Grandmother’s Savory Cabbage Skillet

This comforting cabbage skillet recipe passed down from grandmother combines simple ingredients to create a hearty and flavorful dish that rivals any meat-based meal. It’s a versatile recipe that can serve as a delicious side or a satisfying main course, perfect for any family gathering.


  • 500g cabbage, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Vegetable oil or fat for cooking
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 5 eggs
  • Chives, chopped
  • Parsley, chopped
  • 150g sour cream
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Paprika, to taste
  • Dried parsley, for garnish
  • Grated cheese (optional)


  1. Prepare the Vegetables:
    • In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil or fat over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent. Stir in the grated carrot and continue to cook for a few more minutes until the carrot softens.
  2. Cook the Cabbage:
    • Add the chopped cabbage to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage starts to soften and brown slightly, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and granulated garlic during cooking to enhance the flavors.
  3. Add Tomatoes and Seasonings:
    • Mix in the diced tomatoes, allowing them to cook down and release their juices, which will help to deglaze the pan and incorporate all the flavors. Season with paprika and black pepper to taste.
  4. Prepare the Egg Mixture:
    • In a bowl, beat the eggs with the sour cream until well combined. Add the chopped chives and parsley to the egg mixture, stirring to distribute evenly.
  5. Combine and Cook:
    • Pour the egg and sour cream mixture over the cabbage in the skillet. Stir gently to combine everything. Allow the mixture to cook undisturbed for a few minutes to let the eggs set on the bottom.
  6. Add Cheese and Finish Cooking:
    • If using cheese, sprinkle a generous amount of grated cheese over the top of the cabbage mixture. Cover the skillet with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and let the dish cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until the eggs are fully set and the cheese is melted.
  7. Garnish and Serve:
    • Once cooked, sprinkle dried parsley over the top for additional color and flavor. Serve hot directly from the skillet.


This cabbage skillet recipe is a testament to the simplicity and nourishment of home-cooked meals. The eggs and vegetables meld into a flavorful, comforting dish that’s enhanced by the freshness of herbs and the richness of sour cream and optional cheese. It’s perfect for a cozy night in or as a satisfying meal that brings everyone together. Enjoy the deep flavors and textures that make this dish a beloved family classic.