How to Steam Cabbage Without a Steamer

Green Cutlery

Steamed Cabbage

Steamed cabbage is super easy to make. You don't need a steamer for this method. And the recipe works for both green and red/purple cabbage.


Ingredients You Need

I don't like my food bland. So I use a few ingredients to make a simple buttery glaze– for added flavor. But you can skip it all and just season with salt.


Step 1

Begin by making butter glaze. Add garlic, white pepper, caraway seeds and salt to melted butter and mix. Microwave in two 15-second spurts, stirring in between.


Step 2

Add water, vinegar and sliced cabbage to a pot or pan.


Step 3

Put the lid, turn up the heat to medium high. Once you see steam forming inside, lower the heat to medium-low and let it steam for 8 to 9 minutes.


Step 4

Remove the lid and let any excess water evaporate. But don't let the cabbage become too dry or it will stick to the bottom.


Step 5

Add the prepared butter glaze. Mix well. You can also skip the glaze altogether and just season with salt and pepper at this stage.


Step 6

Mix, mix, mix. Cook on lowest heat for 3 to 4 minutes while stirring. Squeeze some fresh lime/lemon on top and garnish with chopped fresh herbs. Enjoy!



– Don't slice the cabbage too thin. – Set a timer when steaming. – Use a non-stick pot, pan or skillet.

See the link below to get the full recipe.