A Side for the Ham n Beans | Stove Top Buttered Cabbage Recipe

Right after Christmas the first thing I always do with the leftover ham is chop it into cubes, save the drippings and make a big batch of Ham n Beans. It’s a pathetically simple recipe that comes with a lot of comfort and flavor. And next to the ham n beans, you’ll always find a a side of cornbread and buttered cabbage.

Growing up my dad just boiled the hell out of it and threw some pepper in but I like it smooth and silky, steamed and dripping with butter, lots of butter.

stove top buttered cabbage

Stove Top Buttered Cabbage Recipe
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Type: Side Dish
Serves: 6
  • 1 small head of cabbage
  • 1 stick of butter, salted
  • fresh ground black pepper
  1. Heat the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium heat.
  2. While the butter is melting, cut the cabbage into 1-2 inch cubes.
  3. Drop the cabbage into the skillet and stir.
  4. Add a lid to the skillet to trap the steam and reduce heat to low.
  5. Let it cook for about 30 minutes, until the cabbage is tender.
  6. Serve with a generous topping of fresh ground black pepper.



    • says

      Perfect timing then huh? What do you usually pair cabbage with? I don’t think I’ve ever used it outside of cabbage rolls or as a side for ham n beans.

  1. says

    Yummy! I am using cabbage today to make homemade egg rolls, should be good. I usually will steam my cabbage with a bunch of other veggies too and put some Mrs. Dash on it.

    • says

      Please tell me you’re going to post those. I’d love to make some egg rolls but I wouldn’t know where to start.

    • says

      I hope they do too. I got lucky with the girls, I don’t think I’ve found a vegetable yet they don’t like. You can always cut the butter down to lighten it up a bit.