Pan Seared Cabbage with Walnuts, Parmesan and Sage

"I love when a few simple ingredients work together to create magic! I wanted a combination of crispy charred leaves and tender cores and believe I’ve achieved just that. It’s delicious beyond my expectations (and high in nutrition, thank you walnuts)! It comes off as a hearty side but, as cabbage is the base, is quite light making it perfect to serve alongside a heavy meal. I’ll share the recipe below. This one may be served room temperature, is prepared in one pan, and, excluding salt and pepper, has just five main ingredients meaning it’s easy to get on the table."
-- @feedtheswimmers
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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 15mins

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  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 1 head cabbage, outer leaves removed, sliced into eighths
  • Sage, leaves torn
  • Flaked salt
  • Black peppercorns, freshly ground
  • 1 scant cup walnuts
  • Parmesan, fresh grated
  • Chives, for garnish
  • Olive oil, for finishing


  • Step 1

    Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons avocado oil.

  • Step 2

    Rinse cabbage under water. If any leaves fall off, cut those into 1/3-inch shreds. Arrange cut sides of large wedges down so nestled into the pan. Let cook, undisturbed, for about 7 minutes, until the bottom has browned. Carefully flip and cook for 3 more minutes.

  • Step 3

    Move cabbage to the edges of the pan, then add remaining avocado oil, any cabbage shreds, and sage to the center of the pan. Sauté and season with salt and pepper. Cook until wilted, about 3 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Push everything to the edges of the pan and place the walnuts in the center. Toast for about 2 minutes, moving them around to prevent from burning.

  • Step 5

    Transfer to a serving plate, adjust seasoning to taste, and finish with grated Parmesan, chives, and a drizzle of olive oil.