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Braised cabbage, solyanka

Braised Cabbage Stir-Fry with Mushrooms and Ham (Solyanka)

This outrageously delicious cabbage stir-fry is also known as Solyanka (or Soljanka).  Made with cabbage, a little bit of pickled cucumber (for saltiness), and a broth.  So good!  
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German, Russian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 297kcal


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion , small, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 8 cups cabbage , finely shredded
  • 1 pickle finely chopped
  • 3 cups mushrooms , fresh, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups ham chopped
  • salt and black pepper


  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat, add chopped onion and minced garlic and cook until softened for about 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat, if necessary, to avoid burning the onions and garlic.
  • Add tomato paste and about 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet, and mix, cooking on medium heat, to make sure the tomato paste is well combined with onions and garlic.
  • On medium heat, add shredded cabbage, finely chopped pickled cucumber, chopped mushrooms and chopped ham to the tomato paste mixture, mix to combine. Add more water if needed, by tablespoons, to make sure your mixture remains moist but not soupy.
  • Reduce heat to simmer and let the vegetables braise on very low heat for about 40 minutes to make sure all flavors blend well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 891mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 58.1mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg