This Ham and Cabbage and Potatoes recipe is an easy-to-make one-pot meal. It can be cooked on the stovetop, in a slow cooker/crock pot, and in an electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot). I have recipes for all three alternatives in this post as well as an easy way to make this a low-carb meal.

Ham and Cabbage with Potatoes in Bowl
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When I was growing up one of my favorite meals was Ham, Cabbage & Potatoes. For some reason, I always imagined that it was ridiculously difficult to make probably because I liked it so much and I’m somewhat of a picky eater.

When I got married the first time I was young and other than home ec. class in seventh and eighth grade, I had absolutely no experience with cooking or homemaking.

Large silver pot filled with ham cabbage and potatoes to make boiled ham and cabbage dinner

My mother was holding my hand walking me through cooking and meal planning. At that time, I would have been totally thrilled to eat at my parent’s home every night or to eat out but I had to grow up at some point, right?

One of the many wonderful things my mother did was to ask me what my favorite meals were that she made so that she could give me the recipes and teach me to make them myself. On my top 5 list was her recipe for ham and cabbage with potatoes.

If you’re looking for a lighter version of this recipe you can find my Ham and Cabbage Soup recipe here. It’s so easy to make and ready in 30 minutes or less!

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How-To Make Boiled Ham and Cabbage and Potatoes

You only need 3 ingredients to make this meal and the taste is absolutely amazing. If you don’t want potatoes in your meal, just omit them.

I prefer the combination of the ham, cabbage, and potatoes, but this is yours and I encourage you to make it your own and if that means leaving something out or adding something to it, by all means, do that!

For this recipe, I bought a large ham since the plan was to have leftovers. The leftovers taste amazing. The ham I purchased was almost 7 1/2 pounds. 

I also used a large head of green cabbage and some potatoes from a local farmer’s market.

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    Frequently asked questions

    Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about this recipe. If you don’t see your answer here leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

    Can a ham hock be substituted for the ham?

    Yes, it can. Keep in mind that a ham hock will add a more bacony flavor to this recipe and while imparting a wonderful flavor, it will not yield much in terms of edible meat. You can also use a smoked ham hock and/or a leftover ham bone.

    Should I substitute broth for the water in this recipe?

    No, the recipe itself produces a delicious and flavorful ham broth (ham stock) that can be saved and used in a cabbage soup recipe and a delicious ham and bean soup.

    What type of potato(es) should I use?

    My go-to potatoes for this recipe are a waxy potato variety such as French fingerling or Red Bliss (red potatoes are perfect for potato salad!). Waxy potatoes are low in starch and high in sugar and moisture and will hold their shape well throughout the cooking process. An alternative would be Yukon Gold potatoes which may be more readily available.

    Boiled Ham and Cabbage Recipe – Printable Recipes at the bottom of this post for: Stove Top Ham and Cabbage, Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage, and Electric Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Ham and Cabbage

    Large Ham Semi Boneless in wrapper used to make ham and cabbage with potatoes

    Ingredients:

    Ham – bone-in is best, NOT flavored (you can also use leftover ham) 

    Potatoes-as many or as few as you would like but 3 pounds is a good starting point (tips regarding the type of potato to use can be found in the Notes section)

    Green Cabbage-1 head

    Instructions:

    Cube the ham into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes and place on the bottom of a large pot.  I have a large stockpot that I use specifically for this recipe.  I really load it up but I make sure I leave enough room so that it doesn’t boil over.

    Next, cube the cabbage, 1-1/2 to 2-inch cubes, and layer on top of the ham.

    Peel and cube potatoes and layer on top of the cabbage.

    Cover the ham, cabbage, and potatoes with water about 1 inch above the top of potatoes.

    Cook on high heat and bring to a boil.

    Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft and cabbage is cooked-approximately 60 minutes. Check the potatoes every 15 to 20 minutes so that they are not overcooked. You want them to hold their shape and not get mushy.

    Use a slotted spoon to serve.

    I like to save the broth for ham and bean soup.

    That’s it-super simple and oh so good!

    Printable Ham and Cabbage Recipes Below-

    Stove Top – One Pot

    Ham Cabbage and Potatoes – STOVE TOP Single Pot

    Mary Beth
    Ham, Cabbage & Potatoes-How to make ham and cabbage. This boiled ham and cabbage recipe is one of my favorite recipes as well as my family's. It's super easy to make, only three ingredients needed, and I like to add potatoes to make it even heartier.
    4.3 from 34 votes
    Prep Time 30 mins
    Cook Time 1 hr
    Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
    Course Dinner
    Cuisine American
    Servings 16 servings
    Calories 373 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 7 pound ham bone-in is best, not flavored
    • 3 pounds potatoes
    • 1 head cabbage approximately 2 pounds

    Instructions
     

    • Cube the ham into 1 to 1 1/2 inch cubes and place on the bottom of a large pot.  I have a large stockpot that I use specifically for this recipe.  I really load it up but I make sure I leave enough room so that it doesn’t boil over.
    • Next, cube the cabbage, 1-1/2 to 2-inch cubes, and layer on top of the ham.
    • Peel and cube potatoes and layer on top of the cabbage.
    • Cover the ham, cabbage, and potatoes with water about 1 inch above the top of potatoes.
    • Cook on high heat and bring to a boil.
    • Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft and cabbage is cooked-approximately 60 minutes.

    Notes

    • As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.
    • Easily make this dish low carb by omitting the potatoes.

    Nutrition

    Nutrition Facts
    Ham Cabbage and Potatoes – STOVE TOP Single Pot
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 373 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 10g15%
    Saturated Fat 2g13%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
    Cholesterol 127mg42%
    Sodium 1954mg85%
    Carbohydrates 24g8%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 5g6%
    Protein 47g94%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    P.S. I made this huge pot with enough for 2 meals for my family of 5 for close to $20.00

    Instant Pot Ham, Cabbage, and Potatoes

    Instant Pot Ham, Cabbage, and Potatoes

    Mary Beth
    Electric Pressure Cooker – Instant Pot Ham and Cabbage with Potatoes can be served as a delicious main dish.
    4.62 from 13 votes
    Prep Time 30 mins
    Cook Time 10 mins
    Additional Time 15 mins
    Total Time 55 mins
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Servings 8
    Calories 442 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 3 pound ham bone-in is best, not flavored
    • 2 pounds potatoes
    • 1 head cabbage approximately 2 pounds
    • 1 cup water

    Instructions
     

    • Place all ingredients in Instant Pot.
    • Set to cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
    • Allow pressure to release naturally or use the quick release method 15 minutes are cooking is completed.
    • Serve!

    Notes

    • I have tested this recipe in my Instant Pot but you can use any 6-8 quart electric pressure cooker.
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    • As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.
    • Easily make this dish low carb by omitting the potatoes.

    Nutrition

    Nutrition Facts
    Instant Pot Ham, Cabbage, and Potatoes
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 442 Calories from Fat 261
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 29g45%
    Saturated Fat 10g63%
    Cholesterol 105mg35%
    Sodium 2039mg89%
    Potassium 679mg19%
    Carbohydrates 7g2%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 38g76%
    Vitamin A 111IU2%
    Vitamin C 42mg51%
    Calcium 57mg6%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    Keyword dinner, ham and cabbage, instant pot, recipe
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    Crockpot – Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage Recipe Below

    Ham, Cabbage, Potatoes

    Crock Pot Ham and Cabbage and Potatoes

    Mary Beth
    Delicious ham, cabbage, and potatoes made in the crock pot or slow cooker
    0 from 0 votes
    Prep Time 30 mins
    Cook Time 5 hrs
    Total Time 5 hrs 30 mins
    Course Dinner
    Cuisine American, Irish, Polish
    Servings 8 people
    Calories 442 kcal

    Equipment

    Slow Cooker – Crock pot

    Ingredients
      

    • 3 pound Ham with Ham Bone – NOT flavored
    • 2 pounds potatoes
    • 1 head green cabbage

    Instructions
     

    • Cube the ham into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces and place on the bottom of a 6 quart crock pot. 
    • Next, cube the cabbage, 1-1/2 to 2-inch cubes, and layer on top of the ham.
    • Peel and cube potatoes and layer on top of the cabbage.
    • Cover the ham, cabbage, and potatoes with water about 1 inch above the top of the potatoes.
    • Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours until the cabbage and potatoes are tender.

    Nutrition

    Nutrition Facts
    Crock Pot Ham and Cabbage and Potatoes
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 442 Calories from Fat 261
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 29g45%
    Saturated Fat 10g63%
    Cholesterol 105mg35%
    Sodium 2039mg89%
    Potassium 679mg19%
    Carbohydrates 7g2%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 38g76%
    Vitamin A 111IU2%
    Vitamin C 42mg51%
    Calcium 57mg6%
    Iron 2mg11%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    Keyword ham and cabbage, ham cabbage potatoes
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