Instant Pot Cabbage (Savoy Cabbage)

Savoy Cabbage on a plate next to the Instant Pot

Instant Pot Cabbage is an easy side dish recipe to prepare using green or savoy cabbage.  We love it as an inexpensive and different green side dish to serve with dinner!

This vegetable has a tender mild flavor, is ready in less than 20 minutes and goes with so many main dishes like Pork Tenderloin or Grilled Tilapia.

Instant Pot Cabbage

Cabbage is a superfood. It is a cruciferous vegetable just like broccoli, kale and other greens.

This leafy green is a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients. It is an anti-inflammatory food, contains powerful anti-oxidants and is high in fiber.

There are many varieties and colors available. Some of the most common are green, red, and purple and white.

Raw cabbage is shredded to make coleslaw. The different colors of raw leaves can give your coleslaw a variety of colors or use one type of for color consistency.

Easy coleslaw made with angel hair cabbage and Duke's dressing in an open Rubbermaid container sitting on it's blue top on a green counter.
Easy Coleslaw {Duke’s – 3 Ingredients}

Instant Pot Cabbage – Seasoning

We use olive oil for flavoring instead of butter for buttered cabbage. This makes it perfect for a healthy diet (like the Mediterranean Diet) using healthy oils. It has lower fat instead of using butter.

You can use vegetable broth for vegan or vegetarian side dish or to add a little different flavor. You could also use chicken broth instead of water to cook the vegetable in the instant pot.

Add onion powder, garlic, salt, pepper, or Cajon seasonings before cooking to infuse the flavors in the instant pot while cooking.

What is Savoy Cabbage?

Savoy cabbage is a variety that is milder and sweeter than regular green or white types. It has wrinkled leaves that give it a delightful texture compared to smooth green or white types. It tastes wonderful flavored only with a little olive oil and cooked in the instant pot.

Pressure cooker and savoy cabbage ready to cook.
Savoy Cabbage

Instant Pot Cabbage Recipe Ingredients

For this easy recipe you will need a head of cabbage (savoy or green ), water, olive oil and optional seasonings if desired.

Cabbage – Savoy or green or white


Olive Oil

Optional Seasonings – Salt, Pepper, Cajun Seasoning

Optional Broth – Instead of water use chicken broth or vegetable broth.

Instant Pot Cabbage – Pressure Cooker Instructions

Cook cabbage in the pressure cooker  to retain all of its healthy vitamins and keep its fresh taste.  Let me warn you – once you try cooking in the Instant Pot you won’t want to go back to your old cooking method of boiling cabbage!

Cooking Steps

  • Wash and cut cabbage into small pieces.
  • Place water and cabbage into instant pot.
  • Season as desired with salt, pepper, Cajun seasonings or your preference.
  • Add olive oil.
  • Close lid and turn to seal.
  • Turn valve to sealing.
  • Press manual (high pressure) for 7 minutes. (Time can be adjusted to 4 minutes for firm or 7 minutes for softer.)
  • Release pressure by turning valve to venting.
Instant Pot Cabbage
Savoy Cabbage Instant Pot

Instant Pot Cabbage Related Recipes

Other pressure cooker recipes that will help make your life easier:

Deviled Eggs

Pork Tenderloin

Fresh Purple Hull Peas


How long to pressure cook cabbage?

Pressure cook cabbage for 4 to 7 minutes depending on how soft or firm you want the cabbage to be. Shorter time of 4 minutes will result in firm cabbage and 7 minutes will make it softer.

Is cabbage a vegetable?

Yes, cabbage is a vegetable. You can eat the leaves raw or cooked.

Is cabbage healthy?

Yes, cabbage has many vitamins and minerals. It is an anti-inflammatory food and full of antioxidants.

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Instant Pot Cabbage (Savoy Cabbage)

Instant Pot Cabbage recipe is an easy, flavorful and healthy side dish that is cooks in less than 10 minutes in the instant pot. Use regular green cabbage or savoy cabbage flavored with olive oil for a healthy vegan or vegetarian side dish.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Low Fat, Low Salt
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 40kcal
Cost: $5


  • head Cabbage (washed and cut)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. olive oil


  • Remove outer leaves from head of cabbage. Rinse cabbage thoroughly under cold running water in the sink.
  • Roughly chop the green leaves into 2 or 3 inch sized pieces and place in a bowl. Rinse under cold water and drain.
  • Pour cut cabbage directly into the silver bowl in your Instant Pot.
  • Cover with one cup water and add about a teaspoon of salt according to your taste and 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Set to manual for 7 minutes. If you like firm cabbage you can set it to 5 minutes instead.
  • After cooking is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes.
  • Release any remaining pressure with a slotted spoon. Keep your fingers clear of the steam.
  • Turn Instant Pot off, unplug and carefully remove top.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Nutritional analysis is an estimate and will vary according to ingredients and serving size.
Plain green cabbage can be used instead of savoy cabbage. Prepare using the same directions.
If you like firm cabbage, release the pressure immediately after cooking. The longer it cooks and the longer you leave it to release the pressure naturally controls how much more tender the final product will be.
You can add any spices that you like such as fresh black pepper, garlic or Cajun seasoning before you cook the cabbage. You can also add ham (I like the prepackaged diced ham) or cooked bacon to the instant pot with the cabbage before cooking. If you use ham or bacon you won’t need to add salt.
You can use vegetable broth or chicken broth instead of water for more flavor.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.2g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 2g | Fiber: 2g

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