Burnt Cabbage, Miso Drizzle

This summer has been super hectic for me and I’ve really had to dig deep to find ways to eat quickly and healthily. To wrap up my barbeque-for-summer theme, is this unassuming BBQ charred cabbage with a Japanese inspired miso dressing. It’s a great way to transform the humble cabbage, make it extra flavourful and get your veggies in. This recipe alsoworks with romaine or iceberg lettuce if you don’t have a cabbage on hand. This dish is extremely  versatile and will work as a great side dish, but makes for a superb main as well. Enjoy the rest of your summer!


  • ½ cabbage
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp white or black sesame seeds

Miso Dressing

  • 2 tbsp miso (white or yellow)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime
  • ½ tbl spn soy sauce
  • ½ tbl spn honey
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • ½ tsp grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp chilli flakes or fresh chilli chopped finely

For the Miso dressing pput all the ingredients above in a jar. Close tightly and shake till all ingredients combine. Alternatively, you can always whisk the ingredients in a bowl.

Cut the cabbage into quarters keeping the heart intact so that the cabbage keeps its shape as it grills. Lightly brush vegetable oil and sprinkle salt. Prepare your grill to around 190-200°C max before you begin. Place cabbage directly onto the grill until deeply charred or burnt, as I like to call it. You can go as deep as you like here, if you prefer you can just lightly char your cabbage too. It should take 8 minutes per side.

Lift from the grill and leave to cool for 5 minutes. This also gives time for the cabbage to tenderise on the inside. Drizzle with miso dressing, sprinkle sesame seeds and serve.

Wine Pairing

I am really enjoying a dry and smokey rosé wine this summer and I think this magnificent and very special number from the Azores will pair perfectly with this light and fun dish. This is what they call a savoury rosé, with an almost salty note. What is so special here is the volcanic and atlantic influence from the Pico islands. You can pick this beautiful bottle up at Mosto in town.

Joy Entry is a Malaysian home cook based in Lagos who is obsessed with the provocative, unapologetic flavours of South-East Asian cuisine.

Instagram: @thatasianhomecook

Email: joyentry@gmail.com


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