Blackened Napa Cabbage!! Juicy, smoky, with crispy bits and basted in a brown butter soy (or miso!) sesame sauce. The perfect way to get in your greens!!

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Blackened Napa Cabbage

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  • 1/2 Napa cabbage, quartered
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil with a high smoke point

Sesame Soy Brown Butter sauce:

  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 4 tbsp 60g butter
  • 5 (30 ml) tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp sake
  • 4 tbsp mirin
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame oil

Sesame Miso Brown Butter sauce:

  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • 4 tbsp 60g butter
  • 4 tbsp sake
  • 4 tbsp mirin
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp red miso paste


  1. Add butter to a saucepan over medium heat to melt. Once melted add in the garlic and cook, while swirling until browned, and smells toasty and nutty. Immediately remove from the heat and pour into another bowl. Add remaining ingredients (if using miso, use a muddler to dissolve). Taste and adjust to your liking. Remove garlic and set aside.
  2. Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat and add 2 tbsp of oil with a high smoke point. Once hot, add half the cabbage cut side down, and press on it with a spatula or another cast iron pan.
  3. Flip and char the other side. Let cabbage sear without moving until almost burnt.
  4. Turn off the heat and cover with a pan, continuing to let it steam for 5 minutes until soft.
  5. Drain excess oil out of the pan. Add half the sauce to the pan, tilt the pan and baste the top of the cabbage. Cook for another minute. Remove cabbage from the skillet. Repeat with other quarter of the napa cabbage. Serve and enjoy!

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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. Never knew what to do with Napa cabbage. This is one of our regular dishes now! Delicious !

  2. I had a lot of napa cabbage and didn’t know what to do so I tried this one and it was so delicious, really enjoyed this recipe 🙂

  3. This recipe is sooo amazing!
    I love cabbage but it isn’t really a show stopper. But this dish was so delicious I was really shocked. The cabbage becomes super meaty and the miso sauce was perfectly balanced.