Easy Ways to Cook Cabbage!

We'll show you four no-fail ways to cook cabbage. This nutritious and versatile vegetable can be prepared a variety of ways for a quick and easy side dish.

-Cabbage is a versatile vegetable that can be boiled, steamed, sauteed, or cooked in the microwave. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll want to try the many side dish and main dish recipes that feature this economical and nutritious food. Start by selecting a fresh head of cabbage. The most common variety in American markets is round green cabbage. Look for a head that's heavy for its size, brightly colored, and free of brown spots or withered leaves. Remove the loose outer leaves and rinse the cabbage with water. Use a chef's knife to slice the cabbage in half through its core. Slice each half into quarters then use the knife to remove the core from the wedges. You can cook the cabbage in wedges or coarsely chop it. To chop the cabbage, place a wedge flat side down and cut it crosswise into 1 quarter inch pieces. You'll get about 6 cups of chopped cabbage from 1 medium-sized head. To boil cabbage, add it to a pan of boiling water and cook it uncovered for 2 minutes. This dissipates some of the smelling gases. Now cover the pan and continue to cook the cabbage until it's crisp, tender. Allow 3 to 5 minutes for chopped or sliced cabbage and 6 to 8 minutes for wedges. Drain the cabbage in a colander. To steam cabbage, insert a steamer basket into a saucepan above boiling water to a level just below the bottom of the basket. Cut the cabbage into wedges and add them to the steamer basket. Cover the pan and steam until the cabbage is crisp tender. This will take 10 to 12 minutes. To microwave cabbage, place cabbage wedges or chopped cabbage in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cover the bowl with waxed paper and microwave it on high until it's crisp tender. Allow 9 to 11 minutes for cabbage wedges and 4 to 6 minutes for chopped cabbage. You'll need to rotate or stir the cabbage halfway through the cooking time. Lightly season it as you like. To saute cabbage, heat 2 to 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add your desired amount of chopped cabbage to the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Cook and stir until the cabbage is crisp tender. This takes 4 to 6 minutes. Once you learn how easy it is to cook cabbage, you'll wonder why you haven't tried it before.