Easy and Delicious Zambian Cabbage Recipe

Cabbage is one of the popular vegetable side dishes that can be eaten with nshima in Zambia. It is often cooked like a stir-fry made with cooking oil, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions. This easy and delicious recipe is a perfect accompaniment for any protein that goes with nshima. Here is a popular Zambian cabbage recipe.

How to Cook Zambian Cabbage Recipe


  • 1 or ½ head of cabbage, chopped (depending on how big it is)
  • 1-2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4-5 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat the cooking oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they are translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and green pepper to the pan and stir well.
  4. Let them cook for a few minutes until they are softened.
  5. Add the chopped cabbage to the pan and stir well to combine with the tomatoes and onions and peppers.
  6. Season with salt.
  7. Cover the pan and let the cabbage cook for 5-10 minutes until it is wilted and tender.
  8. Remove the lid and stir the cabbage stir fry again to ensure it is well mixed and cooked through.
  9. Serve as a side dish with nshima or rice and any protein dish such as beef stew.

This cabbage stir fry recipe is easy to make and can be prepared in under 30 minutes.

It is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a weekend lunch.

The combination of cabbage, tomatoes, green peppers, and onions creates a flavorful and nutritious dish.

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To add more flavor and nutrition, you can also throw in some carrot and other peppers such as yellow and red peppers.

Zambian cabbage recipe is a simple and delicious way to experience the flavors of Zambian cuisine.

With just a few ingredients and minimal preparation time, this dish is perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends served with nshima or rice.