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The Best Simple Cabbage Recipes

Here are a bunch of simple cabbage recipes your family will love! Easy dinners in the oven, slow cooker, Crockpot, Ninja Foodi or your Instant Pot. We’ll share how to cook a whole cabbage, quartered, sliced into steaks and diced.

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I rounded up all my simple cabbage recipes and a few from other blogger friends so I could share a great roundup full of well….. cabbage!! Every easy recipe has this cheap low calorie vegetable in it. Some take less than 15 minutes and others cook all day in your slow cooker. (affiliate links present)

Savory Cabbage Recipes

I will admit that I did not like cabbage as a child. Actually I never even tried it so I can’t say legitimately that I didn’t like it, it just really wasn’t made.

When I got married my husband raved about his grandmothers stuffed cabbage recipe so I thought I’d give it a whirl and surprisingly enough I really enjoyed it! From there I came up with tons of other Crockpot cabbage recipes. These you can cook all different sorts of other ways too though.

We have lots of ideas of what to cook with ground beef as well. I’ll start with my crockpot stuffed cabbage recipe.


Cabbage Recipes

If you are wondering how to cook cabbage soup in the Instant Pot in general we have that. Adding to that with meat like diced sausage, that was great too. It turned out thicker than I had imagined and was more like a cabbage casserole so that is what I called it.

  • Whatever you call it it is a simple cabbage recipe that tastes amazing. Even my kids thought it was delicious.
  • We love baked cabbage steaks with a protein too.

Then I went on to cook the cabbage in an Instant Pot. We made Instant Pot fried cabbage recipe with pieces of bacon and old fashioned cabbage soup and Crockpot cabbage soup too!! Both are healthy recipe ideas you can make simple with minced garlic or load it up with seasonings.

Before you get started though you should read up on how to cut cabbage. Decide what you want to make and how large you want your pieces to be. The thinner the softer they will become so keep that in mind.

fried cabbage with bacon

Recipes with Cabbage

Yes you could do this in a large skillet on medium high heat too, like our sauerkraut recipe with meat, but it’s so fast in a pressure cooker. Adding the cabbage in with the spices my grandmother used and keeping in the bacon grease is key to YUM.

You could also melt butter and use that instead of the olive oil and bacon drippings. Add some salt and pepper and it’s simple but perfect. Throw together this simple cabbage and onion dish on the stovetop someday and see what you think. Green is most popular but Purple Cabbage Recipes are fabulous too.

How to Make Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe

No, we aren’t counting calories on many of these. 😉 Cabbage is tender to perfection when done and the perfect side dish. Cold like blue cheese coleslaw or our Hawaii coleslaw is great too.

If you have a pressure cooker and air fryer you can make all 8 Ninja Foodi cabbage recipes we share here. From a whole head of cabbage in slow cooker, to quartered and many of them cubed into bite size pieces you can’t go wrong. In the Foodi you can either cut the cabbage into quarters so it isn’t as soft or slice into smaller strips so they melt in your mouth.

ninja foodi cabbage recipes

I have made a slow cooker corned beef brisket with cabbage recipe as well and did that for years but now that I have my pressure cooker it is definitely a game changer, but both are delish.

Easy Cabbage Recipes

We also have a general post about cooking corned beef and cabbage multiple ways so you can experiment and see which method you love the most! I like to cook the veggie separately actually. Our favorite way is to serve swamp cabbage with it.

Pressure cooker cabbage soup is a favorite dish in our house. Serve it with a side of rolls and you’ve got yourself the perfect comfort food.

  • Instant Pot stuffed cabbage rolls are my husband’s favorite meal of all time. It reminds him of his Grandmother’s dish but is cooked much faster for sure.

Our Dutch Oven corned beef and cabbage is great. You can add pepper flakes for some heat too! You don’t even need to make mashed potatoes once it’s done because the trivets are edible!! That is right, I use red taters inside the pot so it’s all done at once.

dutch oven corned beef and cabbage 3

Green Cabbage Recipes

Almost every single one will use the green variety, except one below. Somewhat interchangeable you could try some with half and half for added color, purple or red is stiffer though. Try our Ninja Foodi corned beef and cabbage! It’s of course perfect for St.Patricks Day dinner but it’s so great we make it year round.

Instead of just steaming the leaves, make Southern fried cabbage as the side dish this year, so much better. Using even fewer ingredients, our stewed cabbage is like buttered cabbage cooked in a dutch oven.

Red Cabbage Recipes

This type is really pretty. Some call it purple too. You can make something cool or warm like our roasted red cabbage in the oven. You can make sauteed red cabbage on the stove.

  • Pressure cooker fried cabbage seen above has gotten raving reviews from a ton of people saying it is just as they remember from their childhood but their Instant Pot makes it cook so quickly.
  • If you don’t like it warm though, I’d try red cabbage coleslaw as a side dish. You just whisk the dressing together in a bowl, slice and add the cabbage, toss together and it’s ready to enjoy.
  • OR make boiled cabbage with either color, buttered with salt and pepper.

Our unstuffed cabbage casserole is a winner. Use spicy ground sausage to take it over the top and add cheese when served.

Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole

Steamed Cabbage Recipes

Now if you use your pressure cooker to make the few of these linked in this post you are essentially steaming this veggie. It is quite crunchy so this method works rather well. You can make it plain with butter or with curry like our Indian cabbage recipe.

With any of these without meat, use an immersion blender after to make Pureed Cabbage Soup with it. You can use any brand you might have at home including an IP of course, Ninja Foodi or Crockpot express. They basically work the same.

The other night we made this Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage using potatoes as trivets (so you could eat those too) and it was so good!! I don’t think I will make it any other way again because it cooked so quickly but came out juicy and FULL of flavor. It’s a must try.

Have leftover meat you want to use up?? I hate wasting too. Throw it into our Haluski recipe made in a slow cooker or stovetop, or in this cabbage stew recipe and voila a second meal is made.

easy instant pot corned beef and cabbage

What to Make with Cabbage

Now you don’t have to cook this veggie to make it incredible. You can shred or chop it into small bite size pieces, add things like cucumber and bell pepper and pour on a dressing. Cabbage salad is a bit of a change from coleslaw and a great duo served together.

We love Baked Cabbage Rolls in the Oven, cooked in a slow cooker, pressure cooker and other ways. If you want old fashioned though, in a casserole dish is it.

Below is our popular Instant Pot stuffed cabbage casserole which has the same flavors you love but MUCH easier than stuffed cabbage leaves.

On a colder note (at least I like it quite chilled) you should try our quick sauerkraut recipe with brats. You don’t have to ferment it for a week like others do if you’re in a hurry. We have a way of pickling cabbage too with or without boiling here.

 Instant Pot Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Green Cabbage Recipes

Of course you could swap out any of these for a Napa cabbage recipe, purple or red someone call it but that is a bit firmer. Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage is quite easy to make as it cooks all day. You can keep it warm for quite a while too stirring occasionally as it sits.

Of course some just love it simple with lemon juice, salt and pepper on their leaves. Steam to soften and serve as is for an easy side dish. Our Crockpot stuffed cabbage soup or this Crockpot cabbage and sausage recipe are winners at our house.

On a cooler note if you want to try this brined and cold, you totally can. Try our quick pickled cabbage recipe. It’s great served as a side dish with burgers for sure.

Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage

Meat Cabbage Recipes

You can certainly add precooked meat into any of these. Black Eyed Peas and Cabbage works well with ham hocks or leftovers after the holidays.

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Simple Cabbage Recipe

Simple cabbage recipe to make in your Instant Pot or slow cooker to make buttered cabbage until tender and delicious.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, irish
Keyword buttered, cabbage, crockpot, instant pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 175kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • * Instant Pot – Add all ingredients into pot and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes with a 2 minute natural release, enjoy.
  • * Slow cooker – Add all ingredients into pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until it's as tender as you'd like.
Nutrition Facts
Simple Cabbage Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 473mg21%
Potassium 263mg8%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 682IU14%
Vitamin C 55mg67%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Roasted Cabbage Slices with Parmesan is fantastic but then again I love anything with cheese!

Southern Bacon Cabbage can be made on the stovetop instead of a pressure cooker like you see above.

Southern Bacon Fried Cabbage

Chinese Chicken Salad is another simple cabbage recipe that is light and refreshing especially during the summertime. With a little apple cider vinegar it has a bit of a tingy punch to it that everyone loves.

Braised Red Cabbage, have you tried this yet??

Braised Red Cabbage

Pennsylvania Dutch Pepper Cabbage is something new and fun if you live in PA for sure.

Cabbage Stir Fry is amazing, you’ve gotta’ try this one. Click on the one you want to make to get the full ingredient list, recipe tips and step by step instructions.

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Tuesday 24th of January 2023

Such an underrated vegetable. I love how versatile it is!

Shadi Hasanzade

Monday 23rd of January 2023

Oh wow, this looks so delicious. My family is going to devour it!


Friday 20th of January 2023

Love cabbage! This is a great collection so far the fried with bacon has been the bomb!


Friday 20th of January 2023

Cabbage is surprisingly versatile isn't it?! We love to make it during the weeknights so having a bunch is so helpful. They all look wonderful.


Friday 20th of January 2023

Corned beef and cabbage is my favorite cabbage recipe. I do not like the way cabbage smells when it cooks though! Yikes!

The Typical Mom

Friday 20th of January 2023

lol, you can totally cook it separate in the oven instead of together if you're sensitive

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