Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage with Spicy Garlic Dressing


Serve this quick sauté with grilled pork chops, steak, or fish and plenty of steamed rice to soak up the garlicky sauce.

Total Time:
15 mins


  • 4 cloves garlic—two chopped and two minced

  • Kosher salt

  • 4 scallions, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 teaspoon gochugaru

  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • One 1 1/2-pound head Napa cabbage, thinly sliced

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, toasted


  1. Mince and mash the chopped garlic to a paste with a pinch of salt. Stir together the scallions, minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, water, gochugaru and sugar together in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add the cabbage, season with a pinch of salt, and stir-fry, using tongs to stir, until the cabbage is just wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour the dressing over the cabbage and toss gently to combine. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.

    Stir-Fried Napa Cabbage with Spicy Garlic Dressing
    © Guy Ambrosino

Make Ahead

The sauce can be made 2 hours ahead and kept at room temperature.


Korean hot red-pepper flakes are available at Korean markets. Store any leftover flakes, tightly sealed, in the freezer.

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