How to Cook Boiled Cabbage

Boiled cabbage
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Ratings (398)
  • Total: 28 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
120 Calories
8g Fat
12g Carbs
3g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)


  • 1 medium head cabbage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • Black pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Rinse the cabbage and cut it into 6 wedges.

    Cut cabbage into wedges
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  2. Add about 1/2 inch of lightly salted water to a large skillet or Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Add cabbage wedges and salt; simmer, covered, for 8 to 10 minutes.

    Add cabbage wedges to salted water in dutch oven
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  3. Turn cabbage carefully and simmer about 8 minutes longer, or until tender. Pour off water and return to low heat until moisture has evaporated. Add melted butter; coat boiled cabbage thoroughly.

    Simmer cabbage with water and butter
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  4. Sprinkle the cabbage with salt and pepper - season to taste.

    Cooked boiled cabbage and butter
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips and Variations

  • Use chicken broth or vegetable broth in place of the water.

  • Replace the salt with about 1/2 teaspoon of Creole or Cajun seasoning, or a seasoned salt blend. If the seasoning is salt-free, add salt, to taste.

  • Make homemade hot pepper sauce. Fill a sterile jar with cleaned chopped hot or mild peppers. If the peppers are small, just cut a slit in them or pierce them. In a saucepan over high heat, bring vinegar to a boil. Pour the hot vinegar over the peppers. Cover and refrigerate for a week or two before using.