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Only 3-Step Healthy Snack! Quick, Easy, Yamitsuki Cabbage

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Yamitsuki Cabbage is the popular Izakaya snack and easy appetizer at Yakiniku restaurants in Japan.

“Yamitsuki” literally means “be addicted to something” so Yamitsuki Cabbage makes you addicted to eating with its crunchy texture, aromatic toasted sesame oil, slightly salty, and healthy!

Make a delicious, healthy fresh vegetable snack ready in just three steps!

The perfect option when you need healthy snacks or late-night cravings.

The Best Cabbage To Make Yamitsuki Cabbage

As you know, there are several types of cabbage, so you need to choose the right cabbage to eat fresh.

Ideally, the best cabbage to make “Yamitsuki cabbage” is “Japanese cabbage” often called Jaroma cabbage flat round shape- which you can see in oriental grocery stores.

The leaves are sweet and tender, the best cabbage to eat fresh, but also, sweetheart cabbage (called pointed cabbage) is also recommended.

Here is the list that you can get easily to make Yamitsuki cabbage.

  • Japanese cabbage (Jaroma cabbage)
  • Sweetheart cabbage
  • Green Cabbage (Cannonball cabbage)
  • *Napa cabbage (Chinese Cabbage, choy sum)

Invest Money For Toasted Sesame Oil

Yamituski cabbage is almost determined whether tasty or not depends on the toasted sesame oil.

Personally, I prefer Korean or Japanese toasted sesame oil to buy for Yamitsuki Cabbage.

Is Sesame Oil Healthy?

Toasted sesame oil is known for its aroma that makes you hungry all the time you smell it, besides, it is known as one of the healthy oil.

Sesame oil is rich in unsaturated butyric acid, such as the essential fatty acid linoleic acid, and also contains sesamin and vitamin E, which are high in antioxidants.

Korean: Ottogi Premium Roasted Sesame Oil

This is the best sesame oil so far in my life!

I couldn’t forget my impression when I tasted this first, with its rich elegant aroma and flavor.

100% pure sesame oil, you will notice the gorgeous dark roasted color more than any sesame oil first when you pour it into the plate.

Ottogi Premium Roasted Sesame Oil, 10.82 Ounces


This is the most popular sesame oil produced by Kadoya Sesame Mill in Japan, a cooking oil company founded in 1858.

It has a rich sesame flavor yet a mild clear aftertaste. You can use it for any dish as cooking oil or dressing oil.

Carefully selected sesame is roasted without changing the original process for 160 years. Recommended as sesame oil for everyday use.

Kadoya Sesame Oil, 22.10 Fluid Ounce

Arrange Your Yamitsuki Cabbage Seasoning

Yamitsuki cabbage is the supreme simple taste (but yummy) with sweet earthy cabbage, mild savory salt, and aromatic luxury toasted sesame oil.

While you can enjoy this simple vegetable snack as simple as it is, you can twist the seasonings to make it more flavorful.

I recommend adding more seasonings when using cannonball cabbage (green cabbage) since it is not as sweet as Jaroma cabbage or sweetheart cabbage.

Note: Use chicken bouillon powder instead of salt.

Flavor IDEAS

  • Japanese Flavor…1 TSP of Hondashi powder + 1/2 TSP of Grated ginger + Shredded Nori
  • Chinese Flavor... 1 TSP of Chinese chicken bouillon powder + 1/2 TSP of Grated garlic + Szechuan pepper powder
  • Thai Flavor…1 TSP of Chinese chicken bouillon powder + 1/2 TSP of Grated garlic + 1 TSP of Thai soy sauce + 1.5 TSP of honey or sweet chili sauce + fresh lime juice
  • Yakiniku restaurant-style…1 TSP of Chinese chicken bouillon powder + 1/2 TSP of Grated garlic + fresh ground black pepper + 1.5 tbsp of Yakiniku sauce (*Jump to homemade Yakiniku sauce recipe)

Addictive “Yamitsuki” Cabbage: Healthy Vegetable Snack With Savory Toasted Sesame Oil

Rico McConnellRico McConnell
Only 3 Steps, Quick, Easy, and Super Healthy Japanese Snack! Make a delicious, healthy fresh vegetable snack ready in just three steps! This super-simple quick veggie snack is called Yamitsuki Cabbage, which means Addictive cabbage, and is the popular Izakaya snack in Japan. The perfect option when you need healthy snacks or late-night cravings. Why is it so addictive? Because of high-quality toasted sesame oil and a little bit of mineral salt.
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people


  • 1/2 Cabbage (Jaroma cabbage/ Sweetheart cabbage/ Napa cabbage/ cannon ball cabbage)
  • ½-1 TSP Natural salt
  • 1.5-2 tbsp Korean/ Japanese toasted Sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp Toasted sesame seeds
  • Other seasonings and toppings *see the post


  • Cut the cabbage in half and then cut half cabbage into bite-size pieces.
    Or tear leaves with fingers to bite-size pieces.
  • Rinse the pieces well under running water and drain the water.
    (Use a salad spinner if desired.)
  • In a large bowl, mix the cut cabbage leaves and salt.
  • Drizzle 1.5-2 tbsp of sesame oil over the cabbage, and mix well.
  • Top sesame seeds with the cabbage.
  • Serve immediately before the cabbage will be watery.


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Keyword 10-minutes, cabbage, chinese cabbage, cold, Easy, Healthy, Izakaya, Nibbles, sesame oil, sesame seeds, Vegetables, Vegetarian

How To Turn Yamitsuki Cabbage Leftover Into Asazuke Pickles

If you have Yamituki Cabbage leftover, (I am sure it’s watery,) let’s turn it into Japanese ASAZUKE pickles to enjoy for a more few days!

Put Yamitsuki cabbage (with any variation of seasonings) in a food stock bag, and add another 1 TSP of salt.

Store it in a fridge for any time between 30 minutes to overnight.

Serve the Asazuke cabbage after draining the water.

Consume it within 3 days.

Add other vegetables such as sliced cucumber and carrots if desired.

What’s Asazuke Pickles

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