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Fennel Cabbage Skillet

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-35 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes (+Rest Time)
  • Yield: 7.5 Cups 1x
  • Category: Main, Side
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Vegan


Feel-good, wholesome, and comforting, this oil free Fennel Cabbage Skillet makes for a delicious meal or side that is sure to please.



Base Ingredients:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, fine dice
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 8 to 9 cups sliced green cabbage *
  • 2 to 2 ½ cups thinly sliced fennel, stems and fronds removed *
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth *
  • 1 – [ 15 oz. can ] Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed *

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground fennel seeds (powder) *
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper (+/-)
  • Pinch to ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 

Optional Ingredients:

Optional Toppings/Serving Ideas:

  • Fennel fronds
  • Serve over steamed rice


  1. Prepare all the veggies (onion, carrot, red bell pepper, garlic, cabbage, fennel), set aside.
  2. Place the Spice/Herb Ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, add the diced yellow onions, grated carrot, and diced red bell pepper, sauté over medium-high heat until the onions, carrots, and red bell peppers are nearly tender, approximately 7 to 9 minutes, stirring periodically to prevent burning. Add a tablespoon or so of water if they start to stick and/or to prevent burning.
  4. Add the minced garlic and tomato paste, sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the sliced cabbage, sliced fennel, water, vegetable broth, and the Spice/Herb Mix, stir. Increase the heat, then cover with a tightly fitting lid and allow to come to a high boil, then immediately lower to a simmer.
  6. Simmer the cabbage mixture until tender, approximately 8 to 15 minutes, largely dependent upon how tender you enjoy your cabbage.
  7. Add the beans, mix thoroughly and simmer to heat through, approximately 3 minutes, then remove from the stove to cool off.
  8. Allow to cool, with the lid cover on for 10 minutes to allow the flavor to develop.
  9. Stir, serve with fresh fennel frons and/or Vegan Parmesan Cheese.


*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.

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

*Serving:  Serves 4 – Makes 7 ½ cups