Tsukemono- Japanese Cabbage Salad

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

You know that yummy cabbage salad they serve you at some Japanese restaurants before you get your miso soup and your food? Well here is the recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut cabbage into thin strips (about the width of fettucini noodles) and place into a large bowl.
  2. Boil remaining ingredients in a small pot.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and pour over cabbage.
  4. Mix (using tongs) cabbage and vinegar mixture for about 2 minutes.
  5. Drain vinegar mixture from cabbage, and return vinegar to heat.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
  7. Drain vinegar from cabbage and discard.
  8. Place cabbage into refrigerator until cool.
  9. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

Taking heed to the other comment, I went conservative with the salt and started with 1T. I added, however, and ended up with somewhere between 1.75 and 2T. Being lazy, I didn't drain/reheat the vinegar but continuously turned the mixture. As the cabbage started to slightly wilt, it did produce a lot to drain - which I did once I achieved the desired texture and taste (slightly wilted, tangy). Recipe was easy and it's pretty close to the restaurant version. Also added carrot slivers which added nice color.

GastroFiend May 29, 2010

Portions were a little big, so I cut it down to about 1/4 head of each cabbage. It needed color, so I added a little shredded carrot. I cooked the rice vinegar, salt and sugar as directed, but I cut the salt down to 1 Tbsp., fearing 3 was too much. I poured the vinegar over the cabbage, but there was nothing left to drain and reheat. The cabbage soaked it right up! I left it in the fridge overnight and the flavor mellowed, but it was still entirely too salty! I might try this again with different ingredients or cut waaaay down on the salt!

robin January 29, 2008

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