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10 Napa Cabbage Recipes That Take This Basic Veggie to the Next Level

Chris Perrin is part mad scientist, part glutton, and part culinary adventurer who is always ready to hit the kitchen to make something delicious. Cooking, especially for friends, has always been one of his deepest passions and explains ...

Not sure what to do with that napa cabbage? We've got some ideas

Bright green napa cabbage is so eye-catching, yet most of us probably stroll by every time we see a head hanging out in the produce section. Why? Because we aren't really sure what the heck to do with it. If your interest in napa cabbage has been piqued, we've got good news. It's actually really versatile — not to mention that it packs a pretty heavy nutritional punch.

With a texture somewhere between celery and bok choy, you really can't go wrong using napa cabbage in these tasty recipes.

1. Napa cabbage soup

Not sure what to do with that napa cabbage? We've got some ideas
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Warm up with a hearty bowl of napa cabbage soup. Add a few cups of chopped napa cabbage to your favorite vegetable, chicken or beef soup; it will give your soup a lot of body and for fewer calories than most other ingredients.

More: Veggie Chip Recipes That Will Slay Potato Cravings

2. Napa cabbage rolls

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Instead of using green cabbage, try some of the larger, outer leaves of napa cabbage. Cut them in half, steam or boil them until they just turn soft, and then fill with a mixture of cooked white rice and browned mild sausage or hamburger. Top with tomato sauce, and bake until bubbly.

3. Napa cabbage taco topping

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Traditionally tacos are topped with a healthy handful of lettuce. A better choice is napa cabbage, which is more flavorful and totes a crisper texture, which contrasts nicely with the taco fillings.

4. Quick kimchee

Not sure what to do with that napa cabbage? We've got some ideas
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Kimchee is a spicy Korean side dish, sort of like the hottest coleslaw you've ever eaten. Traditional kimchee can take several days to make. However, for a quick at-home version, combine a few cups of chopped napa cabbage, a tablespoon of sambal oelek (an Eastern hot sauce), 3 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar, 4 sliced garlic cloves and a healthy pinch of salt. Stir well, chill overnight, and then eat right out of the bowl!

5. Braised napa cabbage

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For a quick and easy side dish, add the cut-up white stems of the napa cabbage to a skillet, and cover them halfway with vegetable broth, ground ginger, garlic powder and a few teaspoons of soy sauce. Cook over medium heat for 8 – 10 minutes or until the napa cabbage becomes soft.

Next up: Napa cabbage stir-fry

Originally published July 2009. Updated July 2017.

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