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Lemongrass Cabbage Soup

Lemongrass Cabbage Soup

Hearty cabbage combined with the lightness of lemongrass yields a sunny, refreshing soup - and you can eat a lot of it without feeling stuffed.  The potatoes add a little body.  If you prefer sweet potatoes, use them instead of Yukon Golds.  The soup freezes well.
High Pressure, Natural Release 4 minutes
Author Jill Nussinow, MS, RDN


  • 2 Teaspoons Canola Oil, optional
  • 1 Cup Diced Onion
  • 1 Whole Hot Chile, such as ripe jalapeno or serrano, either dried and left whole or fresh and minced, optional
  • 1 Whole Lemongrass stalk, hard outer leaves discarded, stalk trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces, and bruised with the back of a knife
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 Thin Slices Fresh Ginger, about the size of a quarter, plus more for grating
  • 1/2 Medium to Large Cabbage, thinly sliced to equal at least 6 cups
  • 1 Whole Medium Yukon Gold or other potato, slicked to equal about 1 cup
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Stock
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, or coconut beverage, or a few drops of coconut extract mixed with water or stock
  • Grated Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh Chopped Cilantro, for garnish


  • Heat a stovetop pressure cooker over medium heat or set an electric cooker to saute; add the oil, if using.  Add the onion and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until no longer raw.  Add the chile, if using, the lemongrass, garlic, and ginger, and cook another minute or two until the onion is just beginning to soften.
  • Add the sliced cabbage and potato, along with the stock and coconut milk.  Lock on the lid.  Bring to high pressure; cook for 4 minutes.  Let the pressure come down naturally.  After 10 minutes, quick release any remaining pressure.  Carefully remove the lid, tilting it away from you.
  • Using tongs, remove and discard the dried chile, if using, along with the ginger and lemongrass pieces.
  • Add lime zest and juice to taste and season with salt and pepper and grated ginger, if you like.  Garnish with cilantro and serve.