How To Boil Cabbage

We've created a variety of recipes that highlight the humble cabbage, from steamed to braised to fried with bacon

That being said, when we want a no-frills, straightforward side dish—or the missing piece to our St. Patrick's Day meal—we choose one of the most basic methods: boiling.

 If you've never boiled cabbage before, try our two-step technique for deliciously tender cabbage in under 20 minutes.

Perfect it, then season it and serve it whatever you see fit—this dish is anything but simple. Here's what you should know: 

A large head of green cabbage is ideal here. It's sweeter and more enjoyable to eat on its own than other varieties (keep the red cabbage for our classic coleslaw). 

The best type of cabbage for boiled cabbage:

When it comes to cutting cabbage, you have two options: wedges or thin slices. Both options will be wonderful; it only depends on what you serve them with and the texture you like. One thing to bear in mind: If you're short on time, sliced cabbage cooks faster than wedges.

How to cut cabbage:

Shredded cabbage will be done in about 5 minutes, whereas wedges will take about 10. Cook until soft, but err on the side of caution; overcooked cabbage will become limp and emit an unpleasant odor.Tip: Drain your cabbage to avoid overcooking!

How long should I boil cabbage?

We kept this recipe simple by seasoning it solely with salt and pepper. This recipe makes boiled cabbage that can be seasoned as desired. We recommend going more simple with this recipe: red pepper flakes, a squeeze of lemon, Parmesan, melted butter, or fresh herbs would all work well here. 

Seasoning boiled cabbage:

Depending on how you serve it, this flexible side dish goes well with a number of main courses. If you're making cabbage wedges, corned beef and cabbage is a classic option. 

How to serve boiled cabbage:


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