Instant Pot Easy Cabbage with Bone Broth THM FP (paleo, low carb)

I’ve been using my Instant Pot all the time these days. And no, they are definitely not paying me to say that. As a busy mom who wants to cook healthy food, it just works for me. It cuts several steps out of prepping many of my favorite veggies. Plus, acorn or spaghetti squash in less than 20 minutes total? Sign me up.

Lately I’ve been creating all kind of side and vegetable dishes to share with you, as well as mains. Today’s is so simple and so good. Personally I love cabbage prepared all different ways. The addition of bone broth in this recipe adds both nutrition and flavor. No bone broth on hand? Go ahead and use regular broth or a good quality bouillon base, whatever you’d ordinarily use when broth is called for.

Bone broth and gut health

If you’re not already consuming bone broth and feeding it to your family, I highly recommend you read up on the benefits and consider giving it a try. Research suggests that many of our health and metabolic problems today, including trouble losing weight, stem from gut health. I believe that 100%. If you focus on healing your gut, you can experience what feels like miracles in your health.

My own story is a testament to that. I was 265 pounds, hungry all the time, insulin resistant, and having a heck of a time losing weight. I even cut calories pretty drastically to no avail. I am far from unique. I hear that story all the time. The great news is that gut healing is often a big part of the answer.

Just ask my husband how often I end up on the topic of leaky gut with relative strangers. You can’t take me anywhere. Last night we were invited for a delightful evening to hang out with two families we don’t know that well. By the end of dinner the other ladies and I had covered everything from aluminum deodorant to glycemic index to leaky gut. In other words I found my people.

Cabbage in the Instant Pot

So let’s cut to the chase: you want to make some cabbage in your Instant Pot. The basic method is so easy. You can dress it up in an infinite number of ways with seasonings and toppings.

Cabbage takes 3-5 minutes on high pressure depending on how you like the texture. For a more crisp-tender steamed cabbage, you can even do 2 minutes on high and then a natural pressure release. I like mine at about the 4 minute mark, and then a quick release.

The basic method is first to cut your cabbage into wedges or chunks. Whatever trips your trigger, you’re the cook. Add at least 1 cup of liquid to the pot, followed by a trivet or steamer basket. Pile the cabbage on, seal the pot, and set it. When it beeps, release the pressure and you’ve got cabbage.

I garnished this at the table with Trader Joe’s onion salt and a little parsley. You can use any seasonings you like. With my homemade beef bone broth, the deep savory flavor of the cabbage itself was superb. Go make some cabbage and tell me what you like to put on it!

Instant Pot Cabbage with Bone Broth (AIP, paleo, Whole30, low carb)

This quick and satisfying savory cabbage boasts the savory flavor and nutritional benefits of bone broth. 


  • 1 head green cabbage, cored and cut into wedges or chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups bone broth or other broth or bouillon
  • seasonings to taste


  1. Pour the bone broth in the bottom of the inner pot for your Instant Pot.  Place the trivet or steamer basket on top.  Add the cabbage.  Seal the pot and set for 3-5 minutes on manual(high pressure).  Quick release the pressure when the cooking time finishes.  Serve with desired seasonings.

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