Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage is the dish that gets cabbage haters to try – and like – cabbage for the very first time. You get a sweetness from the applesauce and the vinegar makes it tangy. Both turn plain cabbage into something you can’t stop eating.
Cabbage Cooks Perfectly in Your Instant Pot
I love cabbage because it’s inexpensive, easy to get your hands on, and is the perfect candidate for electric pressure cooking and slow cooking. And it’s good for you too!
In the summer we eat a lot of cole slaw, but I like to change it up by mixing in some cooked cabbage too.
While cabbage softens when cooking, it keeps it’s delightful taste and texture. I learned to love that texture in Indian food and now I love it in most dishes.
Cabbage is a Beautiful Addition to Your Plate
There are so many different varieties and colors that you can choose from. But in my experience all heads of cabbage taste good. We’re using red or purple cabbage for this recipe, but you could use green if that’s all you have.
This red cabbage recipe got cut from The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook for Your Instant Pot. But the book’s loss is your gain!
In the book, it was served as a side to some potato-stuffed pierogis. I can’t give the pierogi recipe, but for a hint you can take vegan dumpling wrapper add a heaping tablespoon of mashed potato or other veggie. Then wet your finger and go around the edges to seal. Steam for about 5 minutes and enjoy!
Make an Easy Full Meal All at Once
- Cook some chopped potatoes either wrapped in foil, or in a Pyrex dish or stainless dish covered in foil, on top of the cabbage. From there you can make mashed potatoes. Or you could start off a little different and toss the potatoes with dill and paprika then cook them. Both will make this a filling meal.
- Make cauliflower steaks by cutting 1/2 inch thick slices from the middle of a head of cabbage. Cook these over the cabbage wrapped in foil. Season with fresh dill and lemon juice.
- Add in some vegan sausage sliced into rounds for a one dish meal.
- Cook 4 pieces of lightly steamed tempeh in with the cabbage. The steaming make it less bitter.
Why Do Cabbage Haters Love Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage?
My sweet ad sour cabbage uses flavors that hide some bitterness that cooked cabbage sometimes has. Also when cabbage is overcooked it can have that unpleasant smell just like cauliflower.
The trick is to no overcook the cabbage and to add some sweetness and a little bit of tart from the apple cider vinegar. Red cabbage and apples is a traditional dish that uses its ingredients to show off how wonderful cabbage is.