Savory Cabbage Pancakes

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Savor the perfect blend of fresh cabbage, carrots, and onions in these golden Cabbage Fritters, bound together with eggs and a hint of flour. Seasoned with spices and fried to perfection, they’re a versatile side or appetizer that’s sure to please everyone!

Growing up, cabbage was the unsung hero of our family kitchen, often overshadowed by more glamorous vegetables. That all changed one rainy afternoon when my mother decided to transform the humble cabbage into something magical. As she mixed the shredded vegetable with carrots, onions, and a melody of spices, the kitchen was filled with an aroma that promised something special. The first bite of the crispy, golden fritters was a revelation – a crispy outside with a tender, flavorful inside. This recipe became not just a way to appreciate cabbage but a reminder of that cozy afternoon spent cooking with my mother, laughing and creating memories. Now, every time I make these fritters, it’s a tribute to her creativity and the joy of simple ingredients coming together to create something extraordinary.

What makes this Savory Cabbage Pancakes special?

  • Nutrient-Rich Ingredients: Combining cabbage, carrots, and onions not only adds a burst of flavor but also packs these fritters with vitamins and minerals.
  • Customizable and Versatile: Serve them as a savory snack, a delightful appetizer, or a unique side dish. Plus, easily adapt the spices and seasonings to match your taste or the occasion.
  • Family-Friendly: A hit with both adults and kids, making them a perfect addition to any meal, ensuring everyone enjoys their veggies.
  • Diet-Friendly Options: With notes for gluten-free or grain-free adaptations, these fritters can fit into various dietary preferences.
  • Frying Flexibility: Whether you choose ghee or your favorite heat-resistant oil, you have the option to fry these fritters to your preference, ensuring a crispy exterior every time.

What do you need to make this Cabbage Pancakes special:

  • Cabbage: The star of the show, providing a subtle sweetness and lots of fiber.
  • Carrots and Onions: These add a hint of sweetness and texture, enriching the fritters’ overall flavor profile.
  • Eggs: Act as the perfect binder, keeping all the ingredients together for that perfect fritter consistency.
  • Flour: A little goes a long way in adding body to the batter. Gluten-free and grain-free options are available for those with dietary restrictions.
  • Seasonings: A simple yet effective combination of sea salt, black pepper, paprika, and optional coriander elevates the fritters with warmth and depth.
  • Frying Fat: Choice of ghee or oil lets you adapt the recipe to your dietary needs and flavor preferences.

Steps to make this Cabbage Pancakes

First, you’ll want to prepare your veggies – shredding the cabbage finely for uniform texture, slicing the onions for a bit of bite, grating carrots for sweetness, and mincing garlic for a flavor kick. The secret to these fritters’ success lies in the gentle mixing of these prepared ingredients with the eggs, ensuring everything is lightly coated but not overly manipulated to avoid drawing out too much moisture. Once your batter resembles a hopeful slaw, heat your skillet with your choice of fat, shaping and frying each fritter until golden and crispy. This method ensures each bite is a perfect blend of crispy exterior with a tender, flavorful interior.

Storage Options

These cabbage fritters are best enjoyed fresh, but if you find yourself with leftovers, they store remarkably well. Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply pop them in the oven or on a pan to bring back their crispy texture. For longer storage, freeze the fritters on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer bag, allowing you to savor them for up to a month.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Gluten-Free/Grain-Free Flour: Easily swap in your preferred gluten-free or grain-free flour to cater to dietary needs without sacrificing texture.
  • Spices: Feel free to play with the spices based on your palate. Add cumin for a smoky twist, or chili powder for a kick.
  • Vegetables: Though cabbage is the hero, adding shredded zucchini or swapping onions for leeks can offer a fresh take.
  • Dairy-Free: For a dairy-free version, ensure your frying fat is plant-based, like avocado oil or a vegan butter alternative.
  • Baking Option: For a lighter version, bake the fritters instead of frying. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake at 400°F until crispy and golden.

With these tips and tricks, you’re all set to bring the humble cabbage into the spotlight, turning it into a dish that’s as delicious as it is nourishing.

Cabbage Fritters

Savor the perfect blend of fresh cabbage, carrots, and onions in these golden Cabbage Fritters, bound together with eggs and a hint of flour. Seasoned with spices and fried to perfection, they're a versatile side or appetizer that's sure to please everyone!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 17


- Cabbage Fritter Batter:

  • - 16 ounces of cabbage shredded
  • - 2 medium-small carrots grated
  • - 2-3 scallions or 1 regular onion, thinly sliced
  • - 3 large eggs
  • - 4-5 tablespoons flour see notes for alternatives
  • - 2 cloves garlic minced


  • - 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • - 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • - 1/2 teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika
  • - 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander optional
  • - 3-4 tablespoons fat for frying ghee or oil of your choice


  • - Utilize a mandoline slicer to shred the cabbage finely, ensuring uniformity in the shreds. A quantity of 16 ounces, approximately 7 packed cups or about 1/3 of a medium head of cabbage, is required.
  • - Employ a box grater to grate the carrots and to mince the garlic. Alternatively, the finer side of the box grater may be utilized for the garlic.
  • - Thinly slice 2-3 scallions or a regular onion, according to preference.
  • - In a considerable bowl, combine all the prepared ingredients. It is advisable to toss lightly to ensure an even coating with the egg, utilizing hands if preferred. It is imperative not to apply excessive force during the mixing to avoid drawing too much water from the cabbage.
  • - It is to be noted that initially, the cabbage mixture may present itself resembling a slaw, with an appearance seemingly ill-suited for cohesion; however, assurance is provided that the mixture will adhere upon frying.
  • - Preheat a non-stick skillet (a 10-inch ceramic-coated skillet is recommended) on medium-low heat (setting approximately at 3 on most stovetops) for about 3 minutes.
  • - Introduce the chosen frying fat into the skillet, allowing it to heat for approximately 1 minute. The use of ghee is suggested, though alternative healthier, heat-resistant oils such as avocado or grape-seed oil are also suitable.
  • - Form a ball with the mixture using hands and place it in the heated skillet. Proceed to flatten the ball using a spatula or hands (while arranging the sides), aiming for thinner fritters to ensure thorough cooking internally.
  • - Each side should be fried for 3 minutes, or until the surface achieves a golden-brown and crispy appearance. Continue with the remainder of the fritter mixture, adding additional oil or ghee as necessary. The fritters may be served either warm or cold.
  • This formalized version of the recipe instructions and ingredients aims to provide clarity and precision in the preparation of Cabbage Fritters, ensuring an enjoyable cooking experience and a delightful culinary outcome.
Keyword Cabbage Fritters

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