Instant Pot Cabbage

Instant Pot Cabbage is an easy, YUMMY vegetable side that’s healthy and goes with so many dishes! It is a flavorful win in our home.

When you think of cabbage you might be turned off by it’s pungent aroma when cooked, but it’s flavor makes up for any odor faults in my opinion. A quick side that makes a perfect companion to Instant Pot Short Ribs, Leftover Corned Beef Hash, or even Crispy Lemon Pepper Chicken.

So Easy in the Instant Pot!

Cabbage is high in important vitamins, such as vitamin C, and can help with heart health and cholesterol levels. It may even help to lower your blood pressure. It is also helpful for digestion and inflammation issues. What a super food!

It can be added to soups and stews, or used alone as a tasty side dish. The kids love cabbage with a little butter, salt, and pepper. 

We use it as a staple in our tin foil dinners on camping trips as well. Adds moisture, flavor, and as my hubby says…a little roughage 😉 

Prepping Tips

What kind of cabbage? You can use red or green cabbage, make sure to remove the core from the head before cooking. 

How to cut the cabbage? Slice the head of cabbage in half and then slice the core out. Take those portions and cut that in half and you should have 4 pieces. Now take these larger pieces into smaller strips

How to Make IP Cabbage

It really is so easy!

Add broth, water and butter, and cut cabbage to Instant Pot.

Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Close lid and lock. Make sure valve is switched to sealing.

Select MANUAL mode (high pressure) for 7 minutes. Once cooked, switch valve to venting and manually or quickly release the pressure.

Once the float valve has dropped, carefully remove the lid.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the cabbage from the pot.

Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

You can cook on high pressure for 4-6 minutes. If you want the cabbage to be a little more crisp you can do only 3 minutes, but you can do 6 minutes if you want it a bit softer. 

What kind of cabbage? You can use red or green cabbage, make sure to remove the core from the head before cooking. 

What to season with: Season with dried herbs like thyme and oregano and use a flavorful bone broth. You can also season this with something as simple as seasoning salt and pepper. 

Additions:

  • Onions: You can also saute onions before adding in the rest of your ingredients. 
  • Sausage: cooking sausage beforehand and then adding in your cabbage and broth is a great option to add some needed protein.
  • Peppers 
  • Carrots
  • Bacon 

Storing, Sides + Uses

STORE this in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Store cooked cabbage in the freezer for 8-9 months and then thaw in the fridge overnight.

You can REHEAT this in the microwave for a couple of minutes. 

What to serve with? This is a great and healthy side dish for just about any Chinese food or Southern food. You could also mix in some shredded chicken or ground beef/pork to add some protein to your meal. If you are a vegetarian you can add in some squares of firm tofu.

Can it be used in other dishes? Colcannon is an Irish dish made of mashed potatoes with either kale or cabbage. This recipe should work to later add into a dish like this. 

Enjoy the health benefits of this delicious and easy to make side dish! What do you like to season it with?

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Instant Pot Steamed Cabbage

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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Natalie
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. chicken broth
  • 1/4 c. cold water
  • 1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 head cabbage, cut into 1 1/2-inch squares
  • 1 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

  • Add broth, water and butter to the Instant Pot. Add cut cabbage. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Close lid and lock. Make sure valve is switched to sealing.
  • Select MANUAL mode (high pressure) for 7 minutes. Once cooked, switch valve to venting and manually or quickly release the pressure.
  • Once the float valve has dropped, carefully remove the lid. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cabbage from the pot. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.