In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Classic Jamaican Steamed Cabbage Recipe.

If I had a dollar! Jamaican Style steamed cabbage, is probably one of the most requested recipes I get via Instagram, especially from those who have visited Jamaica at some point in their life and have had the pleasure of this simple dish. Not necessarily a “Jamaican” dish, as I’ve had it throughout the Caribbean in one for or another, however it’s the term used to best identify it.

You’ll Need…

1 large Cabbage (about 6 cups shredded)
1 onion (sliced)
2 scallions (chopped)
3-4 sprigs thyme
3 cloves garlic (crushed or sliced)
1/4 scotch bonnet pepper (sliced thin)
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 veg stock cube (crushed)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large carrot (julienne)
1 red bell pepper (julienne)
1 green bell pepper (julienne)
2 allspice berries (pimento)
1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust)

Important. If making this dish gluten free, please use a stock cube which meets with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Remember to wear gloves when handling such hot peppers as Scotch Bonnet.

Start by prepping all the ingredients! Then in a wide pot on a low heat add the olive oil (any oil you like using) then add the onion and garlic, stir and then continue adding the black pepper, pimento berries, thyme and Scotch Bonnet pepper. Cook on low for about 3 minutes.

Turn the heat up to med/low and add the carrot and bell peppers, followed by the salt and stock cube (crushed). Stir well and cook for two minutes.

It’s now time to add the shredded (cut as you like) to the pot and stir well. It will look like a lot, however it will wilt down. Place the lid on the pot and get it to steam within it’s own juices.

After about 6 minutes (try to stir it a couple times while it steams) it’s time to personalize things a bit. Taste for salt and adjust to your own liking and you can turn off the stove if the texture is to your liking or cook longer.

A classic vegan side dish your entire family will love. Don’t forget to watch the video below. If you can, please support. And should you have questions about this recipe or anything food related, be sure to Ask Chris.

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  1. Mark Elsey
    February 1, 2022 / 2:01 pm

    Thanks. I Have been living off steam cabbage from my local take aways for months. Finally got round to making my own following your recipe..
    Amazing and easy results 👍

  2. January 5, 2021 / 7:13 am

    I tried that last week and it was delicious. Thanks so much for call your great recipes and videos.

  3. Greg
    September 11, 2020 / 6:54 pm

    I made this recipe with cabbage, then with collard greens. Both were very tasty. Been looking for a good vegetarian collard greens recipe for some time. Chris, are there any changes or considerations you would impart regarding using the recipe with collards.

    • Ellabella
      November 14, 2020 / 3:47 pm

      You can add curry,potato and chic peas with the veggies (collard greens).

  4. karen
    January 16, 2020 / 10:08 am

    can you email this recipe to me thank you
    [email protected]
    steamed cabbage

  5. Betty Woodard
    January 16, 2020 / 9:56 am

    Looks very good and tasty. Will try.

  6. Pam
    January 15, 2020 / 7:59 pm

    Looks so yummy and healthy Chris. Will try it soon.

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