Lyndsay Cordell

Grilled Lemon Cabbage Steaks are a Bright BBQ Side

Cabbage is an underrated vegetable. Thrust into the limelight for a short time during March, the brassica spends most of its time on the sidelines during the rest of the year incorporated in mayo-based salads or quickly sautéed with butter. It all ends today though because I am bringing green cabbage to the front and center by turning it into savory grilled steaks.

Crispy and charred, these grilled cabbage steaks are the perfect side or main entree to add to your grilling recipe Rolodex. Super versatile, our gluten-free, paleo recipe contains only 5 ingredients that can be expanded upon depending on what you are craving or what is already in your pantry. Add some cumin and paprika for a spicy take or spoon on homemade ranch as a kid-friendly side. However you season it, you'll love how sweet and smoky the cabbage tastes after just a few short minutes on the grill.

How To Prepare Cabbage for the Grill

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Start by placing the cabbage on a cutting board and slicing a small piece of the root. You'll want to leave a small piece of the root attached, otherwise, the cabbage leaves will fall apart while cutting, and ultimately on the grill. Placing the cabbage on the cut root, so the cabbage is standing up, slice into 1-inch steaks. Brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. I find that slicing and placing the cabbage on a sheet try is the best way to get every leaf seasoned and makes it easier to transfer to the grill.

Once the grill is preheated place the cabbage steaks onto the grates and grill until slightly charred, about 6 minutes. Flip using a grill spatula and cook until crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Some of the outer leaves may fall off, but just set them aside, making sure they don't fall in-between the grates.

Remove to a plate, squeeze on lemon juice and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve with grilled protein such as garlic grilled chicken thighs or serve as a main course with a side of quinoa and grilled squash.

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Grilled Lemon Cabbage Steaks are a Bright BBQ Side

Our Grilled Cabbage Steaks are crispy, smoky, and effortless to make. Serve them with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of parsley.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 head cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lemon
  • chopped parsley


  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  • Prepare the cabbage by trimming part of the bottom of the root. Stand the cabbage up and cut it into 1-inch steaks. Place on a baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place cabbage on grill and cook one side until charred, about 6 minutes. Turn over and cook an additional 3 minutes, until crispy.
  • Remove to a plate and squeeze on lemon juice and sprinkle with parsley. Serve.


Calories: 107kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 57mgPotassium: 783mgFiber: 7gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 250IUVitamin C: 97.4mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 2mg