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Slow Cooker Cabbage

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Yes, you can cook cabbage in the slow cooker and it comes out silky, tender, and full of flavor! Elevate the humble cabbage with this minimal prep recipe – all you have to do is chop the cabbage. You’ll just need a handful of simple pantry ingredients and a slow cooker for a versatile, surprisingly tasty go-to side dish recipe that works well with bacon (or without, for an easy vegetarian option)!
Course Side Dish
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword cabbage, Crockpot, Slow Cooker
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Servings 8
Calories 304


  • 1 medium head cabbage cored and sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled (optional, omit for vegetarian and vegan)

to add at the end:

  • 3 tablespoons butter traditional or non-dairy


  • To a 6-quart slow cooker, add the cabbage, salt, water, cider vinegar, and bacon (if using) stirring to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours, or until the cabbage is very tender. If possible, quickly stir the cabbage once during the cook time. Otherwise, do not uncover during this time.
  • Turn the slow cooker off. Uncover and stir in the butter. Taste and add additional salt, vinegar, or butter if desired.


For more ingredients & substitutions, see blog post above.
Nutritional information calculated using traditional butter and with bacon, note that nutritional information will vary depending on what type of butter (traditional or vegan) and bacon you choose.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 263IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg