In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Fry cabbage with leftover stew pork.

fry cabbage with rotiLooking back at the difficult time we (brother and sisters) gave my mom due to the food she would prepare for us, I was overcome with a terrible sense of guilt. There were times we would refuse to eat even though she was making the most of what’s available, as well as trying to make stuff for us that were healthy. Full circle? We go through the same thing with our daughters, but we have influences like McDonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King and the other fast food joints all over this city that my mom didn’t have to compete with.

Cabbage was of those things which I would refuse to eat when I was younger (there are a few I’ve already mentioned on this blog), unless it was in chow mein. But I find myself drawn to it the past few years. Here’s a dish that was passed down to me by my grandmother who recently celebrated her 94th birthday. Instead of using pork, she would use left over stew chicken or salted cod to flavour it, since I don’t think she’s ever had pork in her life.

You’ll Need…

1/2 of a medium cabbage shredded
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 medium onion sliced
2 cloves garlic sliced thin
1/4 habanero pepper sliced thin (pepper is optional, but adds a great flavour – feel free to use any hot pepper you like)
leftover stew pork
2 tablespoons olive oil

Note: if you don’t eat pork , you can always use leftover stew beef or chicken and salted cod is also a very tasty alternative. You can also check out the recipe I posted before for cabbage with corned beef. If you’d like to have the recipe with the salted cod, leave me a comment and I’ll post it for you. Vegetarians, you can leave out meat completely from this dish and it’s still excellent.

Start by slicing the onion, garlic and hot peppers very thin. Then in a large saucepan, heat the oil and add the onion, garlic and pepper. Allow this cook for a few minutes while you prepare the cabbage.

cooking fry cabbage

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cabbage recipe

Allow the onions etc to cook for about 5 minutes on medium to low heat. The idea is to soften it to release it’s sugars and flavours. The next step is to add the shredded cabbage (I think it was about 5 cups or so) and stir gently. The pot will seem crowded and stirring will be a bit difficult, but it will reduce as it cooks. DON’T cover the pot or risk having a lot of liquid forming and making the dish soggy.

trini fry cabbage

trinidad fry cabbage

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trinidad fry cabbage recipe

Allow this to cook for about 15-20 minutes (medium to low heat) or until the cabbage is cooked though to the texture you like. Then add in the pieces of stew pork (chicken or beef) and stir. Allow this to cook for another 3-5 minutes or until the pork is heated through if you had it in the fridge.

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fry cabbage with pork

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stew pork and fry cabbage

fry cabbage with roti

You won’t believe how tasty this cabbage dish is until you’ve tried it. I was fortunate to have some roti to eat this with, but it’s just as good with rice, ground provision, in a sandwich or as an everyday side dish.

TIP! Since I’ve confessed before that I can’t make roti, when my mom is in town we get her to make up a batch for us (buss up shut) and I freeze them in individual portions in zip lock freezer bags. Now don’t get me wrong, nothing beats fresh made roti, but when you reheat these it’s very close to the fresh stuff. So the next time you have someone over who can make roti, have them make you a batch and freeze them for times like this or go to your local Caribbean restaurant and get a batch to freeze. The only other tip I can give you is when heating in the microwave, don’t set the time for too long. Give it a 45 second blast, allow it to stop.. then hit it again for another 45 seconds. For some reason it it goes continuous, it ends up being a bit soggy. If you’re heating sada roti, I would recommend that you wrap it in paper towels or a tea cloth when reheating to avoid it going sorry.

Did you know that you can also freeze and reheat doubles? YUP! The closest joint that sells doubles in 1 hr away in Toronto. So when we drive down to visit my sister or go shopping we usually get several batches that we freeze.

FINAL TIP! When putting the roti or doubles into freezer bags to freeze, try your best to squeeze out any excess air from the bag as you seal it. If you have one of those “seal a meal” gadgets, take full advantage of it.

Leave me your comments below¬† and…

Happy Cooking!

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  1. June 25, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    Awesome. Thank you.

  2. Maureen
    May 15, 2016 / 5:39 pm


    Please send me the recipe with the salted cod with cabbage

    Thank you


  3. Barbara Schoenberger
    November 14, 2015 / 8:54 am


  4. Dani
    August 9, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    Curious…where do you go in Toronto for doubles?

    I always go to Drupati’s in Scarborough, but since moving to Guyana I’ve realized that they don’t even COMPARE to the ones I get here.

    Loving your blog, been using it as a great way to explore all the foods I find here and build up my skills! Thank you so much!

    • admin
      August 10, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      Drupatis (North York) and her sisters place/s Mississauga and Brampton.

  5. Donna Taylor
    September 19, 2014 / 8:01 am

    I Donna try the cabbage recipe. Thank you Chris for all the
    recipe. God Bless You
    Donna Taylor

  6. irene
    August 12, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    thanks chris for ur many recipes

  7. barbara
    March 14, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    Chris, I am brand new to your website and love it already! I am interested in the cabbage and salted codfish recipe if you could provide it please! It was searching for ackee and saltfish that lead me to your site…..Thanks much.

  8. vanecia
    August 30, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    Hey, I love the recipe for the fried cabbage and pork stew, but I want to try it with the salted cod. Please post that recipe for me. Thanks

  9. sumabreez777
    February 9, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    I love, love, love cabbage. Just a thought… if the bags of fresh coleslaw mix can be used in this recipe?

  10. Rhona
    January 2, 2013 / 6:07 pm

    Your recipes are so easy to follow,I post them to my children who thank me so much. Have tried the cabbage recipe,and it taste so go.
    Thanks ,and keep up the good work.

  11. julia
    September 12, 2012 / 10:23 pm

    i just love the way you explain and make everything so fast and easy. Love those receipes you can definitely save some marriages

  12. Anemone
    February 6, 2012 / 1:47 am

    Hi Chris. I really wanna thank you for all your recipes. I live in Etobicoke. I am 20 and I am now learning to cook trini style food. Well

  13. January 24, 2012 / 7:10 am

    Chris this fry cabbage and pork looks great. I will certainly try this one Thank you.

  14. claudette
    November 24, 2011 / 9:14 pm

    This is a must try, love the combination. Thank you.

  15. Pamela
    August 29, 2010 / 1:27 pm

    This recipe is to die for. I love cabbage prepared this way…..Thanks Chris, and keep up the good work…….

  16. martha
    April 5, 2010 / 2:15 am

    Cris i love cooking cabbage an salted codfish i think this is great

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