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Ham, Cabbage & Potatoes~Easy One Pot Meal

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.

This boiled Ham and Cabbage and Potatoes recipe is an easy-to-make one-pot meal requiring minimal effort but resulting in maximum flavor.

Overhead view of a white bowl with ham and cabbage and potatoes in it after being made in an Instant Pot

If you're looking for the recipe for Instant Pot Ham and Cabbage with Potatoes you can find that here and the Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage recipe can be found here.

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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.

Jump to:

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.

Green bowl filled with homemade ham and cabbage

On my top 5 list was her recipe for ham and cabbage with potatoes.

If you’re looking for a lighter, low-carb soup version of this 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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Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about this recipe plus a few notes (tips). 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 bacon-y 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.

What kind of ham works best in this recipe?

A fully cooked bone in ham is my go-to choice but you can also use ham slices as long as they are not flavored, as in not a smoked ham or other ham to which flavors have been added prior to cooking.

What goes well with this dish?

I enjoy serving this with a Traditional Irish Soda Bread. If you've never made a loaf before it is so easy and there's no yeast involved so it's ready in less than an hour. You can get my favorite recipe right here.

When cubing the ham cut off as much of the fat as you can. There usually isn't a lot so this will be an easy process.

Leftovers from a previous ham dinner will also work well.

I do not recommend spiral cut hams because these are usually flavored.

How much ham is needed?

I cook big meals but you can use as much or as little as you like.

Leftover ham works well as do ham slices or a whole bone in or boneless ham.

While I used 7 ½ pounds of ham in the photos shared in this post for the stove top version, that may seem like a bit much for many of you and next time, I'll probably use a smaller whole ham.

Can I substitute broth for the water in this recipe?

Yes.

Even though the recipe itself produces a delicious and flavorful ham broth (ham stock) that can be saved and used in soup recipes like this delicious ham and bean soup, using vegetable broth, chicken broth, or beef broth is a great way to add an even deeper level of flavor if desired.

What type of potato(es) should I use?

My go-to potatoes for this great meal are a waxy potato variety such as French fingerling or Red Bliss (red potatoes are also perfect for Grandma's Old-Fashioned Potato Salad!).

Waxy potatoes are preferred because they 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.

Can any spices or seasonings be added?

This is totally up to you.

If you are concerned that the flavor may be a bit heavy, a single bay leaf can be added for the cooking process and removed prior to serving.

No added salt is required since ham is an inherently salty meat.

A note about bone-in hams:

Bone-in hams are available in many sizes. Whole hams are usually anywhere from 10 to 18 pounds while half hams are from 3 to 10 pounds.

A good rule of thumb is to allow approximately ½ pound of bone-in ham per guest.

Boiled Ham and Cabbage Recipe

  • If you want a low-carb version, simply omit the potatoes.
  • For this recipe, I went to the grocery store and bought the key ingredient, a large ham since the plan was to have leftovers.
  • This easy ham recipe is a delicious blend of ham and cabbage and potatoes and is a delightful year round meal.
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 smaller pieces,1 to 1 ½ 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, 1-½ to 2-inch cubes. Place cabbage cubes on top of the ham.
  • Clean potatoes, peel and cube, 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.
ham and potatoes on a spoon with a bowl filled beneath it

I like to save the broth to use in other ham recipes like this ham and bean deliciously tasty soup.

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

If you love this recipe please give it a 5 star rating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ham Cabbage and Potatoes - STOVE TOP Single Pot

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.
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ham and potatoes on a spoon with a bowl filled beneath it
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:1 hr
Total Time:1 hr 30 mins

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 ½ 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, 1-½ 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.

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1954mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 373kcal
Author: Mary Beth

P.S. I made this huge pot with enough for 2 meals for my family of 5 for close to $20.00

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ham and cabbage with potatoes in bowl cooked

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43 Comments

  1. Lisa@blessedwithgrace says:

    Sounds good to me!! Thanks.

  2. Looks delicious and easy. A one pot meal. Do you serve anything else with it?

    1. I like to serve this with fresh bread for dipping into the 'broth'. Italian bread or French bread are my favorites. : )

    1. Thank you : ) We used 6 large potatoes.

  3. Geri@heartnsoulcooking says:

    I love one pot meals and this one sounds GREAT!!!
    Geri

  4. Sounds so tasty. My Grandma used to make a dish like this and I loved it. Thank you very much! PS, I love your blog 🙂

  5. Love this growing up. Forgot how long to cook. Thanks. Usually after the potatoes and cabbage are done I get a big pan under the strainer, the juices I turn into gravy with alittle bit of flour and milk. Thanks so much for the instructions. have to run to turn down the stove.

  6. Ham, cabbage and potatoes is always a feel good, reminds me of my childhood, autumn type meal. I guess my mom cheated though as we do it in the pressure cooker, so it's literally just a few minutes to make. I actually have some on the stove now. I'm going to have to try to make it this way now too.

    YUMMY!

  7. I usually add onion and cook in the crock pot all day!! So good and so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe! Since finding it, I have prepared it four yummy times! I smell it cooking as I type!

  9. Make this today-great recipe - only used 1/2 head cabbage - c0oked it in the slow cooker on High for 3 hours and on stove top for 1/2 hour.
    Will make it again soon.

  10. This is a tradition on the eastern shore of Maryland. I make it after we have finished a ham and have the bone with some meat left on it. I boil/simmer the ham bone for 1 hour, then add the potatoes and cabbage and continue cooking for another 45 minutes. We serve it with apple cider vinegar and biscuits!

  11. My mom always added carrots or rutabaga (turnip) just to add some color.

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  13. My mom use to make this and I didn't like it, so she always made split pea soup with it, which I loved. I asked her how to make her split pea soup and she laughed and said well you have to make ham and cabbage first.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I've never tried or made split pea soup....I'll have to try it! Thanks for stopping by, Wendy.

  14. sounds great can't wait to try it!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Marie!

  15. This is a great recipe. I have eaten this since my childhood. The only thing we do differently is to cook it all in Chicken broth instead of water..........Thanks for bringing it back to my attention.
    Ron

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Ron. I'll have to try chicken broth the next time I make this.

  16. I really like dishes that contain cabbage and this one looks really tasty. I cannot wait to cook it!

  17. Montanasugrplm says:

    🎃 Your recipe is great… I would only add carrots because they give a sweet Flavor … in my 79 Years I have cooked this wonderful, healthy meal .. for my family and also for guests…
    Guests love it… I add sourdough bread and butter and a homemade jelly… It is truly a delicious meal……And I add a jello with apple cut up in it… banana on top and a dab of whip cream ( Out of the can or home made)…YUMMY
    This is good old fashioned cooking at its best… easy… no stress and totally DELISH 🎃
    I wish you all good health, and a prosperous, holiday season..
    Another great memory… Thank you

    Happy Trails🧡

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and I will have to remember to add carrots the next time I make this and I loved the idea of adding sourdough bread to the menu. Thank you again...so very much, and a healthy and prosperous holiday season to you as well. 🧡🧡🧡

  18. Sally Heller says:

    Can you use Napa Cabbage in this recipe

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Sally, You can use Napa Cabbage for this recipe. The end result will be slightly sweeter but just as delicious.

  19. Can I make this w ham steaks?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You sure can, Julie! I've done that and it's just as delicious.

  20. carol lassiter says:

    This is one of my favorite meals at home on a cool evening.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      This is one of my favorite meals as well!

  21. I made this using a 3lb canned ham. With Inflation rising every day, I am buying canned food which store longer. It was AMAZING!!! Freezing some of the broth for soup later.. thank you so much for posting this!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Using canned ham is such a great tip especially now, Laura! Thanks so much for sharing. xo

    2. I feel you, I just found ham on sale and bought a 20 pounder, cut it up and froze it! Enough ham for quite a few meals.

  22. Thanks for posting this, it’s my favorite recipe from growing up, just like my mom made. I simmer the ham for an hour, then add the potatoes and cabbage, I don’t like my cabbage too mushy so 20 minutes is enough. There’s so many recipes adding vegetables and weird stuff, I just wanted the simple three ingredient recipe!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You are so welcome, Laura! I'm glad the recipe is what you were looking for and that is so smart to buy a large ham and then freeze it for other meals. We've got to think smart especially right now. Have an awesome day.

  23. I made this with some hesitation, how could just these few ingredients make a good meal. BUT THEY DID! It was so delicious and quick, we all loved it. Pure comfort food! The only thing I changed was veggie stock for water, otherwise kept the recipe as is. Really good!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I am so glad you liked the recipe, Emjay, and thank you so much for letting me know. xo

  24. How long do you cook for on the stove top? And how much water? Thanks

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Nicole, Cover the ham, cabbage, and potatoes with water so that the water level is about 1 inch above the top of the layers - this will depend on the size of your pot so just keep adding water until it reaches this level. Cook on high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are soft and cabbage is cooked-approximately 60 minutes. But, 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. Depending on the potatoes and cabbage everything can be done cooking in 20 minutes. xo, Mary Beth

  25. Sharon Wilcox says:

    This was one of my favorites as a child as well. I still love it so much, especially the 2nd and 3rd day. I have started adding a little bag of carrots just for variety 😊

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you for the carrot tip! I will try that the next time I make it. xo

  26. I made this today X2 but I added chicken broth, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Tasted delicious!!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much for letting me know you tried the recipe and you liked it, and thanks for letting me know your variation! Sounds wonderful.