Sweet Ginger Soy Fried Cabbage

  • Author: Joyce | Pups with Chopsticks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Fusion


A simple quick and easy fried cabbage side dish made by caramelizing cabbage on high heat to give it a bit of char but still retains a crisp texture and then tossed with a sweet ginger soy sauce.



  • 1/2 cabbage
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2cm x 2cm ginger (*see notes below)
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter




  1. Cut the cabbage in half, and then cut out the core by cutting an upside V around the cabbage core
  2. Slice the cabbage into slices and set it aside for later
  3. Cut the onion into slices and set it aside
  4. Peel the garlic and finely chop it and set it aside
  5. Grate the ginger and set it aside (if you don’t grate the ginger, cut them into slices instead)

Making the Sauce

  1. In a small bowl combine all the ingredients from the ‘Sauce’ ingredient list and set aside

Putting It Together

  1. In a large frying pan, add a bit of oil and 1/2 tablespoon of butter and set the stove to medium high heat
  2. Add the garlic and ginger and brown it for approximately 1 minute until it is slightly brown and fragrant. Make sure to move it around so it doesn’t burn
  3. Add the cabbage into the frying pan and stir it a bit and flip the garlic and ginger from below the pan so that it is on top of the cabbage so they don’t burn
  4. Add the onions on top of the cabbage
  5. Let the cabbage char by not touching it for about 1-2 minutes
  6. Once 1-2 minutes pass, stir the cabbage around and mix the onions into it. Once it is well mixed, let it sit untouched again for another 1-2 minutes to let the onions and cabbage char again
  7. Once the 1-2 minutes has passed again, add in the sauce and mix the cabbage well with the sauce and let the cabbage soften by letting it cook for another 1 minute
  8. Turn off the heat and plate it and enjoy with rice or noodles. (If you cut the ginger into slices, remove the ginger slices)


  • Grating the ginger helps spread the ginger flavor throughout the dish so that you don’t bite into chunks of ginger (which can be very overpowering). If you can’t grate the ginger, cut it into slices instead. Once you are done cooking, you can easily remove the ginger slices before serving the cabbage.
  • I have tested this recipe with ginger powder and it works great! 🙂 If you can’t get a hold of fresh ginger, substitute it with 1 teaspoon of ginger powder.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 92 cal
  • Sugar: 12 g
  • Sodium: 1145 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: fried cabbage