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Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

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This Southern fried cabbage recipe is just amazing! Not only is this recipe easy, it is packed with comfort and of course bacon too.

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If you have always loved cooked cabbage like my family does, then this recipe is one you just must try.

Testing the Delicious Southern Fried Cabbage from the Pan
Testing the Delicious Southern Fried Cabbage from the Pan

Southern Fried Cabbage is ADDICTING!

I just love cooked cabbage and a few years ago I finally made Southern Fried Cabbage. It is so delicious, the tender cabbage, the smokey bacon, the rich sauce, and all of these flavors marry together with the texture for an amazing side dish. If you are someone that was lucky enough to have had this during your childhood, I am jealous. This recipe is so simple and yet absolutely addicting!

Bowl of Fried Cabbage
Bowl of Fried Cabbage

Of course, the bacon just sends the flavor profile over the top. Imagine adding a little bit of brown sugar and apple cider vinegar to top this off. Yum!

Fried Bacon – Need I Say More?

This recipe starts by cooking bacon pieces until crisp.  Next, you add in some onion and minced garlic. That already sounds like a recipe that you will want to devour.

Fried Bacon with Onion and Garlic
Fried Bacon with Onion and Garlic

Adding the Cabbage

Next add the cabbage and cook it until fork tender. Notice how the cabbage fills the entire large skillet? No worries, this will cook down to half the size.

Adding Cabbage to Skillet
Adding Cabbage to Skillet

It’s a super savory, smoky side dish that pairs well with just about any menu.

A few recipe notes:

  • This is a recipe that you can cook to suit your taste. If you like the cabbage with a little more texture, cook it for less time. However, I like mine fork tender. Make this recipe the way you like it. Taste a bit or two of the cabbage as it cooks and you will get it to where you like it.
  • I use an entire head of cabbage for this. Quarter and slice the cabbage. It does not have to be extremely thin, about 1/4 inch slices. No time to slice the cabbage? No worries. Use a bag of cabbage (the kind you purchase pre-sliced for coleslaw). I am a fan of time savers too.
Cooked Cabbage Ready to Eat
Cooked Cabbage Ready to Eat

Here is a homemade coleslaw recipe that we just love. Actually, I made it for years in a restaurant where I was the cook. Yum.

Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe
Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe
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Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

This Southern fried cabbage recipe is just amazing! Not only is this recipe easy, it is packed with comfort and of course bacon too.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, Cabbage, Comfort food, recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1121kcal


  • 1 Head Cabbage Shredded
  • 1 Small Onion Sliced
  • 1 LB. Bacon Diced-about 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 TBL. Garlic Minced (can substitute garlic powder)
  • 2 TBL. Worcestershire
  • 1 TBL. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TBL. Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Dice the bacon in approximately 1 inch pieces. In a large skillet, add the diced bacon.
  • Cook over medium heat until crispy. Remove all of the bacon grease except for approximately 2 TBL. (I move the bacon off to one side and spoon out the excess grease).
  • Add the diced onion, and minced garlic. Continue cooking a few minutes.
    Fried Bacon with Onion and Garlic
  • Add all of the shredded cabbage. Cover with lid and continue cooking 2-3 minutes. Then stir to get the bacon, onion, and garlic up off the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
    Adding Shredded Cabbage to Skillet
  • At about 10-15 minutes, the pan will become a little dry. Now is the time to add the 1/4 cup of water. Continue cooking with the lid on another 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes. (check for the tenderness of the cabbage).
  • When almost done, add the Worcestershire, apple cider vinegar, and brown sugar. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Cooked Cabbage Ready to Eat
  • Serve and Enjoy!

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Calories: 1121kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 113g | Saturated Fat: 44g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 495mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 86mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 2mg
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Mary Meyer

Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

I love cabbage fixed anyway I can cook it. This is the best fried cabbage recipe I have ever tried. The vinegar and brown sugar does it.


Wednesday 2nd of November 2022

Thank you for letting me know. We LOVE cabbage here too. So glad you found a recipe that you enjoy too. Take care. Vicky

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