Asian (Inspired) Slaw Recipe

Asian (Inspired) Slaw Recipe

Making Asian inspired slaw is so quick and simple and it is a budget superfood when homemade. A few simple humble ingredients and a hot asian pickling liquor it will be ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. Once made it will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3/4 days.

If you have a mandolin this recipe becomes so much quicker and even less effort to get this healthy tasty side on your table. As I usually make a batch of Asian slaw or my kebab salad recipe each week it has been a worthwhile investment (my review of the Benriner Japanese Handheld Mandolin Slicer). It may seem expensive at around £42 pounds but the average cost of coleslaw at the supermarket cost between £1.50 to £3.00. I bought mine June 2023 so it has more than paid for itself, plus you are not going to find this flavour profile of slaw on any supermarket shelf.

Asian Coleslaw

A quick tasty healthy Asian inspired slaw, minimum effort for maximum flavours of the east.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Marinading 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 5 People
Calories 139 kcal



  • 1/2 red cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 60 ml white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds toasted


  • first toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan for around 3 to 4 minutes on a medium heat. Do not let them burn, once toasted allow them to cool


  • shred the cabbage into you bowl, I use a mandolin as I can get the cabbage thinner.
  • Now do the same with the onion and the carrot

Pickling Liquor

  • combine in the saucepan the sesame oil, sugar, olive oil and the white vinegar
  • bring to the heat until the sugar has been dissolved in the liquids

Combine Pickling Liquor & Slaw

  • Now pour the hot mixture of the shredded ingredients and mix well
  • at this point add the seagoing of salt and pepper, then mix. Next taste, add additional seasoning if required
  • Allow to marinate for around 20 to 30 minutes. Personally I do like to turn the mixture over every 10 minutes to make sure everything is covered in the Asian style pickling liquor
  • Add the cooled toasted sesame seeds just before serving, ensure you mix them in thoroughly and as evenly as possible


Adding the sesame seeds at the end gives it a better depth of flavour. If you like the taste of sesame then add a couple of drops more of the oil when mixing it at the end.
Want to take up the flavour to a new level then add some thinly sliced pickled stem ginger pieces . It’s sometimes labelled as Sushi ginger, it can be found in most major supermarkets on the Asian ingredients section. It truly does add some zing to the Asian slaw.
You can use Japanese rice wine vinegar if you want to be authentic but at more than double the price it’s not exactly a cheap dinner idea.  I have tried both ways and the results are they both taste the same so save your pennies 


Serving: 33gCalories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 0.5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2.8gMonounsaturated Fat: 7.7gSodium: 468mgPotassium: 26mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 4IUCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Asian Slaw
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a glass mixing bowl (also has a fork in there to mix the ingredients) with the Asian slaw ingredients, carrot, red cabbage, white onion just before adding the pickling liquor
How the Asian Slaw looks before marinating

Why Make Your Own Asian Slaw

  • Cheaper
  • Fresher
  • No preservatives like (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum.)
  • Less fat
  • Less sugar
  • Less salt
  • Made to your taste

As I said earlier you will not get this Asian inspired flavour profile slaw in any supermarket in the UK. You can tweak the slaw to any combo you want, like the toasted sesame seeds, add more, prefer it a little more acidic then add a little more vinegar or less sugar.

an open jar of pink sushi ginger on a chopping board, there are also some slivers of sushi ginger on the board that have been taken out of the jar
Sushi Ginger, also know as pickled ginger or gari

What To Serve the Slaw With

I usually have my Asian slaw with any gilled meats such as ribs, pork chops, beef short ribs and also with my braised belly pork.