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29 AIP Cabbage Recipes You Should Try This Season

Louise | September 5

There are many reasons why cabbage has been such a popular meal ingredient all over the world for centuries.

It’s rich in fiber, which makes it healthy and filling, and it can help improve digestion. Cabbage is filled with vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, copper and folate.

Cabbage is the perfect option when you’re looking for a tasty, AIP-friendly main or side dish ingredient. You’ll also find it available throughout the year in most places, so it’s very inexpensive and a great choice when you’re cooking for a crowd.

Cabbage is often mentioned as one of the staple ingredients of Southern cuisine. Your AIP diet shouldn’t stop you from enjoying those traditional flavors!

Although cabbage loves bacon, we’ve also included completely vegan cabbage side dish options for you to try. Both, common, and slightly unexpected spices like ginger, garlic, turmeric and even cardamom will help you amp up these AIP cabbage recipes like never before!

3 Delicious Ways To Enjoy Cabbage on Your AIP Diet
* Short on time? No cooking needed when you’re making a tasty AIP coleslaw.
* Feeling lazy? Whip up a quick stir-fry or a cabbage and avocado salad for lunch.
* Looking for a tasty family meal? Try Irish colcannon or mouthwatering pork and cabbage stew.

Experiment with different kinds of cabbage to find your favorite! Red cabbage makes a beautiful presentation – however, nothing says “comfort food” like stuffed cabbage rolls made of green cabbage, if you ask me. And they are nightshade-free!

To make things even easier, bring out your crockpot and try slow cooking your cabbage dishes. It’s the perfect way to cook this vegetable and will give you such flavorful results, you’ll want to have cabbage for dinner every other day.

Here are just a few of the AIP Cabbage Recipes we’ve included:

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Fried AIP Cabbage Recipes

Ginger Fried Cabbage and Carrots

– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: oil, ginger, garlic, green cabbage, carrots, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos, green onion.

This is one of the easiest vegan side dishes you can make, but it is full of flavor and color and it is so versatile that it could be served with any main. This pretty grain and gluten-free dish would work well with pork chops, roast chicken or even with a juicy steak, making your AIP meal even more tasty. It has a bit of heat from the ginger and would make a good alternative to salad sides on a chilly evening.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic

– Just Paleo Food

Ingredients: bacon, onion, garlic, cabbage, salt, black pepper (omit), onion powder, garlic powder.

There is something really great about cabbage and bacon together – the flavors and textures complement each other so well. Even though this dish is designed to be a side to serve with meat of your choice, I like to have a bowl for lunch and will even swap the bacon for some sausage to give different flavors. If you are eating strictly AIP, please omit the black pepper from the ingredients.

Easy Pan-fried Cabbage and Apples

– The Nourishing Gourmet

Ingredients: green or red cabbage, tart/sweet apple, fat/oil of choice, salt.

Here is another tasty vegan AIP recipe that gives you a great side to serve with your choice of protein, and because the apples lend sweetness to the cabbage, a great way to get kids to try more veggies! If you eat meat, this would be amazing served with pork chops, as apple and pork are great partners, but it could even be served with sausage or burgers for a filling lunch or dinner.

Bacon Fried Cabbage

– Mississippi Kitchen

Ingredients: bacon, cabbage, salt, pepper (omit).

This AIP recipe is another example of what great friends cabbage and bacon can be! You have the earthy flavors of the cabbage with a hint of sweetness, especially if the cabbage is really fresh, contrasting with the salty, meaty bacon and together they are an amazing side dish or even as a quicker lunch for a busy day. With only two ingredients, this is great for families on a tight budget.

AIP Cabbage Stir-fry Recipes

Vegetable Scramble

– Autoimmune Wellness

Vegetable Scramble

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: coconut oil, butternut squash, red cabbage, green onions, sea salt.

This is an adaptable recipe for a vegetarian AIP side dish as you can substitute the veggies for whatever ones you have in the fridge! This is a combination of squash, cabbage and onions fried together for a tasty side that has a wonderful mix of textures and colors, especially if you use red cabbage. This side is great with pork chops or even with grilled steak.

Spiced Lamb with Caramelized Cabbage, Figs & Cranberries

– Grazed & Enthused

Spiced Lamb with Caramelized Cabbage, Figs & Cranberries

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: lamb shoulder, dried sage, sea salt, garlic powder, cinnamon, olive oil, garlic, green cabbage, Turkish figs, dried cranberries, lemon juice.

Because of the slightly earthy flavor of cabbage, it goes so well with fruit, so adding the figs and cranberries to this dish makes the cabbage absolutely sing with flavor and it makes a great base for lamb. Using the same skillet for both the lamb and the cabbage lets the vegetable take on the meat juices and spices and gives it such a great flavor yet still keeping within the AIP rules.

Gingered Cabbage and Carrots

– Adventures in Partaking

Gingered Cabbage and Carrots

Photo Credit: Adventures in Partaking

Ingredients: olive oil or fat of choice, cabbage, carrots, pink himalayan salt or sea salt, ginger, dried turmeric, fish sauce, water.

Apart from being a really attractive side dish, this one is full of health benefits – cabbage is a good source of fibre and vitamin K, ginger aids digestion and soothes the respiratory system and turmeric may reduce inflammatory issues – not only that, it tastes great! This would be the ideal side to serve with chops or steak or even with chicken dishes that are slightly Asian in their flavorings.

Bacon Burger Cabbage Stir Fry

– Low Carb Yum

Bacon Burger Cabbage Stir Fry

Photo Credit: Lisa from Low Carb Yum

Ingredients: bacon, beef, onion, garlic, cabbage, sea salt, black pepper (omit).

Here is another quick and easy meal for those days when you need something warming and filling but don’t have time to cook. You have all the flavors of the bacon and beef and the seasoned cabbage to give you a really tasty low carb lunch or dinner. Bacon and cabbage have long been known as a good partnership and although this is a simple dish it is full of flavor.

Quick Beef and Cabbage

– Adventures in Partaking

Quick Beef and Cabbage

Photo Credit: Adventures in Partaking

Ingredients: olive oil, cabbage, red onions, garlic powder, herbs d’provence, pink himalayan salt, ginger, turmeric, balsamic vinegar, ground beef, water.

Cabbage has a particular flavor of its own, but it can take on flavors and seasonings really well. This tasty AIP and Keto recipe is quite simple but that doesn’t mean it is lacking as it uses garlic, ginger and herbs to add a new level of taste and give it a warming taste which is perfect for colder days. This dish freezes quite well so you can batch-cook and save some for another busy day.

Stir Fried Pork with Cabbage Noodles

– Meatified

Stir Fried Pork with Cabbage Noodles

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: avocado oil, ground pork, cabbage, onion, garlic powder, ginger, coconut aminos, fish sauce, dried Thai basil, green onions, cilantro, mint, lime juice.

Cabbage makes a great alternative to zucchini when it comes to using veggies as noodles. However, be careful what color of cabbage you use – the red ones tend to ‘bleed’ color into the dish and can make it look muddy, so for a crisp look stick to green cabbage. Adding the fish sauce and the lime juice lends a more authentic Thai flavor to this Keto and AIP compliant stir fry.

Crispy Sweet Potato Chips & Sauteed Cabbage

– Ditch the Wheat

Crispy Sweet Potato Chips & Sauteed Cabbage

Photo Credit: Carol from Ditch The Wheat

Ingredients: sweet potato, cabbage, extra virgin olive oil or preferred fat, salt, pepper (omit).

This is a totally new way to enjoy chips, served with sautéed cabbage for breakfast! The most important thing to remember when making the chips is to slice them really thin so they go nice and crispy and add a lovely crunchy contrast to the cabbage. This recipe is grain and gluten free and low in carbohydrates, so it is ideal for a tasty paleo breakfast and can be enjoyed just as it is for AIP folks.

Stir Fry Chinese Cabbage with Dried Shrimp

– Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!

Ingredients: cabbage, dried shrimps, olive oil, salt.

Here is another low carb recipe that could not be easier! Dried shrimp has long been a staple ingredient in Asian cookery and in this dish they add a special crunch and flavor to the cabbage side. They can be used in soups to give the desired umami taste. The dried shrimp is also a great source of vitamin B12 and Selenium, so has health benefits too.

AIP Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls

– It’s All About AIP

Cabbage Rolls

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic, lard, bone broth, cauliflower, sauerkraut, cabbage, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil, marjoram.

This dish has the benefit of being topped with pickled sauerkraut which is very healthy for you. However, if you are not keen on the taste, these lovely rolls can be cooked without it and served as an AIP appetizer or as a main course with vegetables. The filling for these is seasoned really well and has the classic combination of onion and garlic to make them delicious.

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls

– It’s All About AIP

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: lard, bacon, ground pork, ground beef, onion, garlic, salt, marjoram, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, cauliflower, bone broth, cabbage, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar.

Here is a quick and easy AIP recipe with all the flavors of cabbage rolls. This tasty low carb recipe would make a great family dinner and it can be frozen and reheated for those days when you need a filling meal but don’t have time to stand at the stove for ages. You can even make it easier if you use pre-packed, shredded cabbage instead of preparing your own.

Nightshade-Free Unrolled Cabbage Rolls with “No-mato” Sauce

– The Curious Coconut

Nightshade-Free Unrolled Cabbage Rolls with "No-mato" Sauce

Photo Credit: The Curious Coconut

Ingredients: ground beef, cauliflower, onion, salt, black pepper (omit), “no-mato” sauce, green cabbage.

If there are members of your family who are not sure about eating a whole cabbage leaf as a wrap, using this AIP friendly recipe could be a big help! The cabbage is shredded and added to the other ingredients, which allows the veg to absorb all the other flavors and does not make it stand out so much. Once cooked, this mixture will be set enough for you to serve it in slices without the need for extra sides.

Turkey Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

– Alt-ternative Autoimmune

Ingredients: ground turkey, carrots, cabbage, onion, garlic, turmeric, cilantro, salt, pepper (omit).

Turkey is a great protein to use on many different diet plans as it is a lot easier to digest than red meat but still gives you a flavorful meat to use in these AIP friendly cabbage rolls. Seasoned with salt and pepper and a little turmeric to help combat inflammation, these rolls are easy to construct and make a really tasty lunch for the whole family. Don’t be tempted to skip boiling the leaves first as this makes them easier to roll.

One Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Roll

– Unbound Wellness

Ingredients: ground beef, onion, garlic, cauliflower, green cabbage, beef broth, tomato-less sauce, sea salt, parsley.

If you like one pot comfort food for chilly winter evenings, then this one would be perfect! Instead of rolling the filling into cabbage leaves, you simply make the whole dish in one, giving you the traditional flavor but without any extra construction. This is a filling and satisfying AIP dinner idea and can be made very cheaply, so ideal for larger families, or students on a lower budget.

AIP Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

– Salixisme

Ingredients: “tomato-less” marinara sauce, cabbage, ground beef, onion, garlic, mushrooms, spinach, bone broth, basil, thyme, parsley, sea salt.

This recipe uses fermented cabbage leaves, but you can use normal cabbage and blanch the leaves to make them easier to roll. This is another one-pot dinner that is filling and so tasty because of the fresh herbs used. You can use whatever tomato-less sauce you prefer, so this recipe can be amended to suit your own taste. This would be a fantastic idea for a gluten and nightshade free meal.

Stuffed Cabbage w/ Tomato-Less Sauce

– AIP Nutrition

Ingredients: purple cabbage, ground beef, tomato-less sauce, red onion, salt, chicken broth.

If you are craving comfort food, cabbage rolls are the ideal go-to as they are super tasty and filling, but really easy to make. These ones are made with red cabbage which can have a slightly sweeter flavor that can be more appealing even to kids. The rich color of the tomato-less sauce just adds a special flair to this dish and makes it look a bit indulgent – no need to eat boring food on AIP!

Irish Stuffed Cabbage Wraps

– Amy Myers MD

Ingredients: ground beef, bone broth, garlic, onion, cauliflower, cabbage, parsley, dill, beets, carrots, salt, black pepper (omit).

These Irish cabbage wraps are cooked in broth and have the ‘red sauce’ ingredients inside the filling, but if you prefer the more traditional look you can use a tomato-less sauce instead of the broth. You are adding fresh dill and parsley to flavor these rolls, but you can change the flavor by using basil and thyme instead. If you have cabbage leaves left over you can keep them in the fridge and make a no mayo slaw.

Other AIP Cabbage Recipes

Easy No-Mayo Coleslaw

– Healing Autoimmune

Easy No-Mayo Coleslaw

Ingredients: cabbage, carrots, onion, olive oil, honey, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, salt.

Coleslaw is one of those summer sides that everyone enjoys, but if you can’t have dairy or eggs it can be difficult to make. So enjoy this AIP alternative which has all the taste of the veggies but without the mayo, and has a bit of a zing from the cider vinegar. This is great to serve with grilled meats or as part of your regular salad and it will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

AIP Turkey Burgers with Slaw

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Turkey Burgers with Slaw

Ingredients: ground turkey, olive oil, cabbage, coconut cream, lime juice, cilantro, coconut, lettuce, salt.

I really love making my own AIP burgers as I have often been shocked by the ingredients found in store-bought ones! These delicious turkey burgers are so easy to make and then you can serve them in lettuce leaves with slaw and crunchy coconut on top for added texture. These are really low in carbohydrates but very easy on the digestive system so they would be ideal for little ones.

Braised Cardamom Cabbage and Pork

– Paleo Flourish

Braised Cardamom Cabbage and Pork

Ingredients: pork, cabbage, leek, apple, chicken stock/broth, turmeric, salt, coconut oil.

I have often thought of cabbage as a winter vegetable and this great Paleo one-pot wonder is full of winter-warming flavors! The cabbage does not taste bitter as it is offset by the apple and cardamom and the pork is mouth-wateringly tender and juicy. There is no need for any sides as this is a meal in a pot and is very filling and satisfying after a hard day.

Easy One-Pot Pork and Cabbage Stew

– Paleo Flourish

Easy One-Pot Pork and Cabbage Stew

Ingredients: pork boneless shoulder or butt or loin, water, cabbage, onion or leek, ginger, apple cider vinegar, salt, coconut oil.

Don’t you just love one pot cooking? So simple and less washing-up, so this is a win-win situation! This tasty Paleo-friendly stew is hearty and warming so it is perfect to have for dinner on a chilly day as you get the gentle heat from the ginger giving a boost to the flavor of the pork. Just make sure you check the liquid level regularly so the pork doesn’t dry out.

Mustard Cabbage and Apples

– Paleo Flourish

Mustard Cabbage and Apples

Ingredients: cabbage, apples, chicken broth or other broth, salt.

I am often surprised how well cabbage and apple go together – the apple lends a sweetness and fresh flavor contrasting the earthy cabbage. This is a simple Paleo recipe that is designed as a side dish for any protein, but it tastes great with chops or sausage. You can use green or red cabbage, but try to use the freshest one you can find – your farmer’s market is a good source. To make this recipe strictly AIP, omit the mustard.

Cabbage and Avocado Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

– Autoimmune Wellness

Cabbage and Avocado Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: savoy cabbage, red onion, carrots, parsley, blood oranges, olive oil, coconut vinegar, salt, avocados.

In this amazing AIP cabbage salad, it is a good idea to use the freshest cabbage you can find as it will be sweeter and crunchier than some, so this would be the salad to make on the day you shop. You have a great mix of flavors and textures as the avocado adds creaminess and the vinaigrette gives a lovely citrus zing. The dressing can be stored in the fridge for a few days.

Hamburger & Purple Cabbage Soup

– The Health Nut Mama

Hamburger & Purple Cabbage Soup

Photo Credit: The Health Nut Mama

Ingredients: ground beef, onion, garlic, purple cabbage, carrots, green beans, dried seasoning of choice, bone broth, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt.

On the Autoimmune Protocol you can sometimes run out of tasty and comforting meal ideas, so homemade soups can be very useful. This recipe can be doubled up to make enough for several meals and it freezes well too! This dish has a lovely mix of colors and it makes an aromatic and warming meal for a chilly night or as a satisfying plateful for lunch.

Colcannon

– Healing Family Eats

Colcannon

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: rutabaga, chicken broth, savoy cabbage, bacon fat or lard, parsley, salt.

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of potato and cabbage and was a staple in poorer households for many years. Now it has become common around St. Patrick’s Day across the globe! In Europe rutabaga is known as swede, so no need to panic about ingredients for this simple but delicious AIP dish. Colcannon is usually served as a side dish for cooked ham or corned beef, but it also goes well with pork or lamb.

Zucchini and Cabbage Slaw

– AIP Sisterhood

Ingredients: red cabbage, zucchini, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt, garlic powder, dried dill.

With crunchy cabbage, zucchini noodles and fresh, aromatic basil, this slaw is one of the freshest you can make! It doesn’t involve any creamy dressing but instead uses a seasoned vinaigrette to add freshness and flavor, making it totally compliant with the Paleo and AIP eating plans. This is a lovely side to serve at a family barbecue to team up with burgers and grilled chicken.