The Easiest and Tastiest Buttered Cabbage Ever

Cabbage is a great, and often overlooked, side dish.

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It goes well with so many different main courses but one of my favorite ways to serve this buttered cabbage side dish is with my parmesan-crusted air fryer pork chops as an alternative to my old-fashioned mashed potato go-to.

Regular green cabbage is usually a relatively inexpensive vegetable as well which is another plus.

I recently got two fresh heads and was going to make my Mom’s sweet and sour cabbage but decided to change things up a bit and make this butter sauteed alternative instead. When this was all cooked up it tasted almost like pierogies or haluski without all the extra carbs and it’s gluten-free which is a nice side dish my whole family can enjoy.

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    The full recipe with instructions are available in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. You can find helpful tips and tricks within the blog post itself.

    Common Questions:

    How to Prepare Cabbage for Cooking and Eating

    Before eating cabbage whether raw or when prepping it for cooking you will want to wash it. This is an important step that cannot be skipped because worms and insects could be inside the head. The first step is to remove the thick outer cabbage leaves. Next, you’ll cut it into wedges and rinse under cool running water in a colander. Further steps will depend on what you’ll be making so be sure to refer to the instructions of the individual cabbage recipe.

    Can You Freeze Cooked Cabbage?

    Yes, you absolutely can. Allow the cooked cabbage to cool down then transfer to a zip-lock freezer bag. I like to use these rack holders to hold my bags for hands-free freezer meal prep. They make this step so much easier. Once the boiled cabbage is in the bag, gently remove the air, seal tightly, and freeze for up to 5 months.

    Can This Be Made in a Pressure Cooker?

    Yes, you can make Instant Pot Buttered Cabbage easily. I’ve included the details in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

    How Long Does it Take to Cook Instant Pot Cabbage?

    Shredded Cabbage takes approximately 6 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker.

    What Else Can I Add to Jazz This Up a Bit?

    In the sautee phase, you can add bacon, chopped onion, and/or fresh garlic.

    Do You Have a Corned Beef Recipe That Would Pair Well With This Recipe?

    At this time, I don’t but I do have a delicious Slow Cooker Creamy Reuben Dip. I will update this post when I have a great corned beef recipe to serve with this buttered cabbage.

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    Overhead view of buttered cabbage in a white enamelware pot

    Buttered Cabbage

    Mary Beth
    Easy and delicious buttered cabbage – great side dish.
    0 from 0 votes
    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 30 mins
    Total Time 40 mins
    Course Side Dish
    Cuisine American
    Servings 8 people
    Calories 81 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 2 pounds green cabbage 1 large head
    • 3 tbsp butter
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • salt to taste
    • black pepper to taste

    Instructions
     

    • Remove outer leaves, rinse in cool water, remove the core, and then chop.

    Stove Top Directions

    • Add butter and olive oil to pot and allow the butter to melt over low heat.
    • Add the shredded cabbage, salt, and black pepper to the above mixture and cover with water. Vegetable or chicken broth can be substituted for the water to add another dimension of flavor to this dish.
    • Bring to boil over medium-high heat and stir occasionally.
    • Once the water begins to boil, lower heat and cover with a lid.
    • Simmer for 15 minutes until the steamed cabbage is tender stirring occasionally.

    Instant Pot Directions

    • Place water (or broth) and butter into Instant Pot.
    • Add shredded cabbage.
    • Close lid properly and make sure valve is set to "sealing".
    • Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
    • Once done, allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes.
    • After 5 minutes press Cancel and use a SAFE quick release method (refer to manufacturer's instructions/user manual).
    • Once all pressure is safely released, remove lid.
    • Stir. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Slow Cooker Instructions

    • Add all ingredients to slow cooker.
    • Cook on Low setting for 5 – 6 hours stirring occasionally until tender.

    Notes

    Make a little extra to have some the next day. I think it tastes better after everything has had a chance to mingle. 
    Recommended equipment and tools:
    Pot – a good large pot with a lid. I prefer All-Clad but there are other quality brands as well. 
    Slotted Spoon
    Instant Pot – This is the one I have and use often
    Serving Bowl – something pretty to serve up your creation!

    Nutrition

    Nutrition Facts
    Buttered Cabbage
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 81 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 6g9%
    Saturated Fat 3g19%
    Trans Fat 1g
    Cholesterol 11mg4%
    Sodium 58mg3%
    Potassium 194mg6%
    Carbohydrates 7g2%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 242IU5%
    Vitamin C 42mg51%
    Calcium 47mg5%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    Keyword buttered cabbage, cabbage, instant pot, recipe, shredded cabbage, slow cooker
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    Buttered Cabbage Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    1 head of green cabbage

    3 tablespoons of butter (can substitute ghee)

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    salt to taste

    Black pepper to taste

    Enough water to just cover the cabbage

    Steamed-cabbage-with-butter-from-cupcakeandcrinoline.com

    Instructions:

    1.  Remove outer leaves from cabbage, rinse in cool water, remove the core and then chop.

    2.  Add butter and olive oil to pot and allow the butter to melt over low heat.

    3.  Add the shredded cabbage, salt, and black pepper to the above mixture and cover with water. Vegetable or chicken broth can be substituted for the water to add another dimension of flavor to this dish.

    4.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir occasionally.

    5.  Once the water begins to boil lower heat and cover with a lid.

    6.  Simmer for 15 minutes until the steamed cabbage is tender stirring occasionally.

    You’ll want to make extra of this to save for a treat the next day.  I think it’s almost better as a leftover.

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