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Cabbage Stir Fry

Easy and delicious cabbage stir fry recipe with carrots, stir fry sauce, and fresh garlic and onion. Serve this cabbage recipe topped with sweet chili sauce for the best flavor!

stir fry in a bowl with a bite twirled around a fork

It’s no secret that I have a love for homemade stir fry recipes.

Broccoli with garlic sauce, ramen noodle stir fry, stir fry vegetables, broccoli tofu stir fry, broccoli stir fry just to name a few.

Stir fry is one of our favorite types of dinners to make.

This recipe that I am sharing today is just 10 ingredients and so easy to make!

You can’t go wrong with this delicious cabbage stir fry recipe. 

Ingredients to make cabbage stir fry

  • ramen noodles (flavor packets discarded)
  • thinly sliced green cabbage
  • minced fresh ginger
  • fresh garlic
  • grated carrots
  • yellow onion, diced
  • sesame oil
  • stir fry sauce
  • sweet chili sauce, for topping
cabbage and carrot with ramen noodles

how to make cabbage stir fry

First, remove the core from a green cabbage and thinly slice the cabbage until you measure 5 cups worth. 

The core is tough, so we don’t want to use that part of the cabbage in this recipe. 

Try to slice it as thinly as possible for best texture. 

Grate the carrots and finely mince the ginger and garlic. 

ramen noodle cabbage stir fry in a red pan

Ginger and garlic are key for the perfect flavor when making any stir fry, so don’t skip this step!

These are what give stir fry that next level flavor. 

If you have ever wondered what makes an oriental dish taste like the real deal, it is this!

If you have never bought fresh ginger in the store, just look for it in your produce section.

It comes in long knobs which look like roots.

To prepare your ginger, just cut off the peeling with a knife, then slice and dice until the ginger is in very small minced pieces.

You can also use the back of a spoon to scrape off the peel, it takes a little bit longer, but often yields more ginger.

a serving of noodles

Pro tip: buy the pre bagged already peeled garlic cloves.

This saves a lot of prep work time!

Peel and dice up a yellow onion. 

Once all of your vegetables are prepped, it is time to start cooking the stir fry. 

In a large skillet or jumbo cooker combine the cabbage, ginger, garlic, carrots, onion, and 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. 

I love cooking stir fry recipes in sesame oil as it adds even more flavor!

raw ginger, onion, cabbage, and carrots in a large skillet

You do not need a wok to make this recipe, any large skillet type pan will work!

Turn the heat to medium high and stir often, until cabbage is wilted and onion is soft as pictured below.

This will take around 15 – 20 minutes. 

Stir every few minutes to make sure the vegetables cook evenly. 

This will cook the cabbage down until it is nice and soft. 

cooked cabbage, carrots, ginger, and onion

When the veggies are close to being done cooking, prepare the ramen noodles. 

These only take a few minutes to make. 

Discard the ramen noodle packets, you don’t need those. 

Cook the ramen noodles according to the package instructions, then drain. 

stir fry sauce in a mason jar with a lid

Make the 3 ingredient stir fry sauce linked in the recipe and shake all the ingredients together. 

This is the sauce that I use in every stir fry recipe that I make, it is so easy and always tastes amazing!

A good sauce is important to any homemade stir fry recipe. 

cabbage stir fry in a skillet with tongs

Once the noodles are cooked, add them to the cabbage stir fry.

Pour the homemade stir fry sauce over the top. 

It won’t look like much sauce at first, but the flavor is very strong and will work just right for the amount of ingredients in this recipe. 

It is a highly concentrated sauce, so the little bit goes a long way. 

cooked cabbage, carrots, onion, and ginger

Cook for an additional 3 – 5 minutes, stirring well, until sauce coats the entire stir fry.

The cornstarch part of the sauce is what will cause it to thicken and start to coat the ingredients of the stir fry. 

Just keep mixing until all of the veggies and noodles are coated. 

cabbage recipe with ramen noodles

I find tongs to work best for mixing the noodles evenly into the vegetables. 

Everything is going to stick together in clumps at first.

I have found that tongs help separate everything nicely so that you get both ramen and veggies in every bite. 

cabbage stir fry being served with tongs

From here you can taste and add more soy sauce (if you like a saltier stir fry), or you’re ready to eat!

Grab a bowl and serve up this cabbage stir fry!

This makes a very large amount and the leftovers are just as good the next day. 

“Absolutely delicious, it makes quite a lot.”

overhead view of a skillet full of cooked cabbage stir fry noodles

I love using ramen noodles in stir fry and they’re perfect in this one. 

If you are gluten free, make this recipe gluten free by using brown rice ramen noodles!

The texture is slightly different, but I have used them before and they are still good. 

I love this recipe! It is soo good and I have made it 3 times in the past month!

stir fried cabbage and noodles in the skillet

For a slightly healthier ramen option, some stores sell organic ramen noodles if you look for them.

We have bought these and they don’t taste any different than the regular ones!

How can I make this high protein?

Cook up some of your favorite protein (chicken, tofu, beef, etc) and add it in to make this higher in protein. 

Just remember you may need more sauce to accommodate for the extra ingredients.

ramen noodles, cabbage, and carrots in a dish

For this cabbage noodle stir fry, you absolutely MUST top it with sweet chili sauce!

Try not to skip this step. 

The salty nutty flavor of the stir fry pairs perfectly with the sweet slightly spicy sweet chili sauce. 

a bowl of stir fry with sweet chili sauce on top

Sweet chili sauce is so delicious on stir fry recipes. 

The sweetness also balances out the natural slight bitterness that cabbage can sometimes have. 

It’s a must have for this cabbage stir fry!

Be sure to also check out this recipe for Asian Mushroom Ramen Noodles that is so yummy with sweet chili sauce!

If you have a hankering for orange tofu or orange chicken, try this homemade orange sauce

And of course this broccoli tofu ramen noodles recipe for another super delicious meatless stir fry!

white bowl of stir fry with sweet chili sauce on top

Just pour a little on top of your bowl and stir it all in!

Literally heaven in every bite and so fast to throw together.

Sweet and spicy and all things yummy. 

This makes a very large amount (yay for leftovers!)

Easy and delicious. 

A dinner time favorite!

a fork twirling a bite of sweet chili covered ramen noodles

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Ramen noodle cabbage stir fry recipe

Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe

cabbage stir fry being pulled from a pan with tongs

The best cabbage stir fry recipe with homemade stir fry sauce. Top this ramen noodle recipe with sweet chili sauce for the perfect flavor!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 9 oz ramen noodles (flavor packets discarded)
  • 5 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

For the sauce

for topping

  • sweet chili sauce to taste

Instructions

  1. Remove the core from a green cabbage and thinly slice 5 cups worth of cabbage
  2. Dice the yellow onion and mince the fresh garlic and ginger
  3. Grate the carrots
  4. Add the sliced cabbage, ginger, garlic, carrots, onion, and sesame oil to a large skillet or jumbo cooker
  5. Cook over medium high heat, stirring often, for 15 - 20 minutes, or until cabbage is wilted and onion is softened
  6. In the last 5 minutes of cook time, prepare the ramen noodles according to package instructions
  7. Once the cabbage stir fry is done, add in the cooked ramen noodles and homemade stir fry sauce
  8. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes until well coated and combined
  9. Add soy sauce to taste, if desired (I did not add any more)
  10. Serve stir fry topped with sweet chili sauce

Notes

1. I used organic ramen noodles, so it was a total of 8.4 oz. If using regular ramen most are 3 oz each so you would need 3 blocks.

This stir fry is intended to be topped with sweet chili sauce. It's the perfect slightly sweet and spicy contrast to the mild bitterness of the cabbage. Don't skip this!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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Dennis M Nichols-Faber

Thursday 12th of November 2020

This was a great meal. I added more cabbage and carrots. Add a little chicken too. Loved the stir fry sauce. This is going to be a regular meal twice a month.

Rhonda Mesnick

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

This was outstanding and filling. My husband ate some in the middle of the night and the next morning he said it was even better than the day before. I did everything exactly as the recipe stated but used a bag of cole slaw and only 2 packages of ramen. This is a keeper.

Joy Shull

Thursday 12th of November 2020

I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe Rhonda!

Chrystie

Sunday 13th of September 2020

I have made this numerous times and it is absolutely delicious. I sautéed ground chicken and added that prior to the stir fry sauce. Husband says this is a keeper. Thank you for the yummy recipe!

Joy Shull

Monday 14th of September 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe Chrystie!

Denise Talley

Saturday 5th of September 2020

Wow! This was so simple but taste was great! Quick meal and you can add a meat but it's good just the way it is, thanks for the recipe.

Kris

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

I added about 1 Tbsp of brown sugar to your stir fry sauce and skipped the sweet chili sauce. My entire family loved it. Nice to have an alternative recipe to use up cabbage from the garden..

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