Pimp Your Veg part 9: ‘Steam, Sear and Slather’

Welcome back to Pimp Your Veg! I’m hoping to share more vegetable inspiration over the next few months, and I fully admit that although I cook vegetables every single day, I’m not necessarily the oracle for cooking vegetables, there are methods I don’t utilise, so I’ve asked my lovely, talented blog friend Sue to share some ideas from her kitchen, which is what we are bringing you today…and it looks fab, so I invite you to ‘steam, sear and slather’ with Sue…

“I am honored to assist my friend Elaine at Foodbod in her series entitled “Pimp Your Veg.” 

Now is a particularly good time of year to embark on a vegetable journey, as many of us have probably partaken too much of starches, heavy foods, sweets and such over the recent holiday season, and so veg sounds good. And although vegetables sound good to me right now, I like a good cooked veg with lots of interesting texture and flavor, and not a raw veg for the most part. I like a salad with raw greens, but it’s got to also have a cooked element on top or mixed in, and also, please serve with a spoon! I do not like to stab leaves!

Elaine has covered some wonderful ground in the series so far, with ideas and recipes for roasting, pureeing, sauteeing, oven baking, fritterizing, spiralizing, and tucking into flatbreads. I’ve come up with an application for veg that works well non-delicate, non-leafy vegetables such as beets, turnips, rutabaga, cabbage, eggplant, squash, and also, provided you slice into thick “steaks”, cauliflower and broccoli. I’m naming it “Steam, Sear and Slather.” It even sounds Pimp-y, right?

Jokes aside, this is one of my favorite ways of preparing because you can prepare it partially, then refrigerate until later, and you can prepare a giant batch at once for eating during the week. It uses less oil than roasting vegetables (at least the way I roast vegetables, which is: I like to really lubricate them and then blast them on high heat to get a moist and chewy interior and a charred exterior) and creates a wonderful umami flavor. What you do is, you steam, you sear in olive oil or your preferred fat, and then you slather with your preferred sauce. Let’s see what this looks like with cabbage:

I started with half of a green and red head of cabbage: 

   Getting ready for the steamer: 

  In they go: 


  Out them come: 

  Now for the sear. In they go again: 

 I used enough olive oil in the bottom of the pan to make a thin film, and seared each side for 2 minutes, on high heat for 1 minute and medium high for 1 minute. 

 Now for the slather. I like cabbage either with butter and salt, or with an aggressive anchovy/caper/parsley/garlic/olive oil type sauce. What I usually do, however, is simply use what I have on hand. That could be tomato sauce; lemon juice + garlic + olive oil; harissa thinned out with some yogurt; a curry; a satay-type sauce; chermoula; chimchirri, or pesto. The idea is to get some flavor onto the vegetables, and you can be as simple or complicated as you like. This past weekend I was out of capers and anchovies, but had some cherry tomatoes and some of Sonal’s beautiful curry powder, and some yogurt. I blackened the tomatoes in the broiler for a couple of minutes, with a tablespoon each of olive oil and curry powder, then blended the living daylights out of them with some added yogurt. Voila! 

 Now, you can either slather as above, or you can slather while cooking for a real pimpy, sticky, delicious mess: 

   After these cabbages cool down, I tuck them into the fridge and they keep very well for days. 


You can eat them straight up, alongside a protein, atop a salad, dropped into some hot broth, on a plate alongside some hummus or dip, or: 

 Nothing better than a pimped veg on some homemade bread with a poached egg!

Happy New Year !


I am bringing Sue’s lovely cabbage to the first Fiesta Friday of the year, #101, co hosted this week by the dynamic duo of Jhuls and Mr Fitz, come and join in!

I would also like to share this with two new link ups for me, Throwback Thursday, and also Cook Once Eat Twice from Searching for Spice – I hope it is well received 🙂 

100 thoughts on “Pimp Your Veg part 9: ‘Steam, Sear and Slather’

  1. Loretta

    Brill Elaine! Love the different stages that the cabbage goes through, those photos would convince even a cabbage hater to LOVE cabbage….especially with that gorgeous egg. Great job Sue and YOU!

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  2. Corina

    This looks so so tasty! I’ve never prepared cabbage like this before and I love all the ideas for dressings! I am doing my best to eat more vegetables this year so this definitely some thing I’ll have a go at. I have to admit I find steamed vegetables a little boring so it’s great that the cabbages are seared afterwards and then the sauce added. Thank you so much for linking up with #CookOnceEatTwice.

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      Thank you Corina, I’ve got lots of dishes ready to link up, and all vegetable dishes! I admit I’m not a fan of just steaming vegetables, I think the addition of searing them sounds perfect to add that extra flavour 🙂

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  3. tentimestea

    This is a fantastic collab! What a great method to serve vegetables, and definitely memorable (steam, sear and slather–haha!). The varying sauce ideas sound fantastic and really emphasize how versatile this method (and all the other veg-pimping methods) are!

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    1. Sue

      Thanks Patty! Nice to see you at it again too, even if I didn’t guilt you heavily enough into doing something ridiculous like souffles. I like the lasagne pasta better anyhow. More filling!

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      1. Life Diet Health

        Thumbs up from me! It was my dinner last night – red and savoy cabbage steamed, seared and slathered with homemade barbecue chilli sauce with a sprinkling of roasted chickpeas! Delicious! 🙂 Thanks to you both x

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  5. Suchitra

    I was lured to the post by the title of this post! Very nicely done! Kudos to Sue and you.The cabbage looks delicious! I too love my veggies! A meal ain’t done if I don’t have a nice huge side of veggies!

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  6. Sue

    Elaine, who is this birgerbird person anyhow? What does she know about veg? 🙂 Thanks for asking me to guest post and looking forward to more collaboration in the future!!! xx

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