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boiled cabbage

Boiled Cabbage - Seasoned Buttery Tender Cabbage

Boiled cabbage is easy, simple, delicious vegetable side dish perfect for any meal & you can make this on stove top or in the instant pot!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword boiled cabbage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 36kcal


  • ½ medium sized cabbage
  • salt adjust to taste
  • ½ teasooon black pepper or as needed
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter or olive oil
  • 3 cups water or as need to boil the cabbage


  • Wash the cabbage very well, discard any leaves that are not fresh.
  • Slice the cabbage into wedges with the core of the cabbage intact, or the leaves can fall out.
  • In this recipe, we are using only half of a medium sized cabbage. I had about 6 to 8 wedges from half of the cabbage.
  • Place the sliced cabbage wedges inside a pot or pan. It is good idea to keep them in a single layer, but it's fine if some of them overlaps with other pieces.
  • As we boil the cabbage, it becomes easy to layer them as they turn soft.
  • Add water and enough salt, bring the water to a boil.
  • Once the water boils, cover the pot with lid, simmer in medium heat (in about a minute, you can use a long spatula to press the cabbage slices so they will fit into a single layer, if needed) and boil the cabbage for about 4 to 6 minutes until it turns soft.
  • By this time, cabbage will turn soft (if needed you may boil for about a minute longer).
  • Immediately transfer the boiled cabbage to serving plates, drizzle with melted butter or olive oil and season with black pepper powder and salt.
  • Enjoy delicious, soft boiled cabbage as an easy, nutritious vegetable side dish with any meal for lunch or dinner!


Instant Pot Boiled Cabbage

Making boiled cabbage in instant pot is even more easier!
Instead of 3 cups of water, you just need about 1 cup of water in instant pot.
Once you have added water in the instant pot, place the sliced cabbage wedges in a single layer (you may place them directly in the inner pot like we do here or you may place them in the rack or steamer, but keep in mind that the if you steam the cabbage, it's going to take slightly longer than placing directly in the water).
Also sprinkle some salt.
Close the instant pot with lid in sealing position, cook in high pressure for one minute.
Once the cooking is done, wait for a natural pressure release of 5 minutes, then carefully do a gradual, controlled manual pressure release to avoid overcooking the cabbage.
Once the pressure is all released, carefully open the lid and with the help of long tongs, carefully transfer the boiled cabbage to a serving dish. Season with salt, pepper and melted butter or olive oil and enjoy!


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 133IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg