A reader contacted me on Twitter and asked what she should do with napa cabbage. She had received a huge head of the crispy greens in her CSA box, and needed some inspiration. I gave her a couple of quick tips on Twitter — add to soup or use it like lettuce to make a wrap — and I told her I’d do a “5 for” post for napa cabbage recipes.


Here’s what I found.


  1. Napa Cabbage Salad – A crunchy salad that adds green onions, almonds, sesame seeds and ramen noodles to the cabbage. An Asian-style dressing gets added at the last minute to keep the crunch.
  2. Mushroom Stir-Fry – Napa cabbage works well in stir-fry because it stays crisp and the edges caramelize a bit. This stir-fry recipe calls for a pound of napa cabbage as well as several others vegetables to be added to mounds of earthy mushrooms.
  3. Cedar-planked Halibut Tacos with Citrus Slaw – Napa cabbage is the base of the slaw that tops these fish tacos.
  4. Thai Grilled Chicken & Broccoli on Napa Cabbage – Chicken marinated in a homemade Asian-style marinade are grilled kabob-style with broccoli and scallions. The grilled chicken and vegetables are placed on top a cabbage salad and garnished with more fresh vegetables.
  5. Rustic Cabbage Soup – This soup recipe calls for regular cabbage, but napa cabbage could certainly be substituted. If it’s getting chilly in your region, this soup — which is made with beans to make it extra hearty and healthy — will warm you up.

If you have a seasonal vegetable or fruit you’ve grabbed at the farmers market or received in your CSA box and you’re not sure what to do with it, ask me on Twitter. I may be able to help.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Seasonal recipes: 5 for napa cabbage
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