Japanese Stir Fry Cabbage Recipe | Make it with these 9 ingredients

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  June 2, 2020

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Stir fry vegetables, also known as Yasai Itame, is a popular dish prepared in many Japanese homes.

However, most people don’t follow a recipe while preparing yasai itame. Mostly, they just get into their refrigerator and search for any vegetables that they can use.

However, it’s important to note that there is a completely different type of Japanese yasai itame, which is served in different restaurants.

Stir fry cabbage recipe

This recipe includes different seasonings, like oyster oil as well as other flavorings.

Although this is one of the best yasai itame recipes, it’s a bit more intricate than what you cook at home. This post will assist you to know how to prepare this recipe right from scratch.

The typical vegetables that you need for this recipe include cabbage, bean sprouts, and onions. Additionally, you will also need you can add any seasoning you want.

Mostly, some chefs prefer using pork in this dish. However, you can choose to use chicken, beef, or shrimp if you don’t have pork.

If you want to enjoy the crispiness of this recipe and prevent water from leaking out of the vegetables, then you should cook very fast at high heat.

This recipe doesn’t require much of your time, and it can be a great option for your weekend dinner. In addition, it can also be a great side dish, but you can also use it as a main dish when you add some extra meat.

Why should you consider preparing this dish?

This is one oldest Japanese dishes and its common in many homes. You will not be surprised to see it being served as lunch or dinner set in different Japanese restaurants.

Although many people have underrated this dish, there are numerous reasons why you should consider preparing it at your home. Some of these reasons include:

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Stir fry cabbage recipe

Japanese stir fry cabbage recipe

Joost Nusselder
Yasai Itame, or stir fry vegetables, is a popular dish prepared in many Japanese homes. And this cabbage recipe is so easy to make too!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people


  • Wok pan


  • 6 ½ ounces thinly sliced pork you can skip this for a vegetarian dish, or add some tofu instead
  • 1 ounce snow peas
  • ½ onion sliced
  • ½ cabbage
  • ½ carrot
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 cups bean sprouts

Pork marinade (optional if using pork or would be great for tofu as well)

  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sake


  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce you can skip this for vegan/ vegetarian variant
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • black pepper freshly ground to taste
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


  • Cut your meat into thin slices, if necessary, and then marinade it with 1 tsp of sake and 2 tsp of soy sauce in a small bowl.
  • Slice your onion into small pieces, and then remove the strings in the snow peas.
  • Cut your cabbage into 1-inch pieces.
  • Cut your carrot into 2-inch pieces.
  • Mince or crush the garlic and then mince the ginger.
  • Now, in a large wok or frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the canola or other vegetable oil, and make sure that the heat is on medium-high settings. Once the oil is hot, add the ginger and garlic until you can smell the fragrances.
  • Now, add the meat, and continue to cook until it’s around 80% cooked. Otherwise, you can opt to cook the meat until it’s not pink, and then remove it. You should add it again once all the vegetables are cooked. This is very important as it prevents the meat from being overcooked.
  • Next, add the onions, and stir fry them until nearly tender, and then add your carrot. In case you want to add other types of veggies not included in this recipe, always start by adding the tougher and thicker veggies first since they require more time to cook.
  • Once your carrot starts to get tender, it’s time to add the snow peas and the cabbage. Continue toss and stir the ingredients.
  • Now, add the bean sprouts and add the soy sauce and oyster sauce and then toss one more time.
  • Lastly, add the freshly ground black pepper, maybe some salt after tasting, and then sprinkle 1-2 tsp of sesame oil.
  • Serve while hot with miso soup and rice to make it even more fantastic.
Keyword Stir fry, Vegetable
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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.