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The Best Cashew Cabbage Stir Fry

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian


This Asian inspired cashew cabbage stir fry recipe is healthy and delicious, loaded with crunchy cashews and lots of yummy cabbage.  It is reminiscent of the inside of an egg roll, only better, making it the perfect whole food plant based dinner.

* This Cashew Cabbage Stir Fry was adapted from Just A Pinch by Susan Feliciano.


  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced, julienne
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced, julienne
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut julienne
  • 1 bell pepper, cut julienne (red, orange, or yellow)
  • 1 medium green cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1 ½ cups raw cashews
  • 6 Tablespoons tamari *
  • 2 Tablespoons teriyaki sauce *
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon organic maple syrup
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
  • Pinch black pepper (+/-)


  1. Prepare all your veggies. Cut the onion, celery, carrot, and bell pepper into thin julienne slices. Set aside.
  2. Cut the green cabbage into very thin slices. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large enamel/ceramic-lined skillet/Dutch oven (or similarly large pot) on the stovetop and then add onion, celery, carrot, and bell pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes, stir frequently.  (If the vegetables start to stick, add 1 Tablespoon of water).
  4. Add the cabbage, cashews, and sesame seeds and sauté for 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Add all the remaining ingredients and sauté until the cabbage is tender to your liking.
  6. Test the flavors, add more salt and other seasoning as desired. Serve with rice of choice.


*Tenderness of Cabbage: Frequently test the tenderness of the cabbage.  We like our cabbage with just the tiniest bit of crunch.  Done, but not soggy.

*Tamari: We used San J Tamari Soy Sauce, Gluten Free, Reduced Sodium.  You can substitute the tamari with reduced sodium soy sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Braggs Coconut Liquid Aminos. 

*Teriyaki Sauce:  We used Coconut Secret Teriyaki Sauce Coconut Aminos.  It is WFPB.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.