Steam Cabbage and Fried Dumplings

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage Recipe

Learning to Love Cabbage Again!

Cabbage is a humble vegetable with a bad reputation, but it’s only because it was boiled into a stinky oblivion in the kitchens of our childhoods! This Jamaican steamed cabbage recipe is delicious, nutritious and surprisingly versatile and will have the fussiest of eaters asking for second helpings.

Widely available, Cabbage is a cheap and hardy vegetable that fills up the family for next to nothing. Enjoy this Jamaican Steamed Cabbage Recipe accompanied with fried dumplings, or bread for breakfast or lunch. When served with rice, or ‘hard food’ it becomes an excellent Vegan / Vegetarian main meal, or it can be served as a side dish and accompaniment with meat and fish.

Fall in love with cabbage again with this delicious, healthy and widely used Jamaican Steamed Cabbage Recipe!


Thinly slice the cabbage into ribbons
Thinly slice cabbage into ribbons


How to make Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

First things first, thoroughly wash your hands and scrub underneath your nails if you can. Then gather all your ingredients and cooking implements together and put them on the counter top, so you have everything within reach and you will also save time and make it easier for yourself…


You Will Need:

  • a large pot (saucepan) or Dutch Pot for the Cabbage
  • a sharp knife and chopping board
  • a sieve / strainer



  • Cooking Oil
  • 1 Cabbage
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 garlic pegs
  • 1/2 Scotch Bonnet Pepper
  • 1 sprig of Thyme
  • 1 Tomato
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp of Butter / Margarine (can be omitted, or substituted  if preferred)



  • Pour enough cooking oil to lightly cover the bottom of the Dutch Pot and set on a medium heat
  • Thoroughly wash the vegetables
  • Slice the Onion, Tomato, Garlic and Scotch Bonnet Pepper, add sliced seasoning and Thyme to the oil and gently fry
  • Meanwhile peel off the outer layers of the cabbage, cut in half, then slice the cabbage halves into thin ribbons, discarding the stalk
  • Submerge shredded cabbage in salted water to thoroughly wash (salt water encourages any attached bugs to float to the top of the water!)
  • Scrape or peel the skin from the carrot, wash and slice into Julienne (matchstick)
  • Add the drained cabbage and carrot slices to the pot, once the seasoning has softened
  • Add the butter, salt and black pepper and turn down the heat slightly, be sure to place the cover on the pot so it will steam (the cabbage should produce its own water)
  • Allow to steam for about 10-15 minutes until the cabbage has softened, stir the steamed vegetables to mix, before serving (if necessary a little splash of water can be added to the pot to encourage the cabbage to cook)


Jamaican Steamed Cabbage
Jamaican Steamed Cabbage


The World’s Healthiest Foods

If you need more convincing, consider this advice from ‘The World’s Healthiest Foods’ website, which states:


“The glucosinolates found in cabbage can be converted into isothiocyanate

compounds that are cancer preventive for a variety of different cancers,

including bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer”.


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10 thoughts on “Jamaican Steamed Cabbage Recipe”

    1. Hi
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I don’t see why not, I would think that any type of cabbage can be used. I actually saw red cabbage for sale in Jamaica the other day for the first time.

      Enjoy your cabbage!

      Bless up Jules

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