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Instant Pot cabbage in white bowl with basket in background.

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 82kcal
Author Gary White


  • 1 ½ 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


  • 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.


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