Boiled Cabbage

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Boiled Cabbage is just the thing when you’re looking for a simple yummy side dish! Simply boil the cabbage until tender and drizzle with butter, salt & pepper. 

Cabbage is packed with vitamins, nutrients, and tons of fiber and this recipe makes for a great side for any chicken, beef, or pork dish!

Boiled Cabbage on a white plate with salt & pepper

Boiled cabbage is great for a simple side or an easy meatless dinner combined with potatoes. For a meatier version, just add some bacon or kielbasa and other seasonings to the mix!

How to Cut Cabbage

Remove any discolored or torn leaves on the outside. Keep the root intact to keep the leaves together.

Cut cabbage into wedges of four or eight (depending on the size of the head of cabbage).

Wedges of raw cabbage used for Boiled Cabbage

How to Boil Cabbage

  1. Bring water (or broth) to a boil in a large pot. If using plain water, add a pinch of salt.
  2. Submerge the cabbage and cook until it is tender.
  3. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cabbage wedges can be simply made with water, or boiled with chicken broth for extra flavor.

Cabbage in a pot for Boiled Cabbage

How Long to Boil Cabbage

Whether the cabbage is in wedges or in strips, boil until it is fork-tender, about 8 to 12 minutes.

Cabbage can be steamed too, but it takes longer. Drain well before seasoning.

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Boiled Cabbage on a white plate with salt & pepper
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Review Recipe

Boiled Cabbage

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 8 wedges
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Boiled Cabbage is healthy, tasty and ready in under 15 minutes!


  • 1 head cabbage small
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • bacon fat optional (or 2 slices bacon)

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  • Remove any discolored leaves from the cabbage. Cut the head of cabbage in half and cut each half into 1 1/2" wedges leaving the root intact to hold the wedges together.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. If using bacon fat, or bacon, add to the boiling water for flavor.
  • Add cabbage wedges and boil 8-12 minutes or just until tender.
  • Drain well, drizzle with butter and season with salt & pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

Water can be replaced with broth for more flavor.
Top with crispy bacon bits if desired.
Cabbage can be chopped into 1" strips instead of wedges if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 53, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 45mg, Potassium: 193mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 199IU, Vitamin C: 42mg, Calcium: 45mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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