Black Folks Southern Cabbage Recipe

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Southern-style cabbage is the perfect comfort food for soul food folks who appreciate down-home cooking. Perfectly spiced with a blend of savory seasonings, this dish is ideal for any occasion. 

This Black folks’ Southern cabbage recipe is traditionally cooked standing over the stovetop and frying (or sautéing) cabbage in a large skillet. 

Well, them days are over! 

 

Black Folks Southern Cabbage Recipe

 

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Instant pot assures no long cooking hours in the kitchen with the additional benefit of mess-free meal preparation.

 

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What is a Black folks’ Southern cabbage recipe?

Black folks’ Southern fried cabbage is a delicious and healthy way to enjoy one of Southern America’s favorite side dishes. This Black folks’ Southern cabbage recipe has all the sweet, savory flavors of Southern culture bubbling in butter and smothered in chicken stock with a dash of vinegar for mighty flavorful warmth. 

 

No matter if you’re planning to cook a weeknight meal or a soul food Sunday dinner, this dish is sure to satisfy! 

 

How do you make Black folks Southern cabbage?

Simply place the cabbage and all ingredients into a pressure cooker. In less than 5 minutes (4 minutes to be exact), you’ll have super soul food flavorful Black folks Southern cabbage, by way of what I call Magical Meals in Minutes

 

 

How do you make this recipe in an Instant Pot?

Southern cabbage can be prepared in 4 minutes (Wowza!) in the Instant Pot – fully cooked and infused with lots of flavors! 

Don’t tell grandma – but you won’t even need the heavy pork ingredients or the ham hocks long cook times. And no more draining the bacon fat, bacon drippings, or bacon grease! 

 

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So why not try something new today? 

Add this flavorful dish to your menu and enjoy a taste of the South.

 

Black Folks Southern Cabbage Recipe Instructions

 

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Black Folks Southern Cabbage Recipe Ingredients

 

Ingredients for Black folks Southern cabbage recipe

  • (1) 3-4 pound cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 cup of chicken broth (or vegetable broth to make this dish vegetarian)
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar 
  • ½ a cup of butter, or Vegan butter
  • ½ teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning (or Cajun seasoning)
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder 
  • ¼ a teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper 

 

Instructions for Black folks Southern cabbage recipe in the Instant Pot

  1. Cut out the cabbage’s core and use a food processor or a knife to shred the cabbage leaves. (I remove the outer layer of cabbage leaves first and discard them before chopping.)
  2. Add the shredded cabbage and all the ingredients (onion, chicken apple cider vinegar, butter, Old Bay or Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper) into the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot.
  3. Sink the chopped cabbage as much as you can into the liquid broth.
  4. Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
  5. When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 4 minutes.
  6. To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  7. Serve Black folks Southern cabbage recipe warm and enjoy!

 

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What goes good with cooked cabbage?

Fried cabbage is an iconic Southern dish that can be served with a variety of different dishes like corned beef and cabbage. The following are just a few suggestions, but there are many more for you to explore with this fine Southern meal!

 

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Black folks Southern cabbage recipe FAQs

Can cooked cabbage be frozen?

Cooked cabbage can be frozen, but not for an extended period. It’s best to freeze cooked cabbage and other leafy vegetables in an airtight container or freezer-safe zip-lock bag so they do not get freezer burn. 

Wrapping the zip-lock bag in foil helps to preserve the freshness. Cooked cabbage should only be frozen for up to 3 months before it will start to lose its nutritional value and flavor.

 

How long do you cook Black folks Southern-style cabbage?

It’s important to note that Southern-style cabbage can be cooked way quicker in an Instant Pot. For example, suppose you’re following a traditional stovetop recipe for this side dish. In that case, boiled cabbage takes about 20 minutes to cook when the lid comes off after boiling.

In contrast, with your Instant Pot, you only need to cook this Southern cabbage for 4 minutes on the high-pressure cook setting. Then, followed by natural pressure release for an additional four minutes. That’s it!

 

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Does fried cabbage have carbs?

Carbs can be a touchy subject, but one thing is true. Carbs are essential for our bodies to function correctly. So if you’ve been wondering if fried cabbage has carbs, then the answer is yes. All vegetables do!

You’ll find that most of your favorite veggies are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber. For example, one serving of cabbage only has about 2 grams of total carbohydrates – not bad at all! 

In addition, cabbage is high in vitamins C and K.

 

Can you have cabbage on a keto diet?

There’s no need to feel deprived when you’re eating cabbage on a keto diet! Cabbage is high in fiber and low in calories, making it an excellent food for those who follow this diet.

 

What can you add to cabbage for flavor?

Cabbage is a vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is often served as a side dish; if you are looking for ways to add flavor to your cabbage, look no further! 

 

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This Black folks’ Southern cabbage recipe promises no more bland leafy vegetables with soul food flavor additions like chicken stock or broth, butter, crushed red pepper, garlic powder or minced garlic, and Cajun or Creole seasoning. 

Some folks also include Worcestershire sauce or hot sauce for an extra kick!

 

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What meat is used to season Black folks Southern cabbage?

Wondering if you need ham flavoring for this recipe?

It’s not required at all, but if you’re cooking with a Black folks soul food cabbage recipe, you may season with the addition of meat. The most commonly used is a ham hocksmoked turkey leg, smoked sausage, cooked bacon, and turkey bacon.

 

Should the water cover the cabbage?

Yes, the water should cover cabbage while cooking to make the cabbage more palatable and easier to chew. Otherwise, it’d be like eating coleslaw instead of tender cabbage!

 

Is it possible to substitute red cabbage for green cabbage?

Despite having different colors, red and green cabbages have the same flavor. So they can be a substitute for one another in recipes! 

Though more nutritious, red has disadvantages like discoloring other foods in salads or cooked dishes when combined with it for an extended time.

 

What is better, white vinegar or apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is less acidic than white, which means it has a more mellow taste. It also contains healthy bacteria and enzymes that promote good digestion and overall health benefits for the body. 

Due to its acidity, apple cider vinegar is an excellent dressing additive for Southern cabbage because it has less tang.

 

Can vegetable broth be used in place of the chicken broth, and if so, does it taste just as good?

Some people have been wondering whether or not they can swap vegetable broth for chicken broth in their favorite recipes. The answer is yes, and it tastes just as good! 

Vegetable broths are made from various vegetables such as celery, carrots, onions, garlic, bell pepper, and tomatoes. Even though the flavor will slightly differ from chicken broth, it has many benefits nonetheless.

 

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How many servings will one head of cabbage make?

Some people might say that one head of cabbage can make 8-10 servings. Others may say it makes more like 6-7, depending on the size of cabbage and how you prepare it.

 

What did you think about this recipe?

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Black Folks Southern Cabbage Recipe

Black Folks Southern Cabbage Recipe

Black folks Southern cabbage recipe is a delicious way to enjoy one of the South's favorite side dishes that's warm and sweet with savory soul food flavors!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Pressure Release Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Soul Food, Southern Food
Keyword: Black folks Southern cabbage recipe, cabbage recipe, Instant Pot cabbage, Instant Pot recipe, soul food, Southern cabbage, Southern cabbage recipe, southern food, Southern fried cabbage, steamed cabbage, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Shaunda Necole

Equipment

  • Instant Pot electric pressure cooker

Ingredients

  • 4 pound cabbage 3-4 pound cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 cup chicken broth or use vegetable broth to make this dish vegetarian
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup butter unsalted or vegan butter
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning or Cajun seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Cut out the cabbage’s core and use a food processor or a knife to shred the cabbage leaves. (I remove the outer layer of cabbage leaves first and discard them before chopping.)
  • Add the shredded cabbage and all the ingredients (onion, chicken apple cider vinegar, butter, Old Bay or Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper) into the Instant Pot stainless steel inner pot.
  • Sink the chopped cabbage as much as you can into the liquid broth.
  • Close the Instant Pot lid (make sure the valve is up – in the position for sealing) and pressure cook on high for 4 minutes.
  • When the cooking time is finished, allow a natural pressure release for at least 4 minutes.
  • To open the Instant Pot lid, move the valve to ‘venting’ and manually release any remaining pressure, if applicable.
  • Serve Black folks Southern cabbage recipe warm and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 1384mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Vitamin C: 115mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 Comments

  1. Crystal
    January 20, 2022 / 4:53 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Great cabbage recipe. I grew up with cabbage cooked with bacon. My husband does not eat pork and in this recipe, I didn’t miss it. I added 1/2 teaspoon of liquid smoke and 1 teaspoon of sugar. I cooked this on top of the stove though next time I will try it in my hot pot.

    • January 20, 2022 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks so much, Crystal! I also cook it this way because my husband doesn’t eat pork – and you’re right – you won’t even miss it!

  2. Cyrene
    February 17, 2022 / 7:15 am

    5 stars
    Wow! I’m planning to try this on weekend. What can I substitute for Old Bay Seasoning or Cajun Seasoning?

    • February 18, 2022 / 4:35 pm

      Celery salt and paprika are two of the main ingredients in Old Bay seasoning. So if you have these two spices, then you’ll have a good substitute!

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