Stir Fried Garlicky Cabbage

I’m always on the lookout for ways to eat more vegetables and get dinner on the table faster. When my husband picked up this Trader Joe’s stir fried garlicky cabbage, I looked at him skeptically because I was hesitant about how good cabbage could taste. But this has quickly become one of my favorite items at Trader Joe’s. Here’s why:

Trader Joe’s created this dish based on the Thai dish galam plee pad nam pla, which is typically made with cabbage, garlic, fish sauce, and pepper. The Trader Joe’s version substitutes yeast extract and kombu for the fish sauce so that the dish maintains an umami flavor while being vegan. 

How does Trader Joe’s stir fried garlicky cabbage taste?

It’s full of flavor! It has a slightly salty but rich umami flavor thanks to the garlic, stir fry sauce, and dried kombu seaweed.

Texture-wise, the cabbage is soft since it’s being cooked from frozen and has a fair amount of liquid content. There’s no crunch to it.

If you like the flavor of Asian foods, give this item a try. I’m usually lukewarm about most vegetables and frozen vegetable dishes, but this one is a winner.

I’ll reach for it when I have to add a side of veggies to dinner. Sometimes I even forget that I’m eating vegetables because it tastes that good.

What are the downsides to Trader Joe’s stir fried garlicky cabbage?

The main downside of this item is its high sodium content, which accounts for 54% of sodium intake in a 2,000-calorie daily diet. 

The other issue is that it’s only 2 servings per package. I agree with this as two of us have eaten all of it as a side dish at one meal. 

So if you have a family of more than two people, the small portion is not going to be enough for a meal. You’ll probably have to buy more than one package of this. That will add up at $3.49 a package.

You could try replicating this dish with different ingredients to give it less sodium. You could make a large batch at home using pre-cut cabbage to make it easier, but the convenience and taste of this frozen one can’t be beaten

Final thoughts

Trader Joe’s Stir Fry Garlicky Cabbage is a winner in terms of taste, convenience, and versatility. It’s a quick and satisfying side dish to any Asian meal. I have it stocked in my freezer at all times. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Rating: 4/5

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