Instant Pot Cabbage with Southern Style

Instant Pot Cabbage with Southern Style

Cabbage is one of those foods that people eat all over the world. I believe it’s literally part of every single cuisine on planet Earth. But there’s one thing I really dislike…. sad, mushy, bland cabbage! Well, I am from the south, so that’s the lens I see food through. This Instant Pot cabbage takes all the guesswork out of getting the texture just right! And the flavor is undeniably southern in the best way.

 

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Instant Pot cabbage in white bowl with serving spoon.

 

The Process

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Cut the onions with the grain to create strings rather than rings.

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

Place the cabbage on a large cutting board, core side up.

 

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Cut the cabbage into 3 large pieces to remove the core.

 

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Then roughly chop the cabbage into spoon size pieces.

 

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Make sure to break up leaves into individual pieces.

 

Bacon fat in bottom of Instant Pot.

Using sauté setting… add oil to pot.

 

Onion slices cooking in bacon fat.

Add onions to pot and cook for 2-3 minutes…

 

Onion slices cooking in bacon fat.

…until just barely softened.

 

Sautéed onions with thyme, garlic, and bay leaf.

Add garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and vinegar.

 

Sautéed onions with thyme, garlic, and bay leaf.

Cook for about 1 minute, stirring frequently.

 

Instant Pot filled with chopped cabbage.

Add cabbage to pot and give a really good mix. I mean really mix it! Lock lid and cook for 2 minutes at high pressure.

 

Cooked cabbage in Instant Pot.

Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Then remove lid, bay leaf, and thyme sprigs. Mix again and serve.

 

And this is the AMAZING Result…

Instant Pot cabbage in white bowl with serving spoon.

 

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Instant Pot Cabbage with Southern Style

This Instant Pot cabbage takes all the guesswork out of getting it just right! And the flavor is undeniably southern in the best way.
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Gary White

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups yellow onions sliced with grain
  • 1 head of cabbage roughly chopped, core removed
  • 2 Tbsp. bacon fat
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic minced
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. sea salt

Instructions

  • Cut the onions with the grain to create strings rather than rings. Place the cabbage on a large cutting board, core side up. Cut the cabbage into 3 large pieces to remove the core. Then roughly chop the cabbage into spoon-size pieces. Make sure to break up leaves into individual pieces.
  • Using sauté setting… add bacon fat to pot. Add onions to pot and cook for 2-3 minutes until just barely softened. Add garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and vinegar. 
  • Add cabbage, chicken broth, and salt to pot and give a really good mix. I mean really mix it! Lock lid and cook for 2 minutes at high pressure.
  • Once cook time is complete, quick-release pressure. Then remove lid, bay leaf, and thyme sprigs. Mix again and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 45.5mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Tiffany
    January 20, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Could I use olive oil in place of bacon fat? And dried thyme instead of fresh?

    • Reply
      Gary
      January 20, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      Of course. I’d suggest 1/4 tsp. of dried thyme.

    • Reply
      Erika
      April 3, 2019 at 8:20 pm


      Awesome! I threw in some Italian sausage I had to complete the meal. Great quick dinner! Thanks!

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    March 7, 2019 at 2:29 pm


    Great recipe! My family loved it!

  • Reply
    Becky
    April 1, 2019 at 2:22 pm


    Very good recipe, we loved it!

  • Reply
    Sylvia Cristina
    August 16, 2019 at 6:57 pm


    Closest I’ve come to the 45min stove version. Thank you! Just didn’t add thyme or bay leaf but was great and tender!

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