How To Steam Cabbage In Microwave

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Steam Cabbage In Microwave. Let me introduce you to the most delicious and fastest way to cook savoy cabbage using the microwave and a steamer basket.

Plus, you will love the difference a little bit of butter does, to make the best ever steamed buttered cabbage.

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How To Steam Cabbage In Microwave Recipe

Microwave Cabbage

Growing up I always thought that cabbage was the most boring vegetable ever.

Whilst I was a huge vegetable fan growing up, thanks to my grandad’s allotment, cabbage never excited me.

Yet the funny thing was I loved Brussel sprouts. And would always add extra sprouts to my dinner plate, whilst everyone else avoided them.

Then fast forward to getting an instant pot in 2016 and Dominic made me the most delicious, steamed cabbage.

I absolutely loved it and it was a simple recipe with a savoy cabbage.

I soon realised that it wasn’t the cabbage that was the fault, it was the way it was cooked.

The way when you boil a savoy cabbage, it loses its flavour and is tasteless and has no nutrition value.

Yet, you steam cabbage, and it has the wow factor.

Add in some butter and its even better.

One of the easiest ways to steam your cabbage is with a microwave and a steamer basket and today I wanted to share with you the best way to microwave cabbage.

Can You Steam Cabbage?

Yes, you can. Steamed savoy cabbage is amazing and once you steam your cabbage once, then there is no going back.

You can steam your cabbage in the microwave, like we are showing you today, or you can do instant pot steamed cabbage.

Why Cook Cabbage In Microwave?

Until you try microwave cabbage you won’t understand just how fast and easy it is. After chopping up your savoy cabbage (or any other cabbage) it is loaded into a steamer basket and then the steamer basket is loaded into the microwave.

Its so simple and unlike a pan you don’t use the flavour and you can also serve it from the steamer basket and also keep the calories down.

Best Way To Cook Savoy Cabbage?

I often get asked, steam or boil cabbage and I always say steam cabbage.

That is because you get the best flavour, you don’t have to worry about it turning to mush and its easy to then stir in seasonings or butter.

I have not boiled vegetables for more than 10 years thanks to having steamers and whenever I eat out and its boiled vegetables, you can always tell!

Can You Microwave Savoy Cabbage?

Yes, you can microwave savoy cabbage and I am going to show you the best recipe for microwave cabbage right now.

Also, you can follow this same method to microwave ANY type of cabbage. Whether it is savoy cabbage, white cabbage or even red cabbage, it can all be done using the microwave.

What’s The Healthiest Way To Eat Cabbage?

The healthiest way to eat cabbage is to steam it. Steamed savoy cabbage is cooked without any oils and without any additives.

It also keeps all its nutrients as it steams.

I recommend that you steam cabbage in the microwave as it’s the fastest method and then makes putting veggies on the dinner table easier.

How Do You Steam Cabbage?

I get a lot of questions asking how do you steam cabbage, because they just don’t understand the logistics.

Well, when you steam cabbage in the microwave its one of the easiest concepts to get your head around.

You add a tiny bit of water to a steamer basket, add your cabbage, add the lid, and then load into a microwave.

Because there is a tiny bit of water and the lid on, the steaming happens inside the steamer basket.

Then the microwave speeds up the process.

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Microwave Cabbage Recipe Ingredients

Microwave Cabbage Recipe Ingredients

Cabbage – I recommend for steaming cabbage, that you use a full savoy cabbage. Then shred it and use it in your steamer basket. You can also steam a lot less and we often do this when we have a little cabbage leftover.

Water – To steam cabbage in the microwave you will need a tablespoon of water into the bottom of your steamer basket.

Seasoning – Then for seasoning your cabbage I recommend you keep it simple with salt and pepper.

Optional – I love buttered cabbage. Its just so yummy and you only need a tiny bit of low fat margarine, or some butter to make it work. Though of course this is totally optional.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this microwave cabbage recipe it has just been our Panasonic Microwave Oven. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of microwave recipes.

As well as your microwave you will need a good steamer basket that will fit in your microwave. We recommend this one.

How To Steam Cabbage In The Microwave?

how to steam cabbage in microwave step by step
  • Liquid. Start by adding a tablespoon of water to the bottom of your steamer basket. This is so that you can perfectly steam your cabbage.
  • Prep. Using a vegetable knife shred your savoy cabbage. Then load into your steamer basket and season with salt and pepper.
  • Microwave. Then place the lid on your steamer and then load your steamer basket into the microwave. Microwave your cabbage for 2 minutes. Then add in your butter and microwave for another 4 minutes.

And I am sure you can see now how easy it is to cook cabbage in the microwave and why it is a firm favourite of mine for a quick veggie side dish for dinner.

How Long To Steam Cabbage In Microwave?

The microwave cabbage time is JUST 6 minutes. This is for tender cabbage. If you want your cabbage crispy for a salad, then I recommend 3 minutes instead.

Or add a couple of extra minutes if you are using your cabbage for soup.

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How To Steam Cabbage In Microwave

Steam Cabbage In Microwave. Let me introduce you to the most delicious and fastest way to cook savoy cabbage using the microwave and a steamer basket.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time11 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Microwave
Servings: 2
Calories: 160kcal


  • 1 kg Whole Savoy Cabbage
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Light I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter


  • Place one tablespoon of water in the bottom of your steamer basket.
    How To Steam Cabbage In The Microwave?
  • Using a vegetable knife shred your cabbage and add to the steamer basket. Add your salt and pepper and mix with your hands for an even coating.
    How To Steam Cabbage In The Microwave?
  • Place the lid on the steamer and then place in the microwave.
    How To Steam Cabbage In The Microwave?
  • Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir, add the butter/margarine, and cook for a further 4 minutes and then serve.
    How To Steam Cabbage In The Microwave?


Optional – I love my cabbage with butter or margarine, but it is totally optional.
Thanks for reading how to steam cabbage in microwave on Recipe This. We have many more microwave recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more delicious ideas to serve with your steamed cabbage, do check out our air fryer chicken sausages.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 1154mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5084IU | Vitamin C: 155mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 2mg
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1 thought on “How To Steam Cabbage In Microwave”

  1. 5 stars
    I am loving your vegetable themes, i think most people have a microwave like us and we have tried before to do it and failed but your instructions were very clear and precise and really helped, thanks.


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