9 Things to Do with Leftover Cabbage

In some of our recipes, we’ve sent you extra cabbage, so we thought we’d count down our 9 favourite things to do with the leftovers. We’ve split our count down into two sections, For Eating and For Other, and don’t worry, our ideas are all much more inventive than coleslaw!

For Eating

Cabbage Crisps

For a healthier take on potato chips, simply tumble torn leaves in olive oil, then season with salt. Bake in the oven until they become crisp and start to brown - what could be an easier way of using excess cabbage, and a better snack to eliminate salt cravings?


We’ve all heard of cooks adding parsnip and beetroot to cakes to improve moisture, well the same is true of cabbage. Pop some into your next batch of cake mixture and see the transformation - plus it allows you to add antioxidants to dessert!  

Sandwich Fillings

We happily add other vegetables to our sandwiches, like lettuce, cucumber and tomato, so why not cabbage? Sure, whole leaves are a bit tough, but shred them slightly (as if you were making coleslaw) and you have a healthy and crunchy addition to any sandwich or wrap.

Spring Rolls

For an unbelievably healthy twist on the classic spring roll, why not swap the pastry for a cabbage leaf? When it’s all steamed, the cabbage leaf will wilt beautifully around the fragrant inner ingredients, creating a beautifully soft and, just as tasty, spring roll.

Steamed Vegetable Dumplings

If the idea of swapping the pastry for cabbage in traditional Chinese snacks is unappealing, why not incorporate it inside instead? To find out how to use cabbage to make authentic vegetable dumplings see www.redrickshaw.com/blogs/recipes/steamed-vegetable-dumplings

Indian Spicy Cabbage

If you like to stick with what you know when it comes to cooking cabbage, why not jazz it up a bit? Seasoning with garam masala, turmeric powder, red chilli flakes, cumin or tarka spice, adds dimension to this simple vegetable. Add toasted nuts if you like a bit of crunch.

For Other

Flawless Skin

Cabbage isn’t just for eating, and there’s plenty of health benefits in using it other ways. If you’re suffering from skin irritations like acne, apply a compress of steamed, veinless cabbage to the affected skin overnight. You’ll supposedly wake up flawless in the morning.

Relieves Pain & Swelling

The high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories in cabbage (especially the red variety) can supposedly promote wound healing and aid swelling, ulcers and strains. Simply secure fresh cabbage leaves with a bandage and wear for as long as the pain persists.

Stimulate Hair Growth

If you’re suffering from hair loss or simply want to thicken your locks, applying a blend of cabbage and fresh lemon juice to your scalp for 30 minutes, twice a week, is supposedly all you need to do. It’s allegedly the high content of vitamin A that facilitates the hair growth.

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration when you next have any leftovers! Let us know what you do with your cabbage in the comment section below!