Spicy Smothered Cabbage

These recipes, adapted from the community cooking classes at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, demonstrate how cooking simple, local food can be healthy and delicious.
Photography By Matthew Noel | May 01, 2015


Heat oil over medium-high heat in a heavy-bottom pan until shimmering, then add the sliced ham. After the fat is rendered out of the ham and it begins to turn darker in color, add the onion, red bell pepper and half the salt. Cook until the onions are translucent.

Add red pepper flakes, caraway seeds, vinegar. Cook until the vinegar no longer smells acidic. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cabbage, the rest of the salt and water.

Cover the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until the cabbage is soft and tender.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 ounces lean ham, diced
  • 1 medium white onion, julienned
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 medium cabbage, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
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