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Stewed cabbage + Irish potatoes = match made in heaven. This is a pretty simple equation and a pretty true one. Cabbage is one of those things that I hardly cook. I mostly use it in salads. But when I cook it, I love to stew it with lots of added vegetables. It makes such a fresh meal! Pairing the stewed cabbage with some Irish potatoes is a thing I learned from my aunt in Cameroon.


Aunty will boil the potatoes then deep fry in oil to give it a nice crunch on the back and an overall improved texture. I chose to rather brush the boiled potatoes with some vegetable oil and bake in the oven instead of frying. Because fit fam has been calling my name since 1962.


The stewed cabbage requires pretty simple ingredients. Cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers. I also add some green beans and green onions to it if I have them on hand. You don’t need anything in a can here. I had only a few fresh tomatoes left so I added a can of diced tomatoes to substitute. Don’t be like me. Use fresh tomatoes only.


All of the ingredients come together to make a nice savoury pot of stewed veggies with cabbage as the hero. Cabbage for president!


It’s basically a vegetable party in the mouth. Talk about eating veggies without feeling punished!


This recipe makes an excellent balanced meal if you add some fish or chicken to it. You could make some grilled fish or some roast chicken to accompany it. Enjoy!

Stewed cabbage as I learned from my aunt in Cameroon

Stewed Cabbage and Irish Potatoes

4.75 from 4 votes
This cabbage is stewed together with other vegetables and served with the most delicious potatoes. The potatoes are boiled then baked for better texture and taste. I learned how to make the epic potatoes from my aunt in Cameroon.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


For the cabbage

  • 1 medium cabbage - chopped
  • 8 tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 2 small Maggi/Knorr cubes (seasoning)
  • 1 large carrot - chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper - chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves- chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 hot pepper (habanero or scotch bonnet) optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the potatoes

  • 20 small Irish potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


For the cabbage

  • In a pot, bring 8 cups of water together with half a teaspoon of salt to a boil. When it boils, turn off the heat then put the chopped cabbage into the boiled water. Cover and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Then drain the cabbage using a colander. Rinse with cold water, squeeze and set aside.
  • In a pot, heat up vegetable oil. Add in the chopped onion to saute for two minutes.
  • Add in the chopped tomatoes and allow to cook with the onions and oil until it shrinks and no longer tastes too sour. You should be stirring from time to time.
  • Add in garlic and stir well. Allow to simmer for two minutes.
  • Add in salt and Maggi (seasoning) and give everything a good mix.
  • Finally add the cabbage, carrot and bell pepper. Mix well until everything is well incorporated. Allow to cook together for five minutes then turn off the heat.

For the potatoes

  • Peel potatoes, wash and boil in salted water until tender.
  • Drain potatoes and place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Brush the potatoes with vegetable oil and bake in a preheated oven at 450 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove and serve together with the cabbage.


If you wish, deep fry the potatoes after boiling instead of baking.
Other vegetables you could add in the stewed cabbage are green beans, green onions or even herbs like celery. They should be chopped before being added.


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 0.2mg | Sodium: 858mg | Potassium: 1522mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3270IU | Vitamin C: 127mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 3mg

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Cameroonian
Calories: 310
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  1. I recently came across your blog and I am very happy to have. I love the simplicity of your recipes , I want to commend you for using simple ingredients that can easily be sourced. I love cooking and baking alot , I’ve always wanted to be a food blogger and I pray to be very successful like you. You motivate me with your stories and it gives me a big ” YES I CAN” sense and by God’s grace I’ll overcome any spirit of doubt and begin what I’ve always wanted to do. Your fan always. Please I’ll like to know if I can put the cabbage without putting it in the hot water first, because I love the texture of fresh cabbage. Thanks .

    1. Hi Lindjoy, you are so kind. So glad to be able to inspire you. To answer your question, yes you can put in the cabbage like that.

  2. I was born in Cameroun and was treated to this cabbage recipe from childhood. As a guy I grew up and came back to Nigeria and forgot how to cook this cabbage stew but NEVER forgot the taste. My wife tasted this once when she visited one of my sisters and asked me to teach her how to cook it but I was lost. You can’t imagine how thrilled I was cooking this stew Infront of my wife and the childhood experiences and touches coming back. Thanks a lot for your time and hard work. I must say, i went a little bit Cameroonian in my cooking though… Haha.

    1. Hi, La Paix! Reading this made me so happy! Thank you for sharing with me. I am so glad you enjoyed making the cabbage stew and I am glad I could bring back memories for you. Happy New Year!

  3. You are so inspirational but please my husband to be is a pure vegetarian. Please kindly advise options for him. For me am a meat and fish lover but i need to be considerate on what he eats.
    Please kindly help me with your delicious
    veggie menus

    1. Hi Vera, you can actually make this with mushrooms. I have made it with mushrooms before and it tastes great!

  4. I tried dis recipe two weeks ago though I used yams cos dat was Wat was available. It was very delicious dat hubby kept asking for more.
    I also used d Cabbage stew 4 rice n it was ‘wow.’
    Ma Pre…… U r d best.