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Cabbage With Pork- Romanian Recipe

Cabbage with pork- Romanian Recipe is a dish that can you can make all year round. Cooked on the stove and finished in the oven, this dish is a delicious one that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Cabbage with pork in a colorful plate with bread on the side and hot peppers

Cabbage With Pork cooked on the stove and finished in the oven

Cabbage with pork is a recipe I grew up with. Cabbage is a very popular vegetable in Romania and it is used all year round.

In the winter, we preserve the cabbage in brine and use it for stuffed cabbage rolls, but in the summer we make salads or simply cook it with meats.

We also make stuffed cabbage rolls, using the blanched cabbage leaves. Cabbage goes really well with pork and my favorite way to make it is with smoked pork.

Any part of the pork works, so use what you like. If you like the meat with a little bit of fat on it, like a pork shoulder, for example, then use that. For this recipe, ham is good too.

How To Make The Cabbage With Pork:

Step 1. Start by preheating the oven to 350F.

We will finish the dish in the oven after we start it  on the stove-top.

Make sure you use an oven-safe pot/pan since you will use it on both surfaces. My grandmother used lard for this dish, so if you are brave enough and lard doesn’t scare you, feel free to use it. It is delicious.

Step 2. Brown meat and onions.

Heat the oil or lard in a large pan, on medium heat. Add the bite-size chopped meat and brown it on all sides. Chop the onion and add it to the meat. Sauté the onion until it becomes translucent.

Pork ham and onions cooking together in a pan with wooden spoon

Step 3. Cook the cabbage.

Add the shredded cabbage and stir well. Cabbage contains lots of water and takes a lot of space at the beginning of the cooking process. Therefore you need a big pan.

Shredded cabbage in the pan cooking

After the cabbage loses some volume add a little bit of water and tomato sauce or tomato paste. 

Sweet Cabbage cooking in the pan with tomato sauce

Also, add thyme and bay leaves. Then, add salt and pepper to taste.

cabbage cooking with pork tomato sauce and spices

Allow it to simmer for 10 minutes until the ingredients get friendly with each other.

Sweet Cabbage With Pork cooking with tomato sauce

Step 4. Place the pan in the oven.

Place the pan in the oven and forget about it for about 45 minutes to an hour. The goal is to reduce the liquid in the pan and also caramelize the cabbage a little bit.

Sweet Cabbage With Pork out of the oven

It will make your house smell so good, and if your family is anything like mine, you will see them emerge from their respective rooms, wandering around the oven, trying to see what you are cooking.

Step 5. Serve.

Serve it with crusty bread, hot peppers if you like, and some sour cream. My family LOVES putting sour cream on it because it gives more of a creamy and sour flavor.

Sweet Cabbage With Pork on plate with hot peppers and bread on the side

It does feed a crowd. We always make more because we love to pack the leftovers for work the next day. It is perfect for a Sunday meal in the family!

Nothing better than cabbage with pork, and if you use some smoked meat, like ham, you will really fall in love with it!


Sweet Cabbage With Pork served on a colorful plate- close up

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If you like cabbage, you might like also this recipe of Cabbage Puff Pastry Triangles.

Yield: 6 servings

Cabbage With Pork

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Cabbage with Pork- Romanian Recipe is a dish that you can make year-round. Cooked on the stove and finished in the oven, this dish is a delicious one that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours


  • 1 pound cubed pork meat
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 medium cabbage shredded
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil or lard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat the oil or the lard in an oven-safe pan on the stovetop, medium heat.
  3. Add the cubed pork meat and brown it on all sides.
  4. Chop the onion and add it to the pan. Saute it until translucent, stirring frequently.
  5. Add the shredded cabbage and stir well. Add a pinch of salt.
  6. After the cabbage loses some of its volume, add a little water, tomato sauce, thyme, and bay leaves.
  7. Add salt and pepper to your taste.
  8. Allow it to simmer on medium heat on the stove for about 10 minutes until the ingredients get friendly with each other.
  9. Place the pan inside the oven and bake at 350F for 45-60 minutes. Do not cover it.
  10. Remove when the sauce is reduced to half, and the cabbage is caramelized on top.
  11. Serve it with crusty bread, with sour cream on top and hot peppers, if you like them.


Pork meat: Use pork shoulder, sirloin, or any cut you like to make a stew.

Serve with crusty bread, sour cream, hot peppers.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 157mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 21g

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