How To Make Steamed Cabbage

By Sarah
January 13, 2023

Steamed cabbage is the perfect easy-to-make side dish. You don’t even need a steamer to make it. All you need is a skillet and a few ingredients, and you will have the best-steamed cabbage you have ever tasted. 

What’s The Best Type Of Cabbage For Steamed Cabbage

It depends on your preference. I used green cabbage. Green cabbage is savory, but it has a subtle sweetness that is amplified by the dish’s other ingredients. 

However, you can use red cabbage to make steamed cabbage. I would not recommend Napa or Savoy cabbage for steamed cabbage. 

They will break down too much. It’s best to use these types of cabbages for salads. 

Steamed cabbage in a serving dish.

Is It Better To Steam Or Boil Cabbage

It is better to steam the cabbage. When cabbage is boiled, it releases an unpleasant odor. 

Furthermore, steamed cabbage is much more flavorful. Steaming the cabbage along with aromatic onions and peppers, herbs, and seasonings makes it much more delicious. 

Is Steamed Cabbage Healthy

Yes, cabbage is healthy. It contains several antioxidants and phytochemicals. These nutrients give cabbage the ability to decrease the risk of diseases such as diabetes, cataracts, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease. Additionally, each serving of steamed cabbage has 119 calories and 8.3 net carbs. 

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How To Store Steamed Cabbage 

Let the steamed cabbage cool completely. Place it into an air-tight container and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

You can reheat the steamed cabbage in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Alternatively, you can place the cabbage into a small skillet or pot and reheat it over low heat for 3-4 minutes until it is warm. 

What To Serve With Steamed Cabbage

Steamed cabbage works well with many dishes. If you are serving steamed cabbage with vegan dishes, it works well with quinoa zucchini lime salad, or you can add it to veggie quinoa bowls. If you are serving it with protein, air fryer stuffed chicken or lemon paprika chicken breast pairs perfectly with steamed cabbage. 

Steamed Cabbage

Recipe by SarahCourse: UncategorizedCuisine: Gluten-Free, KetoDifficulty: Easy


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Cabbage, carrots, onion, bell peppers, and broccoli come together to make a flavorful side dish. Best of all, steamed cabbage is easy to make and low-carb. Each serving only contains 8.3 net carbs. 


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced

  • 2 sprigs of thyme

  • 1 small green cabbage, sliced

  • 1 cup stir fry vegetables

  • 1/4 cup of water

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place the olive oil into a skillet and set it over medium-high hetas.
  • Add the onions and cook them for 2 minutes until they start to soften.
  • Add the garlic and thyme and cook them for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the cabbage and cook it for 5 minutes until it starts to shrink.
  • Add the stir fry vegetables and water, decrease the heat to low, and cook it for 10-15 minutes, depending on how soft or crisp you want the cabbage to be.
  • Add the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper and stir to combine.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories119
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 7.2g 12%
    • Saturated Fat 1.1g 6%
  • Sodium 617mg 26%
  • Potassium 372mg 11%
  • Total Carbohydrate 13.8g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 5.5g 22%
    • Sugars 7g
  • Protein 2.8g 6%

  • Calcium 79%
  • Iron 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


Moreb, N., Murphy, A., Jaiswal, S., & Jaiswal, A. K. (2020). Nutritional Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Fruits and Vegetables (pp. 33-54). Elsevier Inc.

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