Sesame-Braised Cabbage with Leeks

  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins

Gentle and soothing, this lovely dish is more complex and satisfying than you might expect.


1tablespoon unsalted butter
4cups sliced leeks (white and pale green parts only)
1/4teaspoon salt
4cups green cabbage, cut into 1-inch squares
2tablespoons water
-- Freshly ground black pepper
-- Chinese-style dark sesame oil- optional
-- Toasted sesame seeds-optional


  1. Melt butter in Dutch oven or large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add cabbage and stir to combine. Add water; cover, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Season with black pepper and more salt if needed. Serve hot or warm, drizzled with a tiny bit of dark sesame oil and topped with a generous sprinkling of lightly toasted sesame seed.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Mollie Katzen, The Vegetable Dishes I Can’t Live Without (Hyperion, 2007).

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 110
  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Fat 3.5g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 10mg
  • Sodium 190mg
  • Potassium 460mg
  • Carbohydrate 19g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 4g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 240%
  • Vitamin C 150%
  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 15%