Instant Pot White Cabbage with White Wine and Apples

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A delicious cabbage dish made from white cabbage with wine.
White Cabbage in the Instant Pot

instant pot white cabbage
Instant Pot White Cabbage is a great and healthy side dish even veggie haters will like. Accompanied by apples, bacon, and white wine it’s a healthy, quick and easy side dish.

When we were in South Carolina to visit my cousin, she gave me her recipe for white cabbage. When I got home, I was determined to make it, even though I don’t have a specialty steamer like hers. I was going to make it for Christmas dinner with ham and Southern-style Spicy Mac and Cheese because I knew it would be a great foil for those richer foods.

I went into my kitchen and gathered ingredients intending to steam the cabbage in my stovetop steamer, but then I spied with my little eye – an Instant Pot! What magic is this, I thought, that can make cabbage in 10 minutes! Perfect, I was already running late with dinner. My cousin’s had taken about 45 minutes, my Instant Pot white cabbage would take 10!

Notes on Making Instant Pot White Cabbage

Cabbage is a wonderful vegetable and holds up a lot longer than lettuce.  If you have leftover raw cabbage from making slaw, then this is the perfect opportunity to use it up. You don’t have to shred the cabbage thinly.  I just sliced mine into 1/4 inch slices.

If you want the extra vitamins from the apple peel, feel free not to peel it.  It might look a little strange though if you are not using a green-skinned apple. Any cooking apple will do fine.

Use the white wine that you like.  If you like a sweeter white wine, then use that.  I had Chardonnay on hand so I used that.  I make Red Cabbage with Mogen David Blackberry wine that is sweet and lovely.  You are more than welcome to try both. Enjoy cabbage and be healthy!

White Cabbage in the Instant Pot

A delicious cabbage dish made from white cabbage with wine.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 4
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American South
Difficulty: Easy
Newsletter: 2019-12-30
Calories per serving: 274kcal

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  • ½ head cabbage, sliced into 1/2 inch slices
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 apple, cored, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • 2 slices bacon
    Cook off the bacon, reserving the fat and break the bacon up into small pieces.
  • Set the Instant Pot on Saute Mode.
  • Add the bacon and bacon fat to the inner pot.
  • 1/2 onion, 1/2 red pepper, 1/4 cup butter
    Add the onion and pepper and saute them until the onion is translucent. Add the butter.
  • 1/2 head cabbage, 1 bay leaf, 1 apple, 2 tablespoons white wine
    Add the cabbage, apple, bay leaf, and wine.
  • Put the cover on and put the valve into cooking mode.
  • Put the Instant Pot on Pressure mode for 10 minutes.
  • Use the Quick Release method when the time is up.
  • Serve with Tabasco sauce.


Make this vegan by substituting oil for the bacon fat and omit the butter. A little flavor will be lost.


Calories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 378mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9g
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