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A plate of instant pot cabbage with bacon and butter, with herbs and potatoes in the background

Instant Pot Cabbage Recipe (With butter and bacon)

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  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Instant Pot Cabbage (with butter and bacon). Inspired by Irish Bacon and Cabbage, this is a quick and easy cabbage side dish for your St. Patrick's Day table. (If you want to go vegetarian, skip the bacon and use veggie broth.)



  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 7-8 ounces back bacon (aka Canadian bacon), cut into 2-inch pieces (or thick-cut bacon)
  • 1 head green cabbage (preferably Savoy cabbage), cored and cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 cup chicken broth (preferably homemade chicken broth or ham broth)
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt (if using homemade broth)
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • Minced fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Cut the cabbage: To prepare the cabbage, peel off any loose outer leaves, then cut the cabbage into quarters through the core end. Cut the core out of each quarter. Then, cut each quarter in half to get eight slices of cabbage.
  2. Melt the butter, cook the bacon: Put 2 tablespoons butter and bacon in an Instant Pot set to Sauté mode - high (or another pressure cooker over medium heat). Cook, stirring occasionally, until the butter melts and the bacon pieces are cooked and starting to brown, but not crispy.
  3. Everything in the pot: Add the cabbage to the pot and stir to coat with the butter. Pour in the chicken broth and stir in the ½ teaspoon of salt (if using homemade broth.) Add the (optional) sprig of thyme.
  4. Pressure cook for 6 minutes with a Quick Release: Lock the lid on the pressure cooker. Pressure Cook at high pressure for 6 minutes in an Instant Pot, other electric PC, or stovetop pressure cooker. (Use Manual, Pressure Cook, or Pressure Cook - Custom mode in an Instant Pot, and set the cooking time to 6 minutes.) When the pressure cooking time is over, quick release any pressure left in the pot.
  5. Stir in more butter and serve: Unlock the lid and scoop the cabbage and bacon out of the pot with a slotted spoon, discarding the thyme sprig. Pour out the liquid from the pot. Put the pot liner back in the Instant Pot base, add 2 tablespoons of butter, and put the cabbage and bacon back into the pot. Sprinkle the cabbage with fresh ground black pepper, then toss until the butter melts and coats the cabbage. Transfer the cabbage to a serving bowl or platter. Sprinkle with (optional) minced parsley, serve, and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Irish