Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage

This Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage and Potatoes recipe is an easy-to-make one-pot meal requiring minimal effort. It is sure to become one of your family's favorite comfort foods.

If you love easy recipes this one definitely fits the bill.

I also have the boiled ham and cabbage version of this recipe here and the recipe for instant pot ham and cabbage here.

Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage served in a white bowl

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A lighter, low-carb soup version of this recipe is my Ham and Cabbage Soup. It’s so easy to make and ready in 30 minutes or less.

More delicious Freezer to slow cooker recipes can be found here.

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My perfect meal version is the combination of the ham, tender 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!

Bowl of ham and cabbage on a beautiful wooden charcuterie board with a black and white striped farmhouse napkin on a shabby chic wooden table

💌Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Clean up is easy.
  • It's a simple main dish meal.
  • Delicious flavor!

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


Glass measuring cup filled with cubed leftover ham used for an old-fashioned ham salad recipe
  • ham
  • cabbage
  • potatoes

See recipe card for quantities.


Empty Instant Pot, large bowl with cubed cabbage, large bowl with cubed ham chunks, and bowl with peeled and cubed potatoes - ingredients used to make Instant Pot Ham and Cabbage

This is an overview of the instructions. The full recipe and instructions as well as nutritional information can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  1. Cube the ham into smaller pieces,1 to 1 ½ inch cubes, and place on the bottom of the slow cooker
  2. Next, cut the cabbage into wedges and place cabbage on top of the ham cubes.
  3. Clean potatoes, peel and cube, and layer on top of the cabbage.
  4. Cover the ham, cabbage, and potatoes with water about 1 inch above the top of potatoes.
  5. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours until the cabbage and potatoes are tender.

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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 ham hocks 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. 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, 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 a soup recipes like this delicious ham and bean soup, using vegetable stock or 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 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 or two bay leaves 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 5 to 10 pounds. A good rule of thumb is to allow approximately 1/2 pound of bone-in ham per guest.

🍽 Equipment

Hamilton Beach Portable 6-Quart Set and Forget Digital Programmable Slow Cooker with Lid Lock, Temperature Probe, Stainless Steel
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A good slow cooker is all that's needed for this delicious recipe! This is the one I have and have used for over a decade.

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📖 Recipe

Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage and Potatoes

Easy to make Slow Cooker Ham and Cabbage - perfect for busy days! Only 3 ingredients needed. Start it in the morning and enjoy a warm and delicious complete meal in the evening.
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Ham, Cabbage, Potatoes
Prep Time:30 minutes
Cook Time:5 hours
Total Time:5 hours 30 minutes


  • Slow Cooker - Crock pot


  • 3 pound Ham with Ham Bone - NOT flavored
  • 2 pounds potatoes
  • 1 head green cabbage
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Cube the ham into 1 to 1 ½ inch pieces and place on the bottom of a 6 quart crock pot. 
    3 pound Ham
  • Next, cut the cabbage into wedges and layer on top of the ham.
    1 head green cabbage
  • Peel and cube potatoes and layer on top of the cabbage.
    2 pounds potatoes
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
    ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 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.

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.


Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 2039mg | Potassium: 679mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 442kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $15.00

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