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Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Fried Cabbage

Pressure cooker fried cabbage will be your new favorite meal if you love steamed cabbage with bacon! Made in just 3 minutes it’s our favorite side dish.  Don’t you love your Instant Pot and Ninja Foodi?

fried cabbage with bacon

I wasn’t a cabbage fan when I was younger either but when I became an adult I just love it!! This pressure cooker fried cabbage made me a lover. Recently I’ve made several easy Instant Pot recipes with it too! (originally published 8/18, participant in the Amazon program, affiliate links present)

If you’re ready for some flavorful cooked cabbage and sausage or bacon you’ll love this. The perfect side dish during the week we say. 

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

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How long does it take to boil cabbage?

Well in this case you aren’t really submerging it in water and boiling it. Yes you add liquid so it comes to pressure but because it is cubed it only takes a few minutes. If you were to cook the whole thing I would say it would be closer to maybe 8 minutes but the outside would be mush by the time the center got soft. I wouldn’t recommend that.

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

Then I made Instant Pot stuffed cabbage and couldn’t stop with all the cabbage recipes!! 

ninja foodi cabbage

Instant Pot Fried Cabbage

  • Of course you can make it in your Ninja Foodi or Crock Pot Express too. Any brand works.
  • We’ve even made cabbage wedges with a bit of crisp to them in our Foodi, and our air fryer cabbage has been a game changer too.
  • Can you tell I’ve been on a cabbage kick lately? 😉

Any way you choose to do it you just pressure cook for a few minutes with some chicken broth and salt and pepper to taste on high pressure and BAM! Ok…there are a few other secret ingredients, but seriously it will make you love cabbage too.

  • Ok, so it’s not really fried in this case but amazing is how to describe it…….

Is cabbage better for you raw or cooked?

Cooked carrots, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage, peppers and many other vegetables supply more antioxidants to the body than they do when raw.

There is a BEST way to cook it though, you need to boil or steam it to maintain the vitamins.

fried cabbage recipe

I will start by saying if you have a family recipe for fried cabbage then by all means use those measurements and seasonings and just follow my instructions as far as how much liquid to add and how long to cook it.

  • If you don’t then this is the way I have made it several times and we all love it……

What goes good with fried cabbage?

  • We think bacon is a must! You could dice up precooked sausage links and add them into the mix too. That isn’t the traditional add in but make it your own creation y’all!
Pressure Cooker Fried Cabbage

This is what you’ll need to make our 3 minute Instant Pot fried cabbage recipe:

  1. Head of cabbage
    1. chop cabbage into 1″x 1″ squares basically

How do you cut cabbage for fried cabbage?

This is not rocket science but here it goes: Just cut the hard stem off the bottom, then slice the head in half. Put the flat end on your cutting board and slice 4x vertically, then 5x (or so) horizontally so you get squares

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  • Voila’, makes sense right? You just want equally sized cabbage squares so every piece is as tender as the next
  • Tip: If you like it a bit firmer cut larger squares, softer = smaller squares.

Continuing on………

  1. Bacon is great, I like uncured regular (not thick) slices personally
  2. Vegetable broth – really you could use any style broth or stock you wanted
  3. Soy sauce
  4. Olive oil
  5. Spices
    1. Pinch of salt and pepper at the end are optional
  6. Onion

If you want to make this great recipe vegetarian style, then just leave out the bacon of course. 😉

Here’s a video showing you this quick cooking time, and how we make this easy fried cabbage recipe

Pressure Cooker Fried Cabbage 2

If you’re looking for more easy or Instant Pot cabbage recipes we have a few!

Our pressure cooker cabbage and noodles is a bit heartier version of this too!

Pressure Cooker Cabbage and Noodles

Tips for making the best cabbage in a pressure cooker:

  • Choose a small head of cabbage
    • Discard end
    • Slice it into about 5 thick slices
    • Then cut those slices into 1″ x 1″ pieces
  • Do not drain the bacon after you saute it
    • Grease adds to the overall taste
  • Make sure to deglaze your pot after sauteeing
    • I HIGHLY suggest you get a non stick pot if you don’t already have one, little need to deglaze if you have one
  • Quick release the steam
    • Take lid off immediately and turn pot off when done, or cabbage will get too soft

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Pressure Cooker Fried Cabbage

If you love fried cabbage with bacon you can now make it in just 3 minutes using this easy pressure cooker fried cabbage recipe! Love my Instant Pot and Ninja Foodi.
Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, german, irish
Keyword bacon, cabbage, fried, instant pot, pressure cooker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 136kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Add your olive oil and diced bacon to your pressure cooker and set to saute. (can add your fresh onions now if you wish to soften)
  • Cook until bacon is done, not crispy done but meat is cooked. Turn pressure cooker off/cancel! Scrape bottom of pot, add 1/4 c of your vegetable broth to deglaze bottom so burn notification doesn’t come on.
  • Cut your head of cabbage into chunks, separate leaves and add into your pressure cooker.
  • Pour your remaining vegetable broth over your cabbage leaves.
  • Sprinkle all spices and soy sauce on top as well as any type of onions you may want to add if they aren’t in already.
  • Stir gently to coat all leaves with spices.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes (2 minutes if you want cabbage to be firmer).
  • Do a quick release and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Fried Cabbage
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 1147mg50%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 325IU7%
Vitamin C 55.4mg67%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Thursday 16th of June 2022

The last time I cooked cabbage in the Instapot it was mushy. I took your advice and cooked the cabbage for 2-minutes with quick release. It was the perfect texture and delicious. Since I don’t eat pork, in the instapot I sautéed some turkey bacon and onions prior to pressure cooking the cabbage. Thanks for the recipe.


Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

This recipe was AMAZING! I absolutely loved the smoky flavors from the bacon and spices. I am having the leftovers today for lunch, and I could be totally satisfied with just this but I am adding a plant burger for some extra protein. Thanks so much!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Yay it is our favorite too with corned beef or just as a snack


Tuesday 5th of January 2021

I’ve tried cabbage recipes and have always failed. This was spot on. I did a 2 minute cook time. Wow. 1 and 5 year old loved it and ate double portions. Husband said it was the best cabbage I’ve made. I agree. Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 6th of January 2021

Oh yay, glad it was a hit!!


Sunday 18th of October 2020

Just made this and it is very tasty and will make again. I omitted the chili powder and followed another posters comment to only do 2 minutes instead of 3. Glad I did as another minute would be to mushy for me.

Sadie Robinson

Monday 14th of September 2020

The fried cabbage was easy and delicious. I have made cabbage on the stove for years until I got instant pot this year. Thanks for this recipe. Forever grateful,!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Oh yeah glad it was a hit

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