Irish Cabbage

Updated September 8, 2017.

Irish Cabbage

Irish cabbage is a deliciously iconic ethnic food, an essential part of any Irishman's daily life and always a featured cuisine during holidays.

Whether in Ireland or abroad, and for generation upon generation, cabbage has remained a common staple sustaining Irishmen through the worst and the best of times.

Great, Great Grandma's treasured recipe has passed down through the ages; Irish cabbage continues to nourish the descendants of Gaelic speaking ancients.

Oh, how the Irish love to celebrate, especially all things Irish!

Then, it should come as no surprise that cabbage is an integral part of any great Irish celebration--especially National Cabbage Day on February 17th and St. Patrick's Day on March 17th, when the Irish honor Ireland's patron saint.

Today, cabbage is good old fashioned Irish comfort food enjoyed even by "honorary Irishmen".





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Irish Cabbage


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Irish Cabbage


You don't have to be Irish to enjoy the wonderful mild flavor of this Irish cabbage recipe; even pronounced cabbage haters enjoy this nutritious side-dish!

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
- 1/2 head chilled green cabbage, finely chopped or shredded
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon Irish butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:
1. In a large saucepan add water and butter, and heat over low heat until butter is melted.
2. Add cabbage and toss with butter mixture.
3. Cover pan with a tight lid and simmer over low heat for 8 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and stir in salt.
5. Serve immediately.
6. If desired, garnish top with an extra "knob" of butter and season with fresh ground black pepper.

Tags:
Gluten-free, Corn-free, Egg-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Soy-free, Sugar-free, Vegetarian




Variations

Boiled Cabbage

  1. Cut 1/2 head chilled green cabbage into wedges.
  2. In a large saucepan bring 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil.
  3. Add cabbage wedges.
  4. Cover pan with a tight lid and simmer over low heat for 8 minutes or until tender-crisp.
  5. Drain cabbage and serve immediately.


Creamed Cabbage

Creamed Cabbage

Grandma knew how to take a small amount of vegetables and deliciously s-t-r-e-t-c-h them to serve a large family.  Here is one of her favorite recipes, gluten-free style!


  1. Double recipe for Irish Cabbage.
  2. Stir in 1 cup hot medium Gluten Free White Sauce.
  3. Garnish top with a sprinkle of paprika.
  4. May be served over toast, hot split Gluten Free Biscuits, rice or gluten-free noodles.


Irish Bacon and Cabbage

  1. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, pan-fry 2 slices streaky bacon until crisp, remove, chop into fine pieces and set aside.
  2. To the drippings in pan, add water and prepared cabbage,  and then cook as directed in key recipe.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Garnish top of cabbage with bacon, an extra "knob" of butter and season with fresh ground black pepper.


Irish Fried Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound sliced streaky bacon
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 head chilled green cabbage, finely chopped or shredded
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, panfry 1/2 pound sliced streaky bacon until crisp, remove, chop into fine pieces and set aside.
  2. To drippings in pan add onion and cook just until translucent, about 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low, add cabbage and toss with drippings and onion.
  4. Stir in brown sugar, salt and black pepper.
  5. Cover pan with a tight lid and simmer over low heat for 8 minutes.
  6. Stir in fried bacon.
  7. Serve immediately.


Metric Measurements

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head chilled green cabbage, finely chopped or shredded
  • 15 ml water
  • 15 ml Irish butter
  • 2.5 ml salt

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan add water and butter, and heat over low heat until butter is melted.
  2. Add cabbage and toss with butter mixture.
  3. Cover pan with a tight lid and simmer over low heat for 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in salt.
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. If desired, garnish top with an extra "knob" of butter and season with fresh ground black pepper.


Steamed Cabbage

  1. In a large saucepan add 2 tablespoons boiling water and shredded or finely chopped cabbage.
  2. Cover pan with a tight lid and simmer over low heat for 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  4. Serve immediately.



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Bailey's Irish Cream Custard

Bangers and Mash Recipe

Farls

Irish Soda Bread

Shamrock Cookies

Spotted Dog


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