An addictive spicy sauce that gets its "kick" from gochujang dresses up Grilled Cabbage Wedges with a Korean Glaze... This grilled cabbage is anything but bland, and super easy to make!
Do you get excited about cabbage? I must confess to a struggle to work up enthusiasm for this pale, bland-tasting vegetable.
In that spirit, I set about creating a simple cabbage side dish that would be anything-but-bland. Grilled Cabbage Wedges with a Korean Glaze pairs perfectly with teriyaki chicken thighs or grilled pork chops.
Prior to working on this recipe, I had never even considered grilling cabbage, but why not? A little char adds complexity and flavor to so many simple foods.
My first attempt at grilling the cabbage involved cutting it in wedges, and grilling it raw with a sauce that was quite a bit thicker than the one that made the cut and ended up in the recipe. The cabbage didn't get tender, and the sauce kind of just sat on the top. However, we did love the flavors, so I refined the recipe.
The key to crisp-tender results is to lightly steam the wedges prior to grilling them. For the most part, they hang together (if they're handled carefully). The loosened-up consistency allowed the glaze to drip into the cabbage wedges, and more of that spicy umami-rich gochujang glaze equals more flavor!
I may still make corned beef, cabbage, and colcannon, but having a new (and more flavorful) way to prepare it is always a good thing.
Feature Ingredient: Cabbage
- Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable (broccoli, kale) not a lettuce.
- The sulforaphane found in cabbage may help protect against cancer.
- A compound in cabbage may offer protection against radiation.
- In fermented form (kimchi and sauerkraut), cabbage has benefits that range from boosting immunity, to fighting inflammation, to preventing constipation.
- Cabbage is low in calories and carbohydrates, and contains good amounts of several important nutrients.
Take away? A varied diet is a healthy diet. Learning to love (and eat more) cabbage is good for you... What do you say?