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Cooked shreds of cabbage and carrots in a blue plate. The plate is placed on a striped blue and white kitchen towel.

Ukrainian Braised Cabbage

Sava's Kitchen
This Ukrainian braised cabbage recipe is a vegan cabbage recipe made with carrots, onions, olive oil, tomato paste and salt. Very tender braised cabbage will be great as a side dish on your plate or as a filling for pierogies and pies.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Ukrainian
Servings 8
Calories 100 kcal


  • 1 large green cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small sweet onion
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt use more or less by taste
  • ½ cup hot boiling water
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Wash the cabbage, remove outer leaves and shred it thinly, using a big knife. Grate the carrots and dice the onion into small cubes.
  • Heat 2 Tablespoons of oil over medium heat in a big frying pan. Add onions and cook them for 2-3 min stirring occasionally. Add the carrots and cook together another 3-5 min.
  • In a small bowl mix 4 Tablespoons of water, tomato paste, sugar and half of the salt. Add the mix to the pan and mix well with carrots and onions.
  • Start adding cabbage gradually, one handful at a time by letting it settle down. Cabbage will shrink a lot as we cook it. Once all cabbage added cover the pan with the lid and cook covered for about 5 min over low-medium heat stirring every minute or so to prevent cabbage from burning.
  • Add hot boiling water (use the microwave or electric water) and the bay leaf to the pan. Cover and cook on low heat for about 30 minutes stirring it every 3-5 min until cabbage is soft. If you prefer your cabbage "al dente" with the little crunch it will take only 20 min. Softer cabbage is better for the pies or dumplings, crunchier is great as a side dish. Enjoy!


Calories: 100kcal
Keyword cabbage, fried cabbage, vegan cabbage recipe
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