Smothered Cabbage with Ham


Use your leftover ham in this comforting one-pot dish with cabbage and potatoes. The simple flavors get brightened at the end with a splash of cider vinegar.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 servings

What Is Smothered Cabbage?

Smothered cabbage is a one-pot dish that uses a cooking technique from Cajun and Creole cuisines of Louisiana. The cooking technique is a form of stovetop braising, where vegetables like cabbage, green beans, potatoes, corn or okra are simmered in a covered pot until tender.

What to Serve with Smothered Cabbage with Ham

This hearty side dish pairs well with many main dishes, including Herbed Chicken Thighs, Pork Loin Roast with Pepper Jelly Glaze, Crispy Roast Chicken and Baked Pork Chops. Serve with a side salad to round out the meal.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • ¼ cup canola oil or avocado oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 cup diced ham

  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced

  • 10 cups coarsely chopped green cabbage

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar


  1. Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add ham and garlic; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add cabbage, broth, potatoes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove the lid, increase heat to medium-high and continue cooking and stirring until most of the liquid has evaporated, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in vinegar.



Large pot or Dutch oven

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
12g Fat
21g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 cup
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 11g 21%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Vitamin A 123IU 2%
Vitamin C 51mg 56%
Folate 69mcg 17%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 2mg 8%
Magnesium 38mg 9%
Potassium 675mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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