Nick Cobarruvias draws on his Mexican heritage for his menu at San Francisco's Otra, layering complex flavor combinations into dishes like this crisp-tender cabbage salad. At the restaurant, he seasons the charred cabbage with the chile-lime butter, which is mildly spicy from árbol chiles and bright from lime zest. The pecan dukkah adds earthiness from the cumin and pops of citrus from the coriander, plus a lovely nutty flavor and texture from the toasted pecans and sesame seeds.


Credit: Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Ruth Blackburn / Prop Styling by Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

1 hr
45 mins


Pecan Dukkah
Chile-Lime Butter
 Charred Cabbage Salad


Prepare the Pecan Dukkah:
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Spread pecans, sesame seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven until lightly toasted and fragrant, 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely, about 15 minutes. Transfer mixture to a food processor; pulse until pecans are finely chopped, 8 to 10 pulses. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in salt and Aleppo. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 weeks.

Prepare the Chile-Lime Butter:
  • Place chiles and cumin seeds in a spice grinder; process until mixture resembles a fine powder, about 30 seconds. Transfer to bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment; add butter, lime zest and juice, salt, garlic, smoked paprika, and black pepper. Beat mixture on medium-high speed until butter is light and creamy, 1 minute to 1 minute, 30 seconds. Transfer to an airtight container; store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.3.

Prepare the Charred Cabbage Salad:
  • Place Chile-Lime Butter and lime juice in a large bowl, and set aside. Preheat grill to high (450°F to 500°F). Toss together cabbage leaves, oil, salt, and black pepper in a separate large bowl until leaves are evenly coated. Working in batches if needed, arrange leaves on oiled grates; grill, uncovered and flipping often, until leaves are charred in spots, 2 to 5 minutes . Do not let leaves catch on fire; flip leaves often and rotate leaves over grill as needed. Add charred leaves to Chile-Lime Butter mixture in large bowl; gently toss until butter is melted and leaves are evenly coated, about 1 minute. Season with additional salt and black pepper to taste. Transfer leaves to a large plate; sprinkle with Pecan Dukkah and fresh herbs. Serve warm.