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Stir fry cabbage recipe
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Japanese stir fry cabbage recipe

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!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Stir fry, Vegetable
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $5


  • 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.