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Instant Pot Buttered Cabbage

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This Buttered Instant Pot Cabbage is the easiest way to make delicious cabbage in your Instant Pot. Only 5 ingredients in this delicious side dish.

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It’s so simple. Yes, this Buttered Instant Pot Cabbage is so simple that I almost didn’t make it a blog post. But I promised I’d post more recipes that weren’t too complicated yet still were great on flavor. So here’s to delicious cabbage made right in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

My family and I love to visit different churches in the rural parts of North Carolina. One of our favorite things to do after church is to…eat. One of our favorite churches feeds us after service and it’s some of the best soul food cooking you can have. I’m talking baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, and cabbage.

The cabbage is perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned, and so very delicious. So I converted the recipe to my Instant Pot so I can have cabbage whenever I want.

How to prepare cabbage for cooking

In order to cook this cabbage in the Pressure Cooker, start by washing and cutting the cabbage. First, cut the cabbage in half. Then core the cabbage by removing the tough stems. I cut a “V” shape around the core and remove it.

cabbage cored and cut into 4 pieces

Lay the cabbage side by side and cut each half into four separate pieces. Then, slice across the pieces and cut cabbage into 1 inch pieces. It shall fall apart into a ton of pieces but that is ok.

cabbage cut into pieces

How to cook cabbage in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

First, add your liquid to the insert. I use 1 cup of chicken broth. Then add your butter and lay your cut cabbage on top.

You can fill your Instant Pot to the top so long as the cabbage doesn’t interfere with closing of the lid or touch the lid when closed. The cabbage will shrink when cooking. I do the same thing when I make my Pressure Cooker Collard Greens.

Once you’ve placed your cabbage in the pressure cooker, cover and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Once your timer is done, do a quick release and add your salt and pepper.

How long does it take to cook cabbage in a pressure cooker?

That will honestly depend. I prefer 6 minutes as it makes the cabbage nice and soft but not too mushy. For cabbage with a little more crisp, you can reduce the time to 4 minutes. My pressure cooker takes about 15 minutes to come to pressure with this recipe.

Can I sub ingredients?

Yes. You can sub vegetable broth for chicken broth if you want to make it Vegeterian. Add other vegetables like carrots or thick cut potatoes as well.

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Instant Pot Buttered Cabbage

This buttered Instant Pot Cabbage is easy and delicious and can be made right in your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker. It’s one of our favorite ways to eat cabbage.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot cabbage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Time to come to pressure 15 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 263kcal
Author Tanya


  • 1 head of cabbage chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ cup butter unsalted
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Salt & fresh ground pepper


  • Add chicken broth and butter into instant pot insert. Add chopped cabbage to the top. Close lid, ensuring that valve is set to “Sealing”
  • Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Once done, press Cancel on Instant Pot. Quick release by slowly moving valve to “Venting.” Once all pressure is released, open lid.
  • Stir cabbage. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.




  • This recipe was prepared in a 6Qt Instant Pot Duo.
  • You can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth. You can also omit the butter, but then it wouldn’t be buttered cabbage.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon.
  • I highly recommend investing in a good black pepper grinder. There is nothing like fresh ground pepper.


Calories: 263kcal
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ingredients for instant pot cabbage in the instant pot before cooking Add your chicken broth, butter, to the Instant Pot. Then add your cabbage on the top.cover of instant pot with valve set to sealing Cover your Instant Pot and make sure your valve is set to “Sealing”front of instant pot with timer set to 6 minutes high pressure Press Pressure Cook (Or Manual on some models) and adjust timer to 6 minutes by using the “+” or “-” buttons. Make sure it’s set to High of instant pot with valve set to venting When timer goes off, press Cancel and carefully switch the valve from “sealing” to “venting” Some people use a spoon or dish towel to avoid the steam.ingredients for instant pot cabbage in the instant pot after cooking Once all the pressure is released, open the Instant Pot and season the cabbage with salt and pepper. Stir and serve with a slotted spoon.

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James Wedding

Thursday 18th of November 2021

I have used this recipe 4 times now. But I add 1/3 cup of sugar on top of cabbage Yummy yummy.


Wednesday 17th of November 2021

I did cut back on the butter a little bit but this was absolutely delicious! My new, quick way to cook cabbage. Thank you!!


Wednesday 15th of September 2021

Can u add the seasoning before it cooks? Can u add more broth & add it last & pour over the cabbage?


Thursday 16th of September 2021

Hi Shelly, yes you can do both. You still want to make sure there is some broth to make sure the machine rises to pressure. More broth is fine too but the recipe as is produces a good bit of broth.


Tuesday 10th of August 2021

Made this exactly as written. REALLY liked it as did everyone I served it to...However, I thought 6 minutes was a bit long. Mine came out a bit "soggy" for my liking. The next time I made it, I added onion, garlic powder, cut back on the butter and added a dollop of bacon fat and cooked it 5 minutes. Still a bit soggy. Today, I tried again and cooked it with the added things but cut the cook time down to 4 minutes with a 1-minute natural release and then a quick release. I have found the "sweet spot" for this dish! I think the onion, garlic powder and bacon fat really adds to the finished dish!


Saturday 26th of June 2021

We tried this method for dinner tonight, the corned beef came out wonderful, I needed a spatula to get it out of the pot. The cabbage and potatoes needed much longer than 5 minutes. I started at 6, then released and forked them and they were still had, did 10 more, which is more like 20 bc of the pressurization process, and still weren’t done.