Steamed Cabbage Recipe

Steamed Cabbage Recipe
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When it comes to easy to prepare vegan meal ideas, it doesn’t get any simpler than steamed cabbage. This Steamed Cabbage recipe is very simple, budget friendly and can be prepared in under twenty minutes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a side item. It’s full of flavour and nutrients to satisfy the whole family.

When people say being vegan is expensive I have to laugh and wonder if these people really believe what they’re saying. A budget friendly vegan meal like this won’t come close to breaking the bank. And yet will not compromise on flavour.


While looking closer like a lettuce; cabbage belongs to the Brassica genus family of vegetables. The Brassica (Brassicaceae) family of vegetables include cruciferous vegetables such as the cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and mustards.

While it may not seem like it on the surface, the nutrient content of cabbage is often overlooked by its simplicity. For example cabbage has been known to reduce inflammation, improve digestion and reduce cholesterol.

Because its low calorie and fat-free, cabbage is ideally suited for those looking for healthy weight maintenance. Per 100grams there’s approximately 22 calories and 0.1grams of fat.

In promotion of good cardiovascular health, cabbage is a good source of fibre, potassium, vitamin-B and folate.


Everyone has their personal preference when it comes to green, red or purple cabbage. My personal preference is green cabbage but I do also enjoy purple cabbage occasionally. I do get kind of bothered with the purple coloured liquidy stuff from the purple cabbage. This can be a turn off for some people.


Vegan cabbage can be paired with avocados, fried dumplings (johnny cakes), sweet potatoes, brown rice, breadfruit, bammy (flatbread made with grated cassava), cooked food like yams, bananas, etc. My personal favourite is with fried dumplings and avocado or over steamed brown rice.


Steamed Cabbage

Steamed Cabbage

Steamed Cabbage is a very simple, easy and low cost vegan recipe to prepare for breakfast or dinner. Yet it's full of flavour and vibrant colours to satisfy the whole family.
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4


  • 1 Large Cabbage Chopped
  • 1 Large Carrot Sliced
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion Large chop
  • 1 Medium Tomato Diced
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper Diced
  • 1 Large Yellow Bell Pepper Diced
  • 2 Garlic Diced
  • 2 Scallion Diced
  • 2 Thyme Leaves
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon All Purpose or Vegetable Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut or Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Water Optional


Prepare Cabbage

  • Thoroughly wash and clean cabbage, remove stems and any inedible pieces.
  • Using a large kitchen knife carefully cut cabbage into two halves.
  • For each half, carefully cut into desired thin stripped size. Usually the pieces closest to the core are inedible and are discarded.

Cabbage Recipe

  • Heat 2-3 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil in deep pan.
  • Add scotch bonnet pepper and swirl for a few seconds to add some flavour (optional).
  • Add onions, carrots and allow to saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, garlic, bell peppers, thyme, scallion and fry for another 2-3 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • Add half the cabbage mixture and stir to mix.
  • Add the remaining cabbage and stir to combine.
  • Add desired seasoning: salt, black pepper, all purpose seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder.
  • Cover pot, reduce heat to medium and allow to steam cook for 12-15 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • If necessary add a little bit of water to the pot. However it's best to allow the water from the cabbage to produce the desired steam. Once desired tenderness is reached remove from heat and serve.
Keyword Breakfast, Cabbage, Carrots, Simple, Steamed, Vegan, Vegetable

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