The humble cabbage is one of the most versatile vegetables and cooking it in the Instant Pot makes a quick and easy side dish to round out your meal.
There are so many reasons to love this recipe. It's made with only 4 ingredients (not including salt and pepper) and takes only 5 minutes to make in the Instant Pot.
This recipe creates a tender, yet slightly firm, cabbage packed with flavor. And since cabbage is available all year round, you can cook this side dish any time of the year.
When shopping for cabbage, look for the following:
- The head should feel heavy.
- Brightly colored, whether it’s a green or purple cabbage.
- The leaves should be tightly packed together.
- It doesn’t have any brown spots or withered leaves.
How to cook cabbage in the Instant Pot
1. Prepare cabbage: Start with removing the outer leaves from the cabbage head and rinse well with water. Then cut the cabbage into quarters. Using a sharp knife, removing the core from the wedges and chop each quarter into 1-inch pieces.
2. Cook garlic: Set pressure cooker to Sauté on Normal and heat oil in the inner steel pot of the pressure cooker. Add the garlic; sauté until garlic starts to become fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute. Press Cancel.
3. Add ingredients: Place the diced cabbage into the Instant Pot. Then add the water or vegetable broth and stir.
4. Pressure cook: Lock pressure cooker lid in place and set steam vent to Sealing. Select Pressure Cook (Manual) and cook for 5 minutes on High Pressure.
5. Quick-release: Carefully quick-release the steam and remove the lid.
6. Season and serve: Season with salt and pepper before serving.
Ingredient substitutions and variations
- Make it a soup: What I love about this recipe is just how versatile it is. If you want to turn this side dish into a soup, just double the amount of liquid used.
- This dish tastes even better the next day, giving the cabbage a chance to soak up the flavors. It’s perfect for meal prep or if you know you’ll be busy the next day.
- To warm up the cabbage, either microwave it or warm it up in a small saucepan on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- If you eat dairy and enjoy butter, substituting the avocado oil with grass-fed butter adds a creamy delicious taste.
- Add onion for added flavor. To bring out the flavor, be sure to sautee it with the garlic in the beginning until it’s fragrant and starts to appear translucent. Then add the cabbage.
- Fresh herbs elevate the flavor with any dish, especially cabbage. When sauteing the garlic, add dried or fresh thyme, oregano, or a bay leaf for added flavor.
Whether you cook your cabbage in the Instant Pot or the stovetop, it makes for a delicious side dish. Pair it with:
- Rice or quinoa.
- Black beans or any other protein.
- Roasted potatoes or any other starchy vegetable.
- Add it to a Buddha bowl paired with quinoa and chickpeas
More easy Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
- How to Cook Chickpeas in the Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Quinoa
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- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 head of cabbage, green or purple
- 1 cup vegetable broth, or water
- ½ teaspoon sea salt, to taste
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper, to taste
- Prepare the cabbage. Remove all the outer leaves from the cabbage and rinse with water. Cut the cabbage in half. Slice each half into quarters. Using a sharp knife, removing the core from the wedges. Chop each quarter into 1-inch pieces.
- Set pressure cooker to Sauté on Normal and heat oil in the inner steel pot of the pressure cooker. Add the garlic; sauté until garlic starts to become fragrant, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute. Press Cancel.
- Add the cabbage and water to the pressure cooker.
- Lock pressure cooker lid in place and set steam vent to Sealing. Select Pressure Cook (Manual) and cook for 5 minutes on High Pressure.
- Carefully quick-release the steam and remove the lid.
- Season with salt and pepper before serving.