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Southern Fried Cabbage

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You can make Southern Fried Cabbage in less than half an hour to have a filling and delicious lunch or main meal. Make cabbage much more exciting with this classic Southern recipe.
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  1. SOUTHERN FRIED CABBAGE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS SOUTHERN FRIED CABBAGE RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
  4. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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Southern Fried Cabbage is a quick and simple recipe to make that takes less than 30 minutes to cook. It takes cabbage, which isn’t the most exciting ingredient and gives it loads of flavour. Plus with the bacon added to it, the recipe is perfect for a lunch or even as a main meal. 

If you are looking for more ideas to use up that cabbage, then why not try a Cabbage Roll Casserole? Or if you want something to serve with this cabbage dish, you could try a simple Oven Baked Chicken.

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MORE CABBAGE RECIPES:
Cabbage Rolls | Cabbage Roll Soup


SOUTHERN FRIED CABBAGE INGREDIENTS

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You will 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 bacon, then either crayfish or smoked fish would be used. You can also add some tomatoes if you use these to make it a little moister.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS SOUTHERN FRIED CABBAGE RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a large frying pan, cook 6 strips of bacon over high heat. Once cooked, remove bacon from the pan and set aside. Leave bacon grease 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. 

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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. 

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Once the cabbage has cooled down, you can store it 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 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.

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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 classic southern dish for a main meal served with chicken or as a comfort food lunch.

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Southern Fried Cabbage

5 from 2 votes
You can make Southern Fried Cabbage in less than half an hour to have a filling and delicious lunch or main meal. Make cabbage much more exciting with this classic Southern recipe.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 6 strips bacon
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium head of cabbage chopped with core removed
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp 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.
    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.
  • Cut bacon into small pieces and stir into cabbage mixture.
  • Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg
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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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