degree of doneness (so to your taste), add the apples and raisins. Let it stir-fry for another 5 to 10 and taste whether it suits you. Enjoy your meal! 

To top it off, one more red cabbage recipe.

Stir-fried Red Cabbage With Apple

You probably know this recipe, red cabbage with apples. This red cabbage is with balsamic vinegar. What do you need for this delicious recipe:

  • 1 small red cabbage, cut into strips (see above)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 sour apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 50 ml balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • Sunflower oil or vegetable butter


Place the wok over high heat and let the oil heat up. Add the onion to the oil and fry until translucent. Lower the heat a bit. Squeeze the garlic over the onion and stir briefly. Add a pinch of salt and stir well. Add the red cabbage, stir through the onion and garlic and add the balsamic vinegar. Stir and wok this for 10 to 15 minutes and then add the apple pieces. Wok this for another 5 minutes (just taste what you think) or longer if you want the red cabbage a bit softer. Taste to see if you think it’s seasoned enough and serve with, for example, boiled potatoes or mashed potatoes.  

So stir-frying delicious red cabbage is not very difficult and tastes, I think, fantastic! Have fun cooking.

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