These roasted cabbage steaks drizzled with a refreshing cilantro lime sauce to intensify the flavor satisfy both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

These roasted cabbage steaks drizzled with a refreshing cilantro lime sauce to intensify the flavor satisfy both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

We’ve been eating copious amounts of cabbage around here lately, and I’ll tell you why.

It all started when I made some stuffed cabbage rolls and couldn’t stop thinking about them. I wish I could tell you it was because they were insanely delicious, but it’s because they took way too much time and effort to make. As sad as I am to say this, the lemon just wasn’t worth the squeeze with my cabbage roll recipe.

I knew there had to be an easier, faster way to make killer cabbage rolls. Could there be a cabbage roll “hack” I was missing out on?

To satisfy my curiosity, I took to Instagram to ask you guys for cabbage roll tips—and I was introduced to an interesting concept: The unstuffed cabbage roll.

For those of you who share the same cabbage roll woes, you will love this workaround. Unstuffed cabbage rolls have the exact same taste and flavor as the stuffed version, but they skip the steaming, wrapping, and filling of the cabbage leaves. Check them out here.

As I continued my quest to perfect a cabbage roll dish of some sort, one thing led to another, and I ended up creating my new favorite cabbage side dish of all time: Roasted cabbage steaks. And now, here we are.

What are Roasted Cabbage Steaks?

Roasted cabbage steaks are exactly what they sound like. They’re one-inch-thick slices of seared and roasted cabbage that resemble the size and shape of a cut of steak. You could say they’re like a vegetarian alternative to steak if there is such a thing!

On their own, these roasted cabbage steaks are tender-crisp, creamy, crunchy and satisfying. When drizzled with a spicy lime and cilantro sauce, they also become addictive. Can’t say I’ve ever said that about a cabbage recipe!

Are Cabbage Steaks Good for You?

As far as nutrition facts go, these cabbage steaks are low-carb, gluten-free, and a delicious way to eat more fiber. The cilantro, garlic, and lime in the spicy sauce also kick the antioxidants up a notch.

If you’re trying to lower your intake of saturated fat or want to make the recipe 100% vegan, then use avocado oil instead of butter.

These cabbage steaks are a hearty, healthy, filling side dish that satisfies both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

How to Make Roasted Cabbage Steaks in Under 30 Minutes

From start to finish, the recipe is pretty simple. Slice the cabbage into one inch thick pieces, then sear them in a cast-iron skillet with butter or avocado oil. Then, lightly season them with some garlic powder as they sear, pop them in the oven for 15ish minutes to roast to perfection, and you’re done.

All that’s left is to drizzle the Asian-style spicy lime and cilantro sauce over those beauties, which you can whisk together in a bowl while the cabbage steaks sizzle in the oven.

If cilantro is not your cup of tea, that’s all right. You can serve the cabbage steaks just as they are when you take them out of the oven. However,  I strongly recommend serving with the sauce if you don’t have an aversion to cilantro or lime. It truly turns cabbage into one of the most delicious things you’ve ever tasted!

P.S. I also have a different version of a spicy cilantro lime sauce that substitutes vegan coconut aminos for the fish sauce and uses jalapeño for heat instead of cayenne. It’s just as simple and delicious. You might want to try it instead or use it next time.

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Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Spicy Lime and Cilantro Sauce

Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Spicy Lime and Cilantro Sauce

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  • Author: Sharon Chen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
  • Method: Roast
  • Cuisine: American
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These roasted cabbage steaks drizzled with a refreshing cilantro lime sauce to intensify the flavor satisfy both vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.


  • 1 head of cabbage (green cabbage)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (or avocado oil if vegan), divided
  • salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to taste (you could also use roasted garlic)
  • lime wedges for garnishing

For the Spicy Lime and Cilantro Sauce

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (omit if vegan)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Slice cabbage into 1/2-inch-thick pieces vertically. (See video.)
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter or heat 1 tablespoon avocado oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 or 2 cabbage steaks (depending on the size of your cast-iron skillet); lightly season with a dash of salt, black ground pepper, and a pinch of garlic powder. Cook 3 to 4 minutes. Place the cabbage steaks in a single layer, seared side up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat this process with remaining cabbage, adding more butter or oil to the skillet as needed. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  4. While the cabbage steaks are baking, whisk all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  5. Once the cabbage steaks are done, dish and drizzle with the dressing, and serve with lime wedges and cilantro. YUM!


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 259
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 503mg
  • Fat: 24.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.3g
  • Fiber: 4.6g
  • Protein: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Spicy Lime and Cilantro Sauce

About the Author

Sharon Chen is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and author of the Complete Sous Vide Cookbook. She believes food not only brings healing but also connection. As the creator of StreetSmart Kitchen, she aims to make meal prep easier than ever and help you find balance, ease, joy, and simplicity in the kitchen as you improve your well-being.