Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

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Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage is a popular side dish in Jamaica. It is easy to prepare and very flavorful. Shredded cabbage and carrots are cooked with onion, garlic, bell pepper, and thyme.

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

This is another favorite dish from back home in Jamaica. It's normally served as a side dish throughout the island. It is also popularly served as a breakfast dish. I

t is easy to prepare and adds a colorful and vibrant mood to any menu. If you happen to go to a Jamaican restaurant here in the USA, more than likely Jamaican Steamed Cabbage will be on the menu and Jamaican Rice And Peas.

Jamaican Steamed Cabbage


To prepare Jamaican Steamed Cabbage, shred cabbage and carrot thinly discarding the inner core of the cabbage. Fresh thyme is the herb that is traditionally used for this dish, although for most of the year I have thyme in my garden, at times I use Culinary Thyme Leaves.

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Please check out my other cabbage recipes:

  1. Curry Cabbage

  2. Roasted Cabbage Steaks

  3. Vegan Cabbage Soup Recipe

  4. Ital Stew Recipe

  5. Cabbage Balls




43 kcal / 180 kJ
2 g
1 g
7 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

10 min
10 min
Ready in:
20 min
6 servings



  1. Remove outer leaves of cabbage, cut in half, using a knife slice thinly discarding the inner core. Shred or thinly slice carrot.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Saute onion, garlic, bell pepper, thyme and salt
  3. Add cabbage and carrots and stir well. Add water or broth and whole Scotch Bonnet pepper.
  4. Cover and allow to cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.


Jamaican Steamed Cabbage

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Jenni
    October 18, 2019

    This cabbage recipe was so easy to make, and tasted so amazing! I made this for a party and everyone loved it!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 18, 2019

      Jenni that wonderful, I’m so happy everyone enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

  2. Jon
    March 16, 2019

    If you’re afraid of the spice, don’t cut it. Pull it out before anything else out of the pot. I have 2 young kids who love this dish because they associate it with a family friend who lives 1000 miles away now.

  3. michelle lawrence
    December 25, 2018

    I try this for Christmas with my curry chicken and shrimps It was good family love it. The only thing is I didn’t add the pepper Because my Grand kids don’t like spice.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      December 25, 2018

      Michelle, I’m so happy it turned out great. Happy holidays!

  4. Melissa Snell
    September 14, 2018

    imma try the jamacian cabbage!! i love cabbage!

  5. Jennifer Eno Wolf
    August 2, 2018

    I’m excited to try this recipe!
    Is the Scotch Bonnet Pepper a requirement? If so, do I simply put a whole one in to increase flavor, then discard once the cabbage is steamed?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 2, 2018

      Hello Jennifer that’s great, yes that is exactly how I do it. Scotch Bonnet pepper adds a unique flavor.

      • Philly
        November 17, 2019

        Where did your print button go

        • Michelle Blackwood
          November 17, 2019

          Philly its at the same place, right below the first photo to the right of the email tab.

  6. Brittany
    January 22, 2018

    A great delicious side item