Summer Recipe for Grilled Cabbage & Lovage


Cabbage is suitable for many foods. In Finland, one of the most typical ones is cabbage casserole. I learned to love cabbage only as an adult because cabbage soup in my childhood left me almost traumatic experience (did not like it AT ALL). Fresh summer cabbage is now at its best! Here is our super-simple summer recipe for grilled cabbage seasoned with lovage.

saimaalife ladies' summer recipe for grilled cabbage

I prepared this barbecue food for the first time on our saimaaLife ladies’ photoshoot trip last summer.  We all fell in love with this dish right away!

Besides grilling, summer cabbage is also excellent in coleslaw, salads, woks, and as such in dipping.

saimaalife style finnish summer cottage in saimaa finland

This summer our lady trio made a trip to our friends’ lakeside cottage in Kerimäki.

woman preparing grilling food in outdoor kitchen at summer cottage in saimaa

The cottage was lovely, but so was Maija and Oscar’s outdoor kitchen as well. For the visit, I had planned some grilling food. First I started to prepare grilled cabbage. We’ll publish the other recipes later this summer for you too!

friends at finnish summer cottage in saimaa

The division of work at the cottage was that I, Marianne, and Maija prepared the food while Mari and Oscar went to the forest to shoot a forest bathing video. In the end, we all would enjoy the lakeside barbeque dinner together.

Ingredients of summer recipe for grilled cabbage

I love the summer greenness! It is said that food tastes better when eating outside. Well, I can tell that there is also magic in cooking outdoors too.

But no more talking! Here is the recipe. 

SaimaaLife summer recipe for grilled cabbage

  • 1 cabbage
  • 0,5 dl olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lovage
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Cut the cabbage into blocks.

NOTE! It is important to leave cabbage stems and not cut them off. That way cabbage stays whole during grilling. It makes all things easier and the result look (and taste) better.

Squeeze lemon and cut lovage to quite big pieces. Add salt, lemon juice, and lovage into an oil.

Put cabbage on the grill (or campfire like we did). Spread herb oil on cabbage. If you want you can also add the oil more a few times during the grilling. It helps the cabbage also to remain juicy.

Grill the cabbage on both sides until it is a little soft. That is the sign that your cabbage is ready!

Enjoy this grilled dish for light lunch or as a side dish with other grilled food.

cutting lovage by the lakeside in saimaa

We were able to get lovage from Mari’s own yard. Lovage -“lipstikka” in Finnish-  is found in many old yards and not many are aware of its versatility in cooking. Lovage is for example used as a substitute for salt, and it is excellent in salad dressings and puree soups. It is also used on babies’ purees. 

Cutting ingredients for grilled cabbage summer recipe

Marianne carrying cabbage into a grill

Marianne did a good job of helping with cooking but also with the camera. Here I also have to mention that the grey clay bowl in the photo is handmade by me. That is my second piece ever made, and I am so proud of it. Happiness is to find a new, fascinating hobby!

grilling cabbage

Grilling over an open fire is, in my opinion, the best form of grilling. It has a primitive feeling and the fire gives the food a wonderfully smoky flavor.

Grilling with Maija

Grilled summer food

Both the grilled cabbage with lovage and other food is ready! Mari and Oscar also arrived back from the forest at a right time to eat with us and enjoy the summer evening by the lake. 

As I said, here you got the summer recipe for grilled cabbage. Next week it is time to reveal to you our recipe for grilled mushrooms! They are yummy too and go well together with the grilled cabbage.

By the way, if you wanna read more about cabbage, I recommend the article “9 Impressive Health Benefits of Cabbage”.

With love from Saimaa,

Stiina & Mari

PS. Check also our saimaaLife recipe for the traditional Finnish cabbage casserole recipe if you wanna learn to make more cabbage dishes!

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