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Green cabbage braised until caramelized and combined with baked tofu that is smoky, salty, and just a little bit sweet! This easy and flavorful plant-based recipe is perfect for a light and nutritious dinner. It’s naturally sweet, meaty and requires just 6 ingredients!

Braised Cabbage with Smoked Tofu in a casserole

Sometimes, the simpler, the better, and this is exactly what this comforting and delicious dish is about!

Ingredients like green cabbage, tofu, chili powder, soy sauce, maple syrup

🥣 How to Make Smoky Tofu

This recipe starts with the tofu. First, marinate tofu slices in a combination of maple syrup, soy sauce, ground chili, and liquid smoke for at least 1 hour.

If you don’t have liquid smoke, simply use smoked paprika!

Tofu marinating in soy sauce, maple syrup, and chili powder

Once marinated, tofu is baked for about 20 minutes until golden brown and crispy on the edges. This tofu is amazing! It’s meaty, smoky, and perfectly spicy!

Close up of baked tofu

🥬 How to Make Braised Cabbage

Now, onto the cabbage!

We went with half a head of green cabbage. Slice it into thin strips and blanch it for about 5 minutes in boiling water. This will pre-cook the cabbage and make it easier to digest.

Shredded green cabbage on a cutting board

Next, sauté the cabbage for 20-25 minutes or until it starts to brown. Keep an eye on it and stir it very regularly to prevent it from burning.

This step is essential to get a nice caramelization that will bring a ton of flavor!

Braised cabbage in a skillet

Finally, add the smoked tofu to the cabbage and stir to combine. Top with a pinch of ground black pepper, chopped parsley, and enjoy!


Can I use purple cabbage for this recipe?

Yes, the flavor will be slightly different, but it will work!

What can I substitute for tofu?

Tempeh would make a great substitute here.

How long does this braised cabbage dish keep?

It will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat gently on the stove.

Braised Cabbage with Smoked Tofu in mini casseroles

This green cabbage dish can be enjoyed alone or with some rice or pasta on the side for a more hearty meal! It’s naturally sweet, super easy to prepare, and so comforting!

Looking for more easy plant-based recipes? Check out this Vegan Tofu Borscht, Easy Vegan Moussaka, or this Cream Cheese & Roasted Pumpkin Toast!

Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!

Braised Cabbage with Smoked Tofu in mini casseroles
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Braised Cabbage with Smoked Tofu

Braised Cabbage with Smoked Tofu

5 from 3 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Green cabbage braised until caramelized, and served with smoky and spicy baked tofu! A quick, nourishing, and flavorful plant-based dish! Just 6 ingredients are required!
Prep Time : 15 minutes
Cook Time : 25 minutes
Total Time : 40 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 334 kcal


Braised Cabbage

  • 1/2 green cabbage shredded (about 12 cups shredded)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 and 1/8 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper to taste

Smoky Tofu


Smoky Tofu

  • Cut the tofu into thick slices of about 2×1-inch and place them in a deep plate or baking dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, oil, ground chili, and liquid smoke. Pour the marinade over the tofu and let it marinate for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the tofu slices to the baking sheet. Reserve the marinade.
  • Bake the tofu for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the tofu slices, brush with the remaining marinade, and bake for another 10 minutes, or until slightly brown.

Braised Cabbage

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the shredded green cabbage and let it boil for 5 minutes. Drain the cabbage and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large and deep skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the shredded cabbage and season with salt. Sauté for 15-20 minutes, or until completely tender. Stir regularly to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the skillet.
  • Once the cabbage is tender, increase the heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring regularly, until the cabbage starts to brown. This step should take about 5-7 minutes. You want the cabbage to brown slightly, this will add a lot of flavors. Taste and adjust saltiness if needed.
  • Add the smoked tofu to the green cabbage and stir to combine. Season with ground black pepper, and serve immediately!
  • This braised cabbage will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat over medium heat.


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 334 kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.3 g | Protein: 15 g | Fat: 20.4 g | Fiber: 9.5 g | Sugar: 18.2 g
Course : Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine : French
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Ahh, Thomas, how did you know that I have a huge head of cabbage in my fridge to use up! 🙂 I will have to try this recipe out this week, I bet it would go nicely with a baked potato too. Thank you!

Thank you so much – I can’t wait to try this!

Hi Thomas, do you think I could do this recipe with leeks? Thanks for all your wonderful recipes.

Could I use red cabbage instead of green?

5 stars
This is absolutely delicious. I just needed to finish off a big half of cabbage and this was the perfect recipe. I’m happy to get cabbage in my organic veg. box but I don’t enjoy it raw in salads. So I’m always on the lookout for good recipes for cooked cabbage that are not soup. And this tofu! boy, it’s delicious. I ate the cabbage and tofu over plain cooked potatoes. Really a great meal. Thanks Thomas.

5 stars
Hi Thomas – this was terrific, thank you! We are moving toward a more plant-based eating regimen, and I had tofu and cabbage on hand, with a brand new bottle of liquid smoke (first time using this condiment, tofu was great!) I added garlic, onions and carrots (for color) to the cabbage. Served it all on boiled, smashed gold potatoes, and a salad of beets, celery and goat cheese. Delish – my partner, said ‘awesome’ and he just finished (so no leftovers). Will check out some of your other recipes, too – thanks again !

Does this ever look good! I agree with the commenter who mentioned the baked potato with it. That would be a wonderful, homey winter meal.

5 stars
An excellent and amazing recipe. I just try it for my family. Everyone loved it. Thank you for sharing.