How to make Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

Published on November 4th 2021 by Rachael Ottier Hart.
Last updated on April 1st 2024
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Close up front view of Jamaican Steamed Cabbage in skillet

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage is an excellent vegetable side dish full of flavor and nutrients. Caribbean people love to sauté cabbage with local herbs and seasonings to add some variety to our meals. This recipe will show you how to make Jamaican Steamed Cabbage packed with all the traditional flavors you love in Jamaican Cuisine. This is a perfect recipe for our vegan and vegetarian fans, and we hope this becomes a regular addition to your home-cooked specialties.

Is it better to steam or boil cabbage?

Although both methods of cooking cabbage are healthy, the nutrients retained in steaming items will be higher than when boiled.

Is cabbage an anti inflammatory?

Yes, cabbage can help to reduce inflammation in the body due to its high levels of antioxidants. 

Does cabbage burn belly fat?

Cabbage is low in fat and calories, making cabbage an excellent food choice. No matter how much we wish one ingredient could reduce fat in one or two parts of the body, the myths that cabbage can burn belly fat are unfortunately false. A healthy balanced diet and exercise is the only true way to burn fat from the body.  

What happens if you eat cabbage everyday?

Since cabbage is a nutrient-rich vegetable, you could eat it every day without any serious side effects other than the possibility of excess gas and bloating. 

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Serves
4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cabbage - sliced or shredded

  • 1 large Onion - sliced 

  • 3 cloves Garlic - minced

  • 1 teaspoon Ginger - minced

  • 1 Bell pepper - julienne cut

  • 2 large Tomato - julienne cut 

  • 1 medium Carrot - julienne cut

  • 1 teaspoon Thyme - fresh, chopped 

  • ¼ teaspoon Allspice

  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil

Optional Ingredient
  • ½ Scotch Bonnet pepper - seeded & minced

Instructions

Using large deep skillet add the coconut oil and bring to medium-high heat.

Overview of a skillet with coconut oil

Once the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, ginger, bell pepper, and tomato, then sauté for 3 minutes.

Overview of onions, garlic, ginger, peppers and tomatoes being added to a skillet

Mix in the cabbage, carrot, thyme, scotch bonnet and allspice and sauté for 3-5 minutes or until the cabbage is cooked but still has some texture and bite.

Overview of cabbage, carrots and scotch bonnet being added to a skillet

Turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid for 5 minutes and let the cabbage steam. 

Areal view of a skillet with a lid

Season with salt and black pepper to taste, then remove from the heat and serve warm.

Salt and pepper being added to a skillet filled with steamed cabbage
Rachael Ottier Hart
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Rachael Ottier Hart
Author:

Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

More posts by Rachael Ottier Hart