Jamaican steamed cabbage is very simple and easy to prepare it makes a brilliant mid-week dinner. This dish is rich in flavour the whole family will love it.
There are so many reasons to try steamed cabbage, it takes little time to cook, it is very healthy, it taste great and children loves to eat it.
It is rich in fibre, low in fat and contains very little calories.
In addition to that, it is high in antioxidants, vitamin C and most of all, cabbage is very cheap to buy.
What Cabbage To Use
The easy to cook cabbage dish is made with white cabbage.
The best white cabbage to use it the one with light green leaves that tightly packed in a round ball shape.
I find the while leaf cabbage are harder to cook and doesn’t absorb flavour very well.
Ingredients For This Steamed Cabbage
To make steamed cabbage you need a few ingredients listed below.
- White cabbage: Shard or chopped the cabbage into thin strips
- Carrot, scallion, onion, garlic, thyme, tomato, scotch bonnet pepper, bell pepper: Essential ingredients
How To Cook Jamaican Steamed Cabbage
Jamaican style steamed cabbage is cooked slightly different from a plain steamed cabbage recipes.
Other vegetables such as bell pepper, onion, thyme, scallion, tomato and carrot are seasoned and steamed together.
Step 1. Shred the cabbage and set aside
Step 2. Prepare the carrot, bell pepper, onion, garlic, scallion and tomato.
Step 3. Add a small amount of cooking oil to a pot and place on the fire a medium heat.
Step 4. Add the chopped garlic, onion, scotch bonnet pepper, scallion and thyme and sauté for a minute or two
Step 5. Stir in the bell pepper and tomato
Step 6. Add the shredded cabbage, season with salt and black pepper. Stir well.
Step 7. Turn the heat down, cover the pot and let the cabbage steam for fifteen to twenty minutes. Half what through add the carrot.
How simple is that?
What To Serve It With
In Jamaican, steamed cabbage is eaten both as a side dish and a main .
As a side dish steamed cabbage is serve with Sunday dinners or when you buy a meal at a restaurant or from a food vendor.
Usually in the middle of the week, steamed cabbage is prepared as a main served with pumpkin rice, boiled white rice or hard food.
Storing And Reheating Leftovers
Refrigerate: Store leftovers in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Freeze: Store leftovers in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to one month.
Reheat: Warm up in the microwave on medium high setting one minute at a time until heated through.
Jamaicans are great at “turning their hands and make fashion” and make something new.
We often add saltfish and corn beef to the steamed cabbage and make it a use dish.
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Jamaican Steamed Cabbage recipe
- 1 Large cabbage
- 1 Medium onion
- 1 Medium carrot
- 2 Small tomatoes Diced
- 2 Cloves garlic
- 1 Bell pepper
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- ¼ tsp Black pepper
- ¼ Scotch bonnet pepper (optional) Seed remove and finely chopped
- 3 Sprigs Thyme
- Salt To taste
- Cut the cabbage into four quarters, remove the middle, wash the cabbage leaves, shred and set aside.
- Peel, wash and chop the carrot into thin strips.
- Chop the onion and bell peppers into small pieces.
- Finely cut the garlic or use a garlic crusher
- Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat then add the onion, garlic, scotch bonnet pepper and thyme and let it sauté for about two minutes.
- Stir in the bell pepper and tomato
- Stir in to cabbage season with salt and black pepper.
- Cover and steam for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the carrot half way through.