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Southern Fried Cabbage

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This southern fried cabbage features tender cabbage cooked with bacon for a delicious side dish.
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  1. Southern Fried Cabbage Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. STORAGE
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Southern fried cabbage is a quick and simple recipe to make that takes fresh cabbage and gives it loads of flavor. Plus, with the crispy bacon added to it, the recipe is perfect for a lunch or even as a main dish. 

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Southern Fried Cabbage Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium head of cabbage, chopped with core removed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

​​BACON: If you are looking for classic alternatives to add to the dish in place of the strips of bacon, then either crayfish or smoked fish could be used.

You can also add some tomatoes if you use these to make it a little moister.

SPICE: Add a few red pepper flakes for a little heat or for a different twist on the flavor, how about a little bit of cajun seasoning?

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How To Make This Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

STEP ONE: In a large frying pan, cook 6 slices of bacon over high heat. Once cooked, remove bacon from the pan and set it aside on a plate lined with a paper towel. Leave bacon drippings in the frying pan.

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STEP TWO: Add butter, onions, and minced garlic to the frying pan with the bacon grease. Cook over high heat until onions just start to brown. Stir the onions often so they don’t burn. 

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STEP THREE: In a large saucepan, add chopped cabbage (cabbage should be chopped into bite-sized pieces), contents of frying pan (onions, garlic, and remaining butter), all the spices, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir all until the cabbage is well coated. 

PRO TIP:

Cut the cabbage from top down through the core. Place the cut side down on the cutting board, then slice the cabbage around the core and discard the core. Chop the sliced ribbons into bite-sized pieces.

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STEP FOUR: Cover the pot with a lid and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often so nothing burns on the bottom of the pot. Cabbage is cooked when it is softened but not wilted. 

PRO TIP:

If you don’t have a lid big enough for the pan, you can move everything into a large pot when it’s time to cook together. Foil over the frying pan won’t work as a “lid” since enough steam won’t stay in the pan to cook the cabbage.

STEP FIVE: Cut bacon into small pieces and stir into cabbage mixture.

STEP SIX: Serve hot. 

How To Serve

Whip up this southern cabbage the next time you are looking for a great side dish. If you want something to serve with your cabbage, you could try a simple oven baked chicken and dirty rice.

If you are looking for different ways to use up that cabbage, then why not try a cabbage roll casserole or cabbage soup?

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Once the cabbage has cooled down, you can store leftover fried cabbage in the fridge for up to 5 days. Pop it in an airtight container so the cabbage doesn’t go soggy. Reheat back in a saucepan.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze uncooked fresh cabbage by separating the leaves then popping it in a sealable freezer bag. Leave it there for up to 4 weeks. It may not be quite as crispy as before but it saves wasting any.

If you want to freeze this dish after it has been made, you can, but the texture may change slightly once thawed.

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This simple southern fried cabbage with bacon is an easy recipe to make and has loads of taste with the spices and the bacon. Try this traditional southern side dish for a main meal served with chicken or as a comfort food lunch.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I cut the cabbage?

Cut the cabbage from top down through the core. Place the cut side down on the cutting board, then slice the cabbage around the core and discard the core. Chop the sliced ribbons into bite-sized pieces.

Can I freeze southern fried cabbage?

You can freeze this dish although the texture may change slightly once thawed. It will still be delicious though!

Can I use any type of bacon I’d like in this recipe?

Thick-cut or regular bacon would work fine in this recipe.

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Southern Fried Cabbage

5 from 2 votes
This southern fried cabbage features tender cabbage cooked with bacon for a delicious side dish.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 6 strips bacon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium head of cabbage, chopped with core removed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon worcestershire sauce

Instructions
 

  • In a large frying pan, cook 6 strips of bacon over high heat. Once cooked, remove bacon from pan and set aside. Leave bacon grease in the frying pan.
  • Add butter, onions and minced garlic to frying pan with bacon grease. Cook over high heat until onions just start to brown. Keep stirring the onions often so they don't burn
  • In a large saucepan, add chopped cabbage (cabbage should be chopped into bite-sized pieces), contents of frying pan (onions, garlic and remaining butter), all the spices, apple cider vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir all until cabbage is well coated.
  • Cover pot with a lid and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often so nothing burns on the bottom of the pot. Cabbage is cooked when it is softened but not wilted.
  • Cut bacon into small pieces and stir into cabbage mixture.
  • Serve hot.

Notes

  • If you don’t have a lid big enough for the pan, you can move everything into a large pot when it’s time to cook together. Foil over the frying pan won’t work as a “lid” since enough steam won’t stay in the pan to cook the cabbage.
  • Cut the cabbage from top down through the core. Place the cut side down on the cutting board, then slice the cabbage around the core and discard the core. Chop the sliced ribbons into bite-sized pieces.

Nutrition

Sodium: 577mg | Calcium: 87mg | Vitamin C: 58mg | Vitamin A: 522IU | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 5g | Potassium: 380mg | Cholesterol: 25mg | Calories: 180kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fat: 13g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 13g | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Deirdre V says

    Is there anything you can think of to replace the bacon?. My husband is a vegetarian but if I leave the bacon out I feel I will lose a lot of the taste.

  2. Nanette says

    5 stars
    Have made it yet but I’ve got a plan.. we shall see. This is from great grandma big in your fresh and root veges.

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