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What To Make With Napa Cabbage

By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: January 16, 2017
What To Make With Napa Cabbage

Napa cabbage is a cruciferous green and oval shaped vegetable from Asia. It is often referred as “Chinese cabbage” since it is a very common staple food in Asian cuisine. This uncommon vegetable in many Western countries can be used to prepare a wide variety of exciting dishes. In this OneHowTo article we will give you some food ideas that you can make with napa cabbage.

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Characteristics and Nutritional Information

Napa cabbage is a leafy light green vegetable from the Brassica family, which originally was consumed by East Asian families. It is a crunchy and slightly sweet vegetable that alongside bok choy are widely consumed in Asian inspired dishes.

It only contains around 25 calories per 100 grams of cooked cabbage and it is a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some of its more profound compounds include Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium and manganese.

Fermented Foods

One of the most common uses for napa cabbage is to make kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean lacto-fermented vegetable food that is cooked by soaking different vegetables and spices in a brine. The fermentation will create beneficial bacteria for a healthy GI tract. Other fermented foods include sauerkraut, yogurt and pickles. In this OneHowTo recipe article you can learn how to make an easy and quick napa cabagge kimchi.

What To Make With Napa Cabbage - Fermented Foods

Salads and Cold Dishes

Raw napa cabbage can be used to add crunch and new flavors to salads. Try giving a spin to the traditional coleslaw by using nappa cabbage for a slightly sweet and milder taste. It pairs well with other common Asian ingredients such as peanuts and ginger to make an Asian cuisine inspired appetizer.

What To Make With Napa Cabbage - Salads and Cold Dishes

Main Dishes

For a much more hearty meal it can be used to prepare succulent a stir-fried dish. Use napa cabbage in a stir-fry with a meat source such as beef and chicken, some soy sauce and a variety of spices for a quick evening meal. This is a money saving idea to replace your usual Chinese takeout.

What To Make With Napa Cabbage - Main Dishes

Side Dishes

If you already have a protein cooked, napa cabbage can be used to prepare a quick vegetable side dish. Braised napa cabbage leaves with some drizzled oil on top, bone broth and simple seasoning will soften out in the oven and add some decadent flavor.

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Tips
  • Store in the fridge to prevent easly spoilage. If washed before storage make sure to dry throroughly and eliminate moisture.

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