When you need a quick and easy side dish, try this recipe for Air Fryer Cabbage! It is tender and tasty and goes with almost any main dish.

bowl of air fryer cooked cabbage on countertop

Cooked cabbage is one of my favorite easy side dishes. Rather than spend time sautéing it or baking it, try it cooked right in the air fryer. It’s a no-brainer vegetable dish that is tasty and goes with almost any main dish recipe.

The cabbage, since it’s cut in large pieces, retains some fresh, semi-raw crunch in the center, but the edges get nice and crispy like when you roast Brussels sprouts.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • It’s fast! When dinner is about ready and you’ve forgotten a side dish, this air fryer cabbage is done in just 20 minutes from chopping block to plate.
  • Cabbages are cheap and easy to find. You can use green or red cabbage.
  • Leftovers are perfect for adding to salads or going into a stir-fry right before serving.

Key Ingredients

ingredients for air fryer cabbage.

Cabbage is an incredibly healthy vegetable and should be considered a staple. You’ve probably had it in coleslaw, but it’s time to consider eating it cooked. You might also like my recipes for Instant Pot Cabbage, Slow Cooker Cabbage, or How to Freeze Cabbage.

Butter, ghee, or vegan butter adds a really rich taste.

Salt and pepper are simple seasonings that add a ton of flavor.

Recipe Steps

Step One

Roughly chop your cabbage. You don’t want it small enough to fall through the bottom of your air fryer basket tray.

A chef's knife and a cut cabbage head on a wood cutting board.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Toss the cabbage with the oil, salt, and pepper to make sure it is evenly coated.

Cut cabbage in a white mixing bowl.

Step Three

Add the cabbage to the air fryer basket in as close to a single layer as possible. You may need to cook in batches if you have a small basket.

Cut cabbage in an air fryer basket.

Step Four

Shake or toss the cabbage halfway through cooking time. Serve warm.

Cooked cabbage in an air fryer basket.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Some air fryer models needs to be preheated. Check your manual to determine if you need to preheat before cooking the cabbage.
  • You can melt your butter or ghee in a small saucepan on the stovetop, or in a small bowl in the microwave.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • The cabbage pieces can overlap in the air fryer basket. Just be sure to shake or stir them halfway through the cooking process so they cook evenly.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use red cabbage?

Yes, you can use either green, purple, or red cabbage in the air fryer. You can also use Napa cabbage.

Is this recipe dairy-free?

Ghee is not dairy-free, though is considered lactose-free. Decide what fits your diet best. I’d recommend a vegan butter substitute if you want this recipe to be 100% dairy-free or vegan.

Which air fryer do you recommend?

I have owned and used at least 4 different types of air fryers. I have a list of the best air fryers under $100 which are all good models.

Can I use pre-cut cabbage?

Yes but generally the pre-cut cabbage is for coleslaw and it will be so finely shredded that it will fall through the holes in the air fryer basket. You can try using it in this recipe, but you may need to use a piece of foil with slits cut into it.

A fork in a white ceramic bowl of air fryer cabbage.

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A wide angle shot of air fryer cooked cabbage in a white bowl.

Air Fryer Cabbage


Description

When you need a quick and easy side dish, try this recipe for Air Fryer Cabbage! It is tender and tasty and goes with almost any main dish.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 head green cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee, melted (for vegan or dairy-free diets, use vegan butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop your cabbage into large pieces or slices (you don’t want to shred or cut the cabbage too small that they will fall through the openings of your air fryer basket).
  2. Place the cabbage in a medium mixing bowl. Add the butter or ghee, salt and pepper. Toss to combine.
  3. Transfer the cabbage to your air fryer basket. Set the time to 350°F for 6 minutes.
  4. After the 6 minutes are up, open the basket and toss the cabbage gently.
  5. Set the timer to cook for 4-6 more minutes, or until the cabbage is wilted and slightly browned. Be careful that it doesn’t burn.
  6. Serve warm.

Notes

  1. Some air fryer models needs to be preheated. Please refer to the owner’s manual of your particular model to see if you need to preheat it before using.
  2. You can melt your butter or ghee in a small saucepan on the stovetop, or in a small bowl in the microwave.
  3. This recipe can easily be doubled depending on the size of your air fryer.
  4. The cabbage pieces can overlap in the air fryer basket. Just be sure to shake or stir them halfway through the cooking process so they cook evenly.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: air fryer vegetable, cooked cabbage, vegan buttered cabbage

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