It’s a breeze to cook my pressure cooker red cabbage and apple recipe in your Instant Pot or Electric Pressure cooker, it only takes 5 minutes, it’s perfect to serve with most meats and of course it’s gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and low calorie, and has a paleo option.
How to Cook Pressure Cooker Red Cabbage and Apple
This is a very easy dish to prepare in and is a perfect fall or winter side dish!
According to the BBC you should choose a cabbage that is heavy, bright and has crisp leaves, avoid any that have puffy leaves or outer layers already removed.
To prepare your red cabbage you need to first remove the tough outer leaves. Then you need to remove the white inner core, it’s hard and you don’t want to eat that part.
You can slice it with a large sharp knife, or you can put large wedges of it into your food processor with the slicing blade and shred it like that if you prefer. You don’t want to cut it too small, it doesn’t need to be sliced as small as you would have for slaw mix so make the pieces a little bigger.
Once you have all the other ingredients prepared including the onions and apple, you can start by adding the liquids to the inner pot of your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker, and then simply layering the ingredients bit by bit until the are all in the pot, full and detailed directions are in the recipe below.
Health Benefits of Red Cabbage
I don’t know about you, but growing up I really didn’t rate cabbage. Mostly because I associated it with bad school dinners where the cabbage was always overcooked and not something anyone wanted for lunch!
Despite being much maligned, red cabbage is full of healthy immune system boosting vitamin C, high in antioxidants and inflammation-fighting phytonutrients, and vitamin K.
It also is a great food for those of us who need help promoting a healthy gut (that’s me!). I’ve made sauerkraut with it in the past and it was particularly nice that way and also had the benefit of being packed full of natural healthy probiotics.
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What to serve with Red Cabbage
I love to serve my red cabbage and apple recipe with pot roasts or my Instant Pot Whole chicken, it’s just a little different from plain old cabbage! It would also be fabulous with any type of meat dish such as Company Pot Roast, Pulled Pork, or Cilantro Lime Chicken.
Kitchen Items you’ll need for this recipe
To make this recipe you’ll need an electric pressure cooker, I have the Instant Pot Duo 6QT multi functional Pressure Cooker and I really love it, especially the fact that it has a stainless steel insert instead of non stick like some other brands.
While I mostly use it as a pressure cooker (I love to get my dinners on the table FAST!) it can also double up as a rice cooker, a slow cooker, a yoghurt maker, and a steamer.
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Instant Pot Red Cabbage and Apple
An easy side dish that goes well with all sorts of main course meals!
- 1 lb red cabbage 454g
- 1 onion, chopped small 225g
- 1.5 apples, peeled cored and chopped small
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 whole nutmeg, grated
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 ground cloves
- 3 tbsp brown sugar, or honey for paleo
- 3 tsbp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 oz butter, or dairy free margarine 14g
- 1/2 cup water
First discard the tough outer leaves of the cabbage, cut it into quarters and remove the hard stalk.
Next shred the rest of the cabbage using a sharp knife, or you can add large wedges to your food processor and use the slicing blade to shred it.
In your Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker add the water and wine vinegar to the inner pot.
Then layer first some of the cabbage, season with a little salt and pepper, then add a little of the apple, onion, spices, garlic, sugar, and then layer again with more cabbage and continue until you've added all the ingredients.
If you are following the paleo diet you can omit the sugar and add honey after it's cooked.
Lock the lid, turn the steam vent to 'sealing' and using the manual setting, adjust it to cook for 5 minutes at High Pressure.
When the cook time time is up you can immediately open the steam vent (turn it to 'venting'), when all the pressure is released and the pressure valve has dropped you can then open the lid and stir the cabbage mixture well. If you are following the paleo diet and have omitted the sugar then you can add the honey at this point and stir it in while the cabbage is hot.
Add in a little butter or dairy free margarine if desired, serve hot.
Adapted from Delia
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