Here's one for the cabbage lovers our there, maybe even the haters as well. (I don't understand those people, cabbage is king in my stomach). I really believe that a good bit of cabbage can really change a persons perspective on the humble cruciferous vegetable, maybe even the world. To far? Maybe but what I always say is, "When in doubt try it out!" Either way, this bit of cabbage is vey very good good.
A quick little warm up in a skillet with some sesame soy flavor and crunch and you got yourself a A plus little salad. It hits all the right notes for when a) its winter and fresh greens are more sparse (which it currently is and they currently are) b) its cold out (again currently because it's winter) and c) when you only have a head of cabbage in the fridge (was the case but I have sense remedied that).
Chop it, toss, it, eat it. Quick and easy good food. Get on it.
The stuff. Cabbage (I used savoy but you can use any cabbage you want) soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, olive oil, and a lemon. The lemon is optional, but a little acid is alway welcome in my mouth.
Chop the cabbage. Unless you are making this for more then 2 people, you probably only need half a head. However much you use, chop in up into 1-2 inch peices. You could also shreds it if you want, but I like the bigger pieces.
Toss the cabbage into a hot skillet that has been drizzled with a little olive oil and toss the soy sauce in with it too.
Cook on medium high heat until the cabbage has slightly soften.
While the skillet is still hot, drizzle in a touch of toasted sesame oil and a good amount of sesame seeds. Give it a toss. Taste and add more toasted sesame oil if you want.
Pile it Into a bowl and that's that. Serve with a wedge of lemon or lime if you like the addition of the acid.
Sesame Soy Cabbage
serves 1-2 people
- 1/2 of a head of cabbage (green savoy, or red work)
- 1 tablespoon soy or tamari
- 1/2-1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- sesame seeds
- lemon or lime (optional)
Preheat a large skillet to medium high with the olive oil. While its getting hot, chop the cabbage into 1- 2 inch pieces. When the skillet is hot, dump the cabbage in and toss around with the soy sauce. Let cook for 4-5 minutes, giving it a toss a few times, until the cabbage starts to soften. Depending on your preference you can stop cooking it now, or keep cooking until it reaches you preferred doneness. (I like it with a little crunch so I cook it for 5-6 minutes) Once it's done but the skillet is still hot, drizzle in the toasted sesame oil and toss in the sesame seeds. Taste for flavor and add more toasted sesame oil if needed.
Serve right away although cold left overs are also fantastic. A wedge of lemon or lime is a well received addition.