Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cabbage

This roasted cabbage with honey and crushed red pepper flakes is an easy side dish that’s perfect for a weeknight or Sunday dinner. 

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Sweet Spicy Roasted Cabbage in a bowl with honey

I’m excited to join my fellow food blogger fam to celebrate Black History Month with the 3rd annual virtual potluck. And per usual, I’m bringing a side dish!

My Sweet & Spicy Roasted Cabbage is made with fragrant and toasted sesame oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of warm honey for a slightly sweet finish.

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I grew up eating cabbage the usual southern way – cooked down in a pot with or without meat until tender. And I still eat it that way with cornbread. But I have to say… this roasted cabbage is so easy and delicious, that it’s been my go-to method for a few years now.

Roasted Cabbage Bowl Side View

This simple recipe needs only a few ingredients. The key to getting that gorgeous color is space. And a generous dose of oil. The toasted sesame oil adds an irresistible nutty flavor. I don’t recommend skipping it but if you don’t have any on hand, try olive or avocado oil.

The hot oven helps create that beautiful golden color. To make sure you get a good char, make sure the cabbage wedges are dry when you place them on the pan. And importantly, take care not to crowd the pan so that the cabbage has room to caramelize not steam.

Roasted cabbage on a sheet pan

Truth be told, the cabbage develops a lovely sweetness from roasting alone. But that generous honey drizzle sets it off.

Sweet Spicy Cabbage

I’ll be sharing some of my favorites from the potluck throughout the month over on Instagram and Facebook but go ahead and grab my recipe and check out what we’re serving up in the list below. You can also follow #BHMPotluck throughout February to see what we’re cooking!

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Hot Honey Roasted Cabbage

My easy Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cabbage takes just minutes to make and is perfect for Sunday dinner or a quick weeknight dinner. It’s made with fragrant and toasted sesame oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of warm honey for a slightly sweet finish. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted cabbage
Servings: 8
Calories: 76kcal
Author: Marisa Moore


  • 1 medium head green cabbage
  • 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • coarse salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp honey


  • Preheat oven to 450ºF. Brush a large sheet pan with the avocado oil.
  • Cut the head of cabbage in half and remove the core. Slice into about 8 - 1 inch wedges. Place wedges on the pan in a single layer. Brush evenly with the toasted sesame oil, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, and salt to taste.
  • Roast cabbage about 15 minutes or until the underside is browned. Turn each wedge (carefully). Roast an additional 10 minutes, until the cabbage is tender but not softened. When done, drizzle with warm honey. Serve warm or at room temperature.


TIP: To make this recipe vegan, swap the honey for maple or date syrup.


Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 41.6mg | Calcium: 47mg

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8 Comments on Sweet and Spicy Roasted Cabbage

  1. Sues
    January 31, 2019 at 7:25 PM (9 months ago)
    Oh wow! I typically don't think that cabbage is that exciting (I like it, but don't LOVE it), but this seriously looks SO good... I need to try it ASAP!!

    5 stars

  2. Danielle Wolter
    January 31, 2019 at 7:41 PM (9 months ago)
    yum yum yum....this looks awesome. I wish I had found this when I cooked up a head of cabbage this weekend - it would have been perfect!

    5 stars

  3. Jenna
    January 31, 2019 at 9:27 PM (9 months ago)
    Cabbage recipes are so underrated! Pinned this to make for Easter.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      February 1, 2019 at 9:46 AM (9 months ago)
      I agree! It's one of those forgotten power veggies! And this would be perfect for Easter! Reply
  4. Jillian
    January 31, 2019 at 10:40 PM (9 months ago)
    This looks like a sweet and savory little snack! It is now on my 'Must Try' list!

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      February 1, 2019 at 9:44 AM (9 months ago)
      Jillian, I have to admit, I ate a bunch of it straight from the pan! Reply
  5. Tisha
    February 1, 2019 at 12:48 AM (9 months ago)
    Fantastic idea for a side dish! Love the sweet and spicy!

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      February 1, 2019 at 9:45 AM (9 months ago)
      Thank you! I know cabbage can be a little boring... this elevates it just a little :) Reply

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