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Sesame Braised Cabbage

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5 from 4 reviews

This addictive Sesame Braised Cabbage is a winner. This humble vegetable is so tender with crispy edges and doused in an amazing sesame sauce. Pure heaven in your mouth. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 1x



1 full head of cabbage quartered

1 tbsp avocado oil

2 tbsp butter

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 tbsp of water for steaming the cabbage

Sesame Sauce: 

2 tbsp of oyster sauce

2 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp honey

2 cloves of minced garlic

1 stalk of green onion

1 tbsp sambal or chili oil (optional)

2 tbsp of water


  1. Add avocado oil to a cast iron pan with a lid on medium-high heat.
  2. Add the cabbage and fry it until the edges are crispy. Add the butter. Salt and pepper during this time.
  3. Once all sides are crispy, add a little water to create steam to cook through the cabbage. 
  4. Cover with a lid and braise for 5 minutes on lower heat. 
  5. Make your sauce. In a bowl, combine the sesame sauce ingredients. 
  6. Check the cabbage with a knife if the middle is tender. If not, add 5 more minutes of cooking. 
  7. When the water evaporates and the cabbage is ready, pour the sauce all over and saute until the sauce has been incorporated well inside the cabbage. 
  8. Serve and enjoy! 


Air Fryer Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients.
  • Cut the cabbage into quarters. Leave the core. The core will keep it from falling apart.
  • Place the quartered cabbage in the air fryer, and spray both sides with oil.
  • Air fry for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Pour half of the sauce on top. Flip again and pour the remaining sauce.
  • Serve and enjoy!

  • Author: Carmen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: side dish
  • Method: air fry
  • Cuisine: asian