This recipe for the Easy Instant Pot Cabbage is so easy and delicious. Cooked cabbage makes a great healthy side dish that can be served with so many things. Gluten-free, vegan, and paleo. 

bowl of cooked cabbage with gold forks

Recipe Highlights

If you haven’t eaten cooked cabbage in awhile, it’s time to bring this vegetable back into rotation. This healthy vegetable should not just be reserved for St. Patrick’s Day.

Despite how pungent cabbage can smell, it’s actually fairly mild in flavor once it’s cooked down. Really, I promise! And, the pressure cooker (I recommend a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot) is the absolute perfect appliance for cooking cabbage. 

Cooked cabbage is an incredibly versatile side dish. You can serve it with anything from a roast, sausages, or roast chicken, to plant-based options like black beans or tempeh. 

chopped cabbage in instant pot

Recipe Steps

Step One

The first step to this recipe is to gather up your cabbage and about 3/4 of a cup of broth. You’ll also need some dried herbs like thyme or oregano. 

ingredients for instant pot cooked cabbage

Step Two

Pour the broth in the pot with the chopped cabbage on top. Then, just lock on the lid and set the time (see the recipe card below for exact measurements and details).

Step Three

When the cooking time is up, use the quick-release to remove the lid. This will ensure that the cabbage doesn’t get overcooked. 

cooked cabbage in instant pot

Step Four

Use tongs to remove the cooked cabbage to a serving bowl. 

cooked cabbage up close


Can I use a 6-quart pressure cooker for this cooked cabbage recipe?

Yes, but remember to never fill the bowl over the “max” line.

What is the total time from start to finish for this pressure cooker cabbage recipe?

The cooking time is only 4 minutes, but you do need to allow at least 8-10 minutes for the pot to come up to pressure. So, from start to finish, it takes about 15-20 minutes to cook cabbage in a pressure cooker.

Can I use water instead of broth?

Yes, but your cooked cabbage made in the pressure cooker will have a lot more flavor if you use broth.

Will this cooked cabbage recipe make my kitchen stink?

You likely won’t smell the cabbage while it’s cooking, but you will get the odor of cooked cabbage when you release the pressure and/or open the lid. Ideally, you would open a window to get the smell of cooked cabbage out of your kitchen. 

Could I pressure cook a whole cabbage without chopping it?

Yes, I’m sure you can! But, I haven’t tried it and chopping the cabbage at least into wedges will ensure that it gets cooked through.

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Here’s the printable recipe:


Easiest Instant Pot Cabbage (3 Ingredients)

bowl of instant pot cabbage with dried herbs on top

This recipe for the Easy Instant Pot Cabbage is so easy and delicious. Cooked cabbage makes a great healthy side dish that can be served with so many things.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 head green cabbage, chopped roughly
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or dried thyme
  • 3/4 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the cabbage, dried herbs, and broth to the bowl of an 6-quart or 8-quart electric pressure cooker.
  2. Lock the lid and set the time to 4 minutes at high pressure.
  3. When the cooking time is complete, carefully use the quick-release to get rid of the pressure. Remove the lid and use tongs to remove the cabbage to a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. 
  4. Serve hot and refrigerate or freeze any leftovers.

Keywords: how to cook cabbage in the instant pot, pressure cooker cabbage, instant pot cooked cabbage

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