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Instant Pot Cabbage with Southern Style

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

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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The Process

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

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.

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

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

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

Then roughly chop the cabbage into spoon-size pieces.

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

Make sure to break up leaves into individual pieces.

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

Using sauté setting… add bacon fat to pot.

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

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

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

…until just barely softened.

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

Add garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and vinegar.

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

Cook for about 1 minute, stirring frequently.

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

Add cabbage, chicken broth, and salt to pot and give a really good mix. I mean really mix it! Lock lid and cook for 3 minutes at high pressure.

 

Instant Pot Cabbage | The Foodie Eats

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…

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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.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 82 kcal
Author The Foodie Eats

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. Add cabbage, chicken broth, and salt to pot and give a really good mix. I mean really mix it! Lock lid and cook for 3 minutes at high pressure.

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

Recipe Notes

If you prefer your cabbage with a little crunch (like I do!), reduce the high pressure cook time to 2 minutes, or 1 minute for al dente.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Cabbage with Southern Style
Amount Per Serving
Calories 82 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 275mg 11%
Potassium 274mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 2.9%
Vitamin C 55.2%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 4.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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5 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!

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