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Grilled Cabbage

Grilled cabbage on the barbeque – an unlikely dish? We don’t think so! Grilled cabbage over the coals is sweet, tender, smoky and utterly delicious, and makes the perfect side dish for your next get-together. 

gochujang grilled cabbage

Hands up if you love cooking on the barbeque, grill or braai! Whatever you call it, it’s a surefire way to add flavour and complexity to a dish. Generally, when you think about cooking over coals, you’re going to think about meat no? Well, in the case of this dish, we’re taking that expectation and turning it on its head because this dish is all about the cabbage, baby! 

Cabbage is having a bit of a renaissance at the moment. Long considered a rather un-sexy vegetable, its versatility, flavour and deliciousness have too long gone under-appreciated. Well, I say no more! Cabbage cooked over the coals epitomises everything delicious about cabbage. It’s tender, it’s smoky, and it’s butter-basted into flavoursome submission. 

To make this yummy side dish, all you need is 5 simple ingredients. You’ll also need a grill, barbeque or Weber braai with a lid. This recipe also could not be simpler to follow! You’ll lightly grill the cabbage over the coals then cook it with the lid on. Keep basting all the while with the gochujang and butter mix to lock in the flavour and add caramelisation. The cabbage cooks quickly over the coals, needing only 10-15 minutes in total. Cook times will of course depend on the heat of the coals and the size of your grill, so just watch closely during the cook.

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gochujang grilled cabbage

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of cabbage makes the ideal grilled cabbage?

We’ve used Savoy cabbages here, which are smaller and finer in texture. Feel free to use whichever cabbage you have available to you. 

I can’t find gochujang, what else can I use?

If you aren’t able to find gochujang, you can try substituting it with another bean paste such as miso, and add some chilli. You can also substitute gochujang for sri racha sauce, or your favourite chilli sauce. 


gochujang grilled cabbage
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gochujang grilled cabbage

Grilled Cabbage

  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 - 3 Servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Grilled cabbage on the barbeque – an unlikely dish? We don’t think so! Grilled cabbage over the coals is sweet, tender, smoky and utterly delicious, and makes the perfect side dish for your next get-together. 


  • 2 small Savoy cabbages, or 1 large cabbage.
  • 60g butter or plant based butter
  • 1 Tbsp gochujang paste
  • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped (medium heat, e.g. birds eye chilli)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • Lime & fresh coriander to serve (optional)


  1. Light the coals on your grill or barbeque and allow to come to medium temperature. The coals are perfect when you can hold your hand 10cm above the grill for 10 seconds.
  2. Mix the butter, gochujang, red chilli and garlic.
  3. Cut the cabbage into quarters or eighths, depending on how large your cabbages are. Cut the cabbages through the base, to keep the cabbage slices whole on the grill.
  4. Baste the uncooked cabbage with the chilli butter mixture and grill the cabbage on each side over the coals. Once lightly grilled, move the cabbage slices to the side, away from the direct heat of the coals. Cover your grill with the lid and allow the cabbage to cook until softened through and tender, about 5-10 minutes. Baste the cabbage throughout the cooking process, reserving some butter for serving.
  5. Once ready to serve, melt the reserved butter in the microwave, then smear onto serving plates and top with the grilled cabbage. Finish with a squeeze of lime and fresh coriander if desired.
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Barbeque
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 333.67kcal
  • Sugar: 11.07g
  • Sodium: 152.31mg
  • Fat: 24.88g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.22g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8.17g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.39g
  • Fiber: 11.25g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 64.5mg

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