The Best Steamed Cabbage

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The Best Steamed Cabbage

Let’s face it plain old steamed cabbage it’s not the tastiest of dishes. When I think of cabbage I often think of my bottom burping a lot after eating it. However, when my Dad would make a roast beef we would occasionally have steamed cabbage. Dad always made the steam cabbage so delicious. My husband Howard once asked Dad what he did to make the cabbage taste so yummy. That’s when I discovered what ingredients Dad would add to the cabbage.

The idea of adding extra ingredients to the cabbage came from my Dad’s father, my paternal Grandfather, Cyril. Yes Cyril, would always cook a roast on a Sunday. Granddad Cyril would also steam the cabbage. My Dad used to tell me that he was a very good cook. Granddad would also add extra flavour to his cabbage and Dad then adapted these ingredients over time. So in our house plain old steamed cabbage was never boring and it was always well received by me. Even if my bottom did burp.

Serves 4

Equipment needed

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The Best Steamed Cabbage
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Large saucepan
  • Collander
  • Stirring spoon


  • Small cabbage x 1
  • Sesame seed oil x 2 tbsps
  • Tamari or soy sauce x 2 tbsps


  • Remove any leaves from the outside of the cabbage that may have been damaged.
  • Cut the cabbage into quarters and remove the core.
    • The core will be the white part at the bottom of the cabbage.
    • Slice at a right angle above the white part and it will remove it.
  • Next slice the cabbage and the cut 1 centimetre pieces along the slices.
  • Put the chopped cabbage into the colander.
  • Add boiling water from the kettle to the large saucepan and put the colander on top.
    • Please make sure the colander sits on top of the pan and not in the water.
  • Place the pan on a medium heat on the hob, put the lid on top of the cabbage and steam for about 20 minutes.
  • Towards the end of the cooking process remove the lid and add the sesame seed oil and tamari or soy sauce.
  • Mix all these ingredients together with a spoon.
  • Serve with a roast dinner of your choice.
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The Best Steamed Cabbage

The Best Steamed Cabbage is a great way to make a boring vegetable appetising. It also adds extra zing to a roast dinner. My husband and I use tamari instead of soy sauce because it’s gluten free. Plus it’s tamari tastes the same, if not better than soy sauce. In our family we love a roast dinner and I think my Dad was an expert at cooking one. He knew a lot about flavour and how to use it to make a meal taste great. These simple ingredients make this cabbage dish taste so much better. However you decide to eat this dish, as always, enjoy.

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