Surprise Steamed Cabbage
For years I didn’t even consider boiling cabbage because of boarding school memories. But then one day I was in a rush and I needed to use up some cabbage. Boiling had worked with broccoli… Maybe?
And so I gave it a shot, expecting the worst but hoping for the best.
Of course the fact that you’re reading this recipe is a give away to the results! I still can’t believe how much I love cabbage cooked this way. Just damn delicious. And comforting. And good for you!
I still couldn’t bring myself to call it ‘boiled cabbage’ though so have settled on Surprise ‘Steamed’ Cabbage. The surprise being how delicious it tastes!
enough for: 2
takes: 10 minutes
1/2 large cabbage
2-3 tablespoons butter
1. Bring a largish pot of salted water about 2cm (1in) deep to the boil. Meanwhile slice cabbage as finely as you can be bothered, but no more than 1cm (1/3in) thick.
2. Add cabbage to the boiling water. Cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes so the cabbage that isn’t submerged will cook in the steam.
3. Drain well and return to the pan (off the heat). Add butter and toss until melted through.
Variations & Substitutions
different veg – broccolini, asparagus, green beans, snow peas, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, broccoli. Adjust cooking time as needed.
dairy-free – replace butter with extra virgin olive oil.
Waste Avoidance Strategy
cabbage (white) – will keep in a plastic bag in the fridge for weeks, even months. Can be frozen but will have a wilted texture once defrosted.
butter – will keep in the fridge for weeks.
Recipes to Use Your Cabbage
- Anywhere you’d normally use cooked pasta!
- Quick Tuna Pesto Cabbage
- Cabbage ‘Cabonara’
- Darya’s Egg Fried Cabbage
- Cabbage ‘Lasagna’ (Low Carb)
- Magic Sausage & Cabbage Supper
- Roast Cabbage with Crunchy Bacon Gremolata
- Hearty Bacon & Cabbage Soup
Yes! Just cook as per the recipe. Will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks or can be frozen. Serve cold, at room temp or warmed in a little oil or butter.