A quick simple side that can help the main dish shine while still sticking out on its own. That is what I love about the Sautéed Onion Mustard Cabbage, takes minutes to prep and has subtle yet bold flavors which can be universally served.
(Original post date Feb 13, 2018 / Links and post updated Feb. 4, 2022)
Cabbage is a healthy and nutritious side dish that is a bit on the sweet side of the vegetable world. It can be used in salads, soups, casseroles, and so much more.
There is one holiday that cabbage is a star. Corned Beef and Cabbage are a staple in most American households on Saint Patrick’s day. But, did you know that what we serve on Saint Patrick’s day is not a traditional Irish Meal?
As far as we know, the Irish have always produced and traded salted meat up until the 19th century.
The Irish discovered that the cheapest cut of meat in America was actually brisket during their immigration to the United States. They cooked the brisket the same way they cooked bacon, and corned beef was born.
Adding cabbage was just an easy way to create the traditional side dish with inexpensive and readily available ingredients.
In Ireland, they consume salted pork and, while corned beef and cabbage are available, they are not considered traditional meals or as popular as they once were.
Why it is eaten on St. Patrick’s Day is because Americans choose to celebrate what they perceive as Irish customs on the Irish Saint’s feast day.
Health Benefits of Cabbage
- Approximately one-third of the daily vitamin C requirement is found in half a cup of cooked cabbage. Additionally, it gives you fiber, folate, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A and K.
- The fiber content of cabbage is 1 gram per 10 calories. This helps you feel fuller for longer, so you eat less. In addition to keeping you regular, it could help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and control blood sugar levels.
- During fermentation, cabbage makes natural probiotics that nourish your gut bacteria. Bacteria aid your body in fighting germs, digestion, and regulating anxiety.
- Inflammation has been linked to things like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. Cabbage contains lots of chemicals that help decrease inflammation in tissues.
- Cabbage has been found to prevent certain types of cancer, according to several studies. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of cabbage are contributing factors to this belief. You can also credit glucosinolates, special sulfur-containing substances that turn your body into a cancer fighter.
- A diet rich in cabbage, especially red cabbage, may raise levels of beta-carotene, lutein, and other heart-healthy antioxidants.
- Researchers recently found that consuming a lot of cabbage lowers the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that participants who followed the Nordic style diet most closely, which included root vegetables, fish, apples, pears, oatmeal, and rye bread, were at least 38% less likely to get the disease.
Make Sauteed Onion Mustard Cabbage
- Melt butter in a large deep skillet. Place onions in the skillet with salt. Saute onions until soft about 2 minutes.
- Add mustard and cabbage to the skillet. Stir to combine.
- Cover and allow to cook 7-10 minutes until cabbage is tender but still crispy.
Make it a Complete Saint Patricks Day Meal
Want to make a complete homemade non-tradition Sait Patricks day Meal?
- Nitrate Free Corned Beef
- Buttery Roasted Potatoes and Carrots
FAQ and Tips
Common Questions that get asked about the recipe, and tips to save you time and money.
- Do I have to use Red Cabbage or can I only use green?
As long as you use cabbage it does not matter the color.
- Can I substitute yellow mustard for dijon mustard?
Recipes are just base lines you can use any mustard you like, just be aware the flavor profile will change. Recommend you add a little then taste than if you need more add more.
- How would you reheat this dish?
It only takes a few minutes to reheat. You can place it in the microwave for a few minutes or on the stove top for 2-5 minutes until warmed through.
More Sait Patricks Day Recipes
Recipe for Sauteed Onion Mustard Cabbage
Sautéed Onion Mustard Cabbage
- 1 Deep Skillet
- 1 small yellow onion sliced
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- ½ head green cabbage sliced about 4 cups
- ½ head red cabbage sliced about 4 cups
- Melt butter in a large deep skillet. Place onions in the skillet with salt. Saute onions until soft about 2 minutes. Add mustard and cabbage to the skillet. Stir to combine. Cover and allow to cook 7-10 minutes until cabbage is tender but still crispy.
- Allow the dish to cool slightly before serving!
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