Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Roasted (Wish They Were Grilled) Cabbage

2 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 103 Comments

I have a confession. This summer loving home cook has no grill. :( We HAD a grill at our old house but it became a casualty of the move and now a new one just isn’t in our budget. Unfortunately the deck where that grill would love to sit is also out of the question but I digress.

As the name suggests I’d much rather throw these on the grill however, they work perfectly fine in the oven. So why not?

If you’ve never had grilled cabbage you are in for surprise. It’s hardy, super light in calories and very filling. I flavor mine with a bit of lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, pepper and bacon bits but you could really use anything. Even the toddler was intrigued by this one and asked for a bite. He gave it 2 thumbs up. The husband didn’t eve bother trying it. Just not his thing.

  • 1 tsp olive oil (5g)
  • 2 tbsp real bacon bits (14g)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (more or less to taste)
  • 1 Medium Head of Cabbage

Preheat the oven (or the grill, you lucky son of a b ;) to 425 degrees.

Mix the olive oil, bacon bits, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to make the marinade.

Prepare the cabbage. Rinse it under water and remove any yucky loose leaves.

Cut the head in half on the core..

Then cut the halves in half again…

…to make quarters.

Lay each wedge on a sheet of aluminum foil large enough to wrap it up in. Spoon about 2 tbsp of the marinade on top making sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies.

Wrap each wedge and bake for 20-30 minutes.

I say 20-30 becuase they will continue to cook once you pull them out and I like mine still crunchy. So I let them sit for a little while pull them out around the 20 minute mark. However, some in the comments have cooked them up to an hour for softer cabbage.

The wedges reheat wonderfull in the oven or the microwave!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 1 Wedge
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
80 2g 6g old: 1 new: 2
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
8g 0g 15g 4g

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    June 28, 2010

    This sounds delicious! I don't know why I only think of cabbage for Chinese Chicken Salads and to go with Corned Beef for St. Patty's Day! lol CRAZY! Thanks for the reminder & recipe! :)


    June 28, 2010

    You are a genius!


    June 28, 2010

    Looks delicious. Love cabbage (and bacon!).


    June 28, 2010

    I tried a brussles sprouts recipe from you once. It was very similar, and came out really good. But in that recipe, you needed to "burn" them, I mean to get them really black to make them yummy. Wonder how this might turn up....

    Krista S.

    June 28, 2010

    Whoa, you referred to the little guy as the toddler! =) Hey, I have two suggestions for you. First, maybe try putting them under the broiler for a bit to give them a charred flavor (sorta grill-like). Second, we just moved and have no budget for a grill, either (waiting for end of season clearance), but we DID have enough to buy one of those portable table-top gas grills like you would take for camping or picnics. It works great for our family (2 adults, 1 tween, 1 teen) and it uses those small canisters of propane that you can pick up anywhere. It's quick to clean up, quick to set up, and easy to store so you don't even need a deck, just a heat proof table. I put a cookie sheet under mine to catch the drips and I store the whole shootin' match in the garage. And you can always take it for cookouts in the park or whatnot. Double duty!


    June 29, 2010

    Yum! I love cabbage. I will try this tomorrow with the steaks I defrosted but didn't cook because I had huge amounts of stuff to do.


    June 29, 2010

    Roni- Another cheapish option for a grill is a charcoal grill from Target, Wal-Mart or similar store. We have a Thomas brand one that we bought at Target for about $25 at least 3 years and 2 moves (Minnesota-Colorado and Colorado-Missouri). It gets some shelter at this house and did at our house in CO, as well, but it sat outside during the harsh MN winter. My DH's family never grilled and soon after we got married I begged for a grill, and we got one of these, this is the second in 8 years of marriage. So, they last a few years, at least. :)

    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    June 29, 2010

    Love it with the bacon bits! Bacon makes everything better! I"m not a huge griller. Ours isn't convenient to get to and I just don't think of it.


    June 29, 2010

    Get Kenmore on board as one of yur sponsors maybe they would be generous enough to gift you one. You could take pics of the grill as you cook etc.


    June 29, 2010

    I'm on your husband's side on this one, i jsut can't get over the smell of cooked cabbage, yuck. But it does look pretty.

    Banded Girl

    June 29, 2010

    Have you thought about getting something like this (Amazon link)? The cabbage sounds really good, I'll have to give it a go!

    Erin P.

    June 29, 2010

    I shred a cabbage finely and then combine it with a tablespoon of olive oil and 1 cup of onion and roast it at 415 degrees or so for about 45 minutes. I mix it up every 15 minutes or so, trying to get good crispy bits out of it. Sometimes I splash it with good balsamic vinegar in the last 10 minutes.


    June 29, 2010

    Hi Roni - What calculator do you use to calculate WW points for recipes? Thanks, Nicole


    June 29, 2010

    Nicole - I use a combination of websites,,, and sometimes I measure everything on my handy dandy electronic scale and tally up the totals. Hope that helps! -Roni


    June 30, 2010

    This is really cool! I've never thought about doing that before. Can't wait to try it.

    Nicole P

    June 30, 2010

    I love cabbage- and can't believe I have never made it this way. I have discovered it is hard to make it good and healthy at the same time when making it in a pan on the stove. I am from the south and we make it with fat/bacon grease. I can see this way quickly becoming my new healthy way of making it.


    July 1, 2010

    Roni ~ I made this last night for supper. Both the hubby and I thought it was awesome! Next time I'll have to cook just a bit longer though. Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas/recipes with us.


    July 10, 2010

    Hi Roni< I made this last night and it was delicious. I had your recipe in my mind for a few days and when I finally went to make it I couldn't get on-line to get the recipe (our internet was down) I winged it. Logging on this morning I see I forgot a few ingredients but it was still delicious. Can't wait to try it with all the ingredients....and I'll have lots of hubby planted 34 cabbages in our garden:)


    February 26, 2011

    Hi! I made these last night. I have been following you for YEARS... anyway... I swear you had a grilled cabbage recipe with different types of vinegars?!?!? Jill


    February 28, 2011

    I think I had one WAAAAAY back when on WeightWatchen that used a combo of apple cider and red wine vinegars but I lost it in the crash. :(


    June 5, 2011

    Good Morning! I made this last night with a few alterations and it was GOOD! I posted on my blog and linked back to you!


    March 25, 2012

    This was excellent, and just what I was looking for! I had seen all of the ones for the grill, but wanted to do an oven version. I used it in my blog "My Year of Vegetables":

    Stephanie G

    June 25, 2012

    gotta try this! looks delish!


    July 4, 2012

    Sounds FABULOUS!


    July 6, 2012

    I have a grill, but in the Texas summer, we have such severe droughts that no one is allowed to use a grill. Super high risk of wildfires... I can only use mine in December.


    July 6, 2012

    I just loved the cabbage!! I featured it on my blog...Check it out!


    July 13, 2012

    Made this the other night and it was a huge hit! Delicious idea! Thankyou.


    July 25, 2012

    How long would you grill it for on a gas grill and on what temp (low, med., hi?) Thanks :)


    July 28, 2012

    I'd put them over medium heat about 10 minutes then flip for another 10 but it's depends on how done you like them.

    Elaine Wettemann

    August 2, 2012

    I made this according to the recipe, but it wasn't cooked nearly enough for me. I like cooked cabbage, and this was still quite raw. It was hot, but still pretty crunchy - not the way I liked cooked cabbage. The next time I cook it (and I will because it was very tasty), I'll add an extra 15 minutes to the cooking time.


    August 3, 2012

    Thanks for the feedback! I do like it still crunchy so i should add that to the description.


    August 5, 2012

    I am going to make this, this afternoon for my father in law coming for lunch. I could only get red cabbage at our local farmer's market. I hope red cabbage works too....


    August 5, 2012

    Roasted Cabbage: Tried this today, 20 minutes on 425 in an regular oven, wasn't long enough. As a african-american we like our vegetables well done. However, I do like this recipe & I will be cooking it again. I added onion to my cabbage also. Total time about 45 min to 1 hour, after 45 min, I lost track.


    August 5, 2012

    Thanks for the feedback Kendra! I edit the recipe above to let people know about the cooking time.


    August 21, 2012

    We do not grill much, but in 44 years of marriage we have had the hibachi (charcoal grill) (a gift) and 3 small propane grills. I keep them on a covered porch and have gotten all 3 of them for less than $5 each at garage/yard sales. People up-grade and mine were almost new.

    Linda Carmical

    September 3, 2012

    When I was a kid my dad made a make-shift grill. I'm not sure if it was because he didn't want to spend the money on a charcoal grill, or if it's just that he could fit more on his grill. You could take some bricks, level rocks, or cement blocks with a grate of some kind and make your own grill. :) Regardless, this recipe sounds absolutley scrumptious and I'm trying it! Thanks for the post!

    Samantha McFall

    September 3, 2012

    What did you serve with this? I want to make it for dinner tomorrow night, but I cant decide if I should serve pasta with it....or baked potatoes? Any ideas?


    September 4, 2012

    I usually serve with with sausage and potatoes or pork chops. Even BBQ chicken would work.


    September 8, 2012

    This was so very good! I cooked it on the grill with hambergers. We spiced it up with some fresh cut jalopenos put in the foil packages!Awesome!


    September 14, 2012

    So, I am blessed with a grill,lol. Infact, my hubby builds outdoor kitchens, so we kinda have to have a grill....anyway...would you still wrap in foil if putting on the grill? Just wondering...can't wait to try this, both ways.


    September 14, 2012

    I finally got a grill!! I still wrap them. It helps steam the cabbage. Hope that helps!


    September 17, 2012

    Used this recipe on the grill last night. Definitely a keeper! I added a bit more bacon (ok, a lot, haha) and used garlic salt instead of regular. Grilled in foil on low heat for about 15 minutes. So good!


    September 18, 2012

    Anyone have an idea if you could do this in the campfire?? wonder how long they would need to cook?


    September 18, 2012

    You mean right on the flame? Not sure, the edges might scorch but I'd start with 10 minutes and then check.


    September 25, 2012

    I've only ever pan fried cabbage. I will have to try this! :)


    September 27, 2012

    Making this right now, had all the ingredients! can't wait to try it! thanks!


    September 29, 2012

    Delicious! Will make again and again!!!!! thanks!


    September 30, 2012

    I made it today for my parents. They liked it but suggested that I add more of the marinade, which I probably skimped a bit on. Overall super easy! :)

    sabbie smith

    October 3, 2012

    Tried the Grilled Cabbage. Very tasty. I have a question about a sentence in the recipe .. Preheat the oven or the grill , if you are lucky_________! I hope that I missed read that but why was that in a receipe. I guess I am a little old fashion but some words are best left out.Only my opinion. Happy cooking.


    October 3, 2012

    Sabbie, glad you liked the cabbage! and yes it's a joke. You read it correctly. In my opinion, those are the little things that make a blog a blog and not a cook book. I'm not just supplying recipes here. I'm sharing my story, my personality, and my life.