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Super Easy Air Fryer Cabbage

Cabbage is an easily accessible vegetable that is usually pretty fairly priced year-round. It also lasts quite a while once you’ve purchased it. This makes it a great option for many families. Its crunchy texture, however, can prove to be difficult for young babies, which is why I recommend cooking it, like in this air fryer cabbage recipe.

It is a pretty versatile vegetable in that it can be eaten raw, pickled, fermented, steamed, stewed, roasted, sauteed, etc. Cabbage is closely related to broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and brussels sprouts. Because of its long shelf life, sailors would use it on long trips to help prevent scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency.

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How to Serve Cabbage to Babies

When first starting out, serve cooked cabbage as that will be softer. You can offer thin strips or you can shred or finely chop the cabbage. Avoid serving the core of the cabbage as that is especially tough.

Cabbage Nutrition

Cabbage is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber. It also contains vitamin B6 and folate. There is ongoing research on phytochemicals, like some found in cabbage, to determine what health benefits they may have. Red cabbage has anthocyanins which are associated with heart health (reference).

Buying Cabbage

Types of Cabbage

The main varieties of cabbage that we see in stores are the leafy green, red, or white cabbages. The red cabbage is more of a purple color and the white is a pale green. Napa cabbage is a different species than the other cabbages.

Green cabbage tends to be more mild in flavor. It has a higher moisture content so may be softer and easier for babies to eat. Red cabbage tends to be a bit more peppery and can be more bitter. It has less moisture so it may not be as tender. You can use cooking methods to increase the moisture or offer another variety to babies.

Tips for Storage

Ideally, cabbage should be stored in the refrigerator with high humidity. In ideal conditions, cabbage can last up to 6 months. IN less than idea conditions, cabbage can last up to 4 months (reference).

Air Fryer Cabbage

Super easy, air fryer cabbage that's super customizable.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fried, kid-friendly, vegetable
Servings: 4
Calories: 57kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cabbage
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • t tsp red pepper flakes (omit or adjust depending on desired level of spiciness)

Instructions

  • Cut the half cabbage into 3-4 wedges.
  • Brush with oil and add seasonings.
  • Air fry at 385° for 15 minutes, tossing gently once.

Notes

Green cabbage tends to be softer and have a more mild taste than red cabbage. If using red cabbage, you may need to cook longer. You can also add 1/2 cup of water to the bottom of your air fryer to steam roast the cabbage and make it even softer.

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