Charred Cabbage Slaw

The crunchy side for your summer barbecues.

  • Serves

    serves 4-6

  • Cook

    25 minutes


By Chris Shepherd

Updated on August 26, 2021

In this offbeat cabbage slaw from chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits. If you’re looking for a way to balance out all the meaty (or not meaty) things you’re grilling, check out all of our slaw recipes.

What You Will Need


  • 12 cup sugar
  • 14 cup fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. sambal oelek
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 head green cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 red bird’s eye chiles, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 14 head red cabbage, thinly sliced


Step 1

To a small pot over high heat, add the sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, sambal oelek, garlic, and 2 tablespoons water; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, 2–3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium. (Alternatively, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high.) Brush the oil over the green cabbage wedges and season with salt and pepper; grill, turning as needed, until charred all over, 18–20 minutes. Let cool slightly, then core and thinly slice. Transfer to a large bowl, add the reserved dressing, the chiles, onion, and red cabbage, and toss to combine. Transfer the slaw to a platter and serve warm or at room temperature.

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