Hey Everyone! A few days ago, we made Pan-Fried Cabbage in Herb Butter. We pan-fried the shredded cabbage and there was a lot of it. This is great if you have more than two people to feed but in my house, it’s just me and my husband. So, I had to think of something to do with the rest of the leftover cabbage that I made. And I thought to myself, why not stuff bell peppers with a mixture of my favorite ground meat and cabbage, instead of rice and this recipe came to be.

Pan Fried Cabbage and Meat Stuffed Bell Peppers
Cabbage and Meat Stuffed Bell Peppers

Making The Pan Fried Cabbage

If you missed it, here’s a link to the herb butter pan-fried cabbage that I made a few days before making these peppers.

A quick run-down of how to make the cabbage:

Pan Fried Herb Butter Cabbage
  • 1½ lb shredded green cabbage
  • 5 oz Herb Butter That you make or buy already seasoned.
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Herb Butter That I Made
  • 5 oz unsalted butter
  • ½ tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp black pepper freshly ground


  1. Cut head of cabbage in half, then cut the halves into fourths. Cut the core away from the cabbage.
  2. Shred the cabbage to the size you desire. Set aside.
  3. Mix your butter with your desired herbs and spices. Place in the pan and begin to heat your pan. Once your butter is melted, just before it starts to bubble and possibly burn, add your cabbage.
  4. Stir gently until the cabbage is cooked through.

Time For Meat!

Now you choose the meat of your choice. I used ground beef because that is what I have in the freezer. You can use whatever you like though. Ground turkey, pork, or even lamb could be used as your meat. I wanted to use Worcestershire sauce to season the meat, as I do in my Shepherd’s Pie, to make this feel more Irish since it’s Irish Pride Month.

Here’s What You Need

Take these ingredients and combine them after you have browned your meat:

  • Salt and Fresh-ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Herb Butter pan-fried cabbage
  • Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • Dried Basil 
  • Dried Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Grated Mozzarella cheese

I’ll list the amounts of everything I used in the recipe card but even so seasonings are always something you should consider your own preferences when adding. Remember, you can always add more if you need to after trying it, but you can not take it out.

Meat and Pan Fried Cabbage Mixture
Meat and Cabbage Mixture

Melted Cheese

The mozzarella goes into the meat mixture once you’ve browned the meat and gotten your seasonings just how you want it. I used about a cup of mozzarella. You may wish to use more but I find that this is the perfect amount. I also bought a four-cheese mix of cheddar cheese to top my peppers with once they were finished cooking.

Cutting the Tops Off Your Peppers

There are two ways to do this. You can either cut straight across the top and pull the core out. (single pepper cut this way on the right.) Remember to remove the seeds. Or, you can angle your knife down and cut the top off more like how you would cut the top of a pumpkin open. The photo below shows both ways. I chose to angle my knife because it wasted less of the pepper. If you love bell pepper and want some in your meat mix, something you can do if you cut straight across, is cut the pepper away from the stem you removed and add that to your meat mix instead of throwing it all out.

Cut the Top Off Your Peppers
Cut the Top Off Your Peppers

Place your Trivet in a cup of water.

Trivet in Water
Trivet in Water

Stuff your peppers with your meat and pan fried cabbage mix

Place your peppers carefully on top of the trivet and lock down the lid.

Stuffed Peppers in the Instant Pot
Stuffed Peppers in the Instant Pot

That’s it! Turn the Instant Pot on High for 5 min. Carefully release the pressure and remove the lid immediately. Sprinkle your cheddar cheese on top, if you choose. And they are ready to serve!

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Yummy Stuffed Bell Peppers

Pan-Fried Cabbage and Meat Stuffed Bell Peppers

Need a keto option for stuffed bell peppers or just want to use it for all that boiled or pan fried cabbage you made recently? Consider using it in Stuffed Bell Peppers!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dinner, Entrée, Lunch
Cuisine American, Irish
Servings 4 People


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Trivet for Pressure Cooker
  • skillet


  • 1 lb Ground Meat I used Beef, but your choice!
  • 4 Med Bell Peppers
  • 2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 cup Mozzarella


  • Put the cup of water into the inner liner of the pressure cooker. Then place a trivet in the pot for the peppers to sit on.
  • Cut the tops off the peppers. Deseed and remove the core
  • Add the ground turkey or beef (raw) and cook till brown and done throughout.
  • Add your seasonings to taste. Add your cup of mozzarella and stir till fully mixed.
  • Fill each pepper with enough of the meat mixture to come a little bit above the top of the pepper. Place stuffed peppers on the trivet in the pot. This way they are above the water.
  • Put the lid on and close it, turning the steam release knob to the sealed position.
  • Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button, and then the +/- button to select 5 minutes on High Pressure. (If your peppers seem wider than mine in the photo, you may choose to add as much as 4 additional min. I would not cook them more than 10 min, though.
  • After the cooking cycle ends, turn the steam release knob and vent, Quick Release the pressure.
  • When it's safe to do so, remove the lid. After some steam is gone, add your grated cheese to the top of each pepper.
  • Remove peppers with tongs and enjoy!

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