These Air Fryer Cabbage Steaks are an amazing vegetarian main or side dish. They brown up beautifully in the air fryer with just a small amount of oil.

a plated cabbage steak next to an air fryer with another cabbage steak in it.

Recipe Overview

Making cabbage in the air fryer is super simple. Minimal prep, only a few ingredients, and you’re ready to eat in just a few minutes.

I love making easy vegetable recipes in my air fryer. You should try Air Fryer Asparagus or Air Fryer Green Beans too. The Air Fryer isn’t only for meats and frozen food.

Making vegetables in the air fryer is very similar to roasting them in a hot oven.

The benefit of roasting veggies like cabbage in the air fryer is that they are ready in half the time. The vented basket of the air fryer allows the liquid from the vegetables to drip away, aiding in that delicious browning that you see.

List of ingredients

  • Cabbage – Regular, inexpensive green cabbage is perfect for this recipe. You could use a purple cabbage as well.
  • Oil – I like Oil in a spray bottle when I’m using my air fryer. If you don’t have a spray bottle, use a brush to oil your cabbage.
  • Salt – Season the Cabbage to your own taste.
  • Pepper – Goes with the salt for this very simply seasoned cabbage.

How to air fry cabbage

photo collage of four steps for making air fryer cabbage
  1. Slice the head of cabbage into thick slices, about 1/2- 3/4 inches thick.
  2. Spray the cabbage slices with oil (I like avocado oil), then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Air Fry the cabbage slices at 370F/188C for 8-10 minutes No need to flip it!
  4. Check on your cabbage and add more time if needed. Remove from air fryer and enjoy.

What to serve with cabbage

a white plate full of crispy green cabbage

The great thing about cabbage is that it’s very versatile. You can serve cabbage as a side dish with just about any meat dish. Or you can serve the cabbage as the main dish and serve other vegetarian sides!

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that I’d eat with this cabbage recipe.

Air Fryer Meatloaf can be made with or without actual meat and goes really well with cabbage.

Air Fryer Brats and cabbage would be a perfect match. Many traditional cabbage dishes include sausage of some kind.

I’d also enjoy this cabbage with Air Fryer Sticky Ginger Chicken.

Recipe tips

cabbage steak inside of a square air fryer basket
  • Pay attention to how thick you cut the slices of cabbage. If they are too thick, they may not cook all the way through before getting too brown.
  • Most air fryer baskets will only fit 1 cabbage steak at a time. You’ll need to do a couple of batches to cook a whole cabbage.
  • You can adjust the time on this recipe depending on how crispy or not crispy you like your cabbage.

seasoning suggestions

closeup view of a round cabbage slice in an air fryer basket.

I’ve intentionally left this recipe very plainly seasoned so that you can add your own flavorful spin to it.

Here are some suggestions for seasoning:

  • Cajun Seasoning – The little bit of heat in this spice blend would be delicious with roasted cabbage
  • Steak Seasoning – Make your cabbage steak taste like a real steak!
  • Garlic Powder and Parmesan Cheese – The cheese will melt and also crisp on top of the cabbage, making a delicious crust.

Air Fryer Cabbage

Air Fryer Cabbage Steaks are an amazing vegetarian main or side dish. They brown up beautifully in the air fryer with just a small amount of oil.
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 57kcal



  • 1 Head Cabbage
  • Spray Oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  • Slice the head of cabbage into ½-¾ inch thick steak slices.
  • Spray the cabbage steaks with some oil (I like avocado), then season with salt and pepper.
  • Air Fry the cabbage slices at 370F/188C for 8-10 minutes. (Do not flip cabbage)
  • Check on cabbage, add more time if you need it crispier. Remove from air fryer and enjoy.
  • Repeat this process for remaining cabbage slices.


  • Cook time will vary based upon the thickness of your cabbage steaks and also how crispy you want your cabbage to be. 
  • Pro Tip: This recipe can be made in the air fryer unit with a basket or the air fryer oven. If you are using the air fryer oven, use the middle rack and select the “Air Fry” function.


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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Air Fryers can vary greatly. Please take the time to learn your specific air fryer. You may need to adjust times and temperatures based upon your air fryer. All though this website attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, the information should only be considered an estimate. Varying factors such as different product types, different brands, etc. can change nutritional information. It is your responsibility as a consumer to read all labels to make sure the ingredients fit your dietary needs as well as calculate your own nutritional information as a double check.
air fryer basket with a browned cabbage steak inside.

One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I wasn’t sure I’d like this but I did!! I was hoping that it would taste similar to grilled cabbage and I felt like it was close! Will make again

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