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Southern Fried Cabbage

Southern Fried Cabbage is the perfect, deliciously flavorful side dish to accompany any Southern-Style meal. Southern Fried Cabbage is super easy to make, using simple ingredients, such as tender cabbage, crisp smoked bacon, onions, and is packed with an incredible flavor from the Cajun spices. 

Southern Fried Cabbage is a comfort food our family has made for as long as I can remember, by merely rendering smoked bacon, sauteeing green cabbage, and yellow onions slowly, in unsalted butter, and seasonings, I bet some of Y’all thought as soon as you read the title it was going to be breaded deep-fried in oil didn’t you?

 

Southern Fried CabbageThis recipe is one of the old-time methods that many Southern Families enjoy, the main ingredients are pretty much the same in most recipes, however, you may find a few variances from recipe to recipe, or additions to kick the recipe up a notch. I keep mine pretty short, sweet, and to the point.

Have you ever tasted buttery cabbage and onions together? Now imagine that excellent, flavorful, buttery cabbage and onions with crispy smoked bacon and seasoned with Cajun Spices, so damn delicious it’s ridiculous!

 

 

 

Southern Fried Cabbage is the perfect side dish to accompany Southern-Style dinners. It’s Super easy to make, using simple ingredients, such as cabbage, crisp bacon, onions, and is packed with an incredible flavor from the Cajun spices.I am telling you, Southern Fried Cabbage is one of those recipes that if you love cabbage, you are going to be hooked. Yes, you have hooked, line, and sinker. How can you go wrong with a recipe that pairs so well with an excellent down-home Southern Meal such as Fried Chicken, Smothered Pork Chops, Hamburger Steaks, or nearly any Southern-Style other meat?

I have to be honest though Y’all there have been times I have just made a big batch of this Fried Cabbage and had it over a bed of white rice with a kick of Hot sauce, and called it a day. You could even put it over noodles if you like, and it’s just as delicious.

 

 

 

Southern Fried Cabbage

 

 

 

 

Ingredients needed for Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

  • Thick Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon  
  • Unsalted butter 
  • Large yellow onion 
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Cajun seasoning 
  • Large head of cabbage 
  • Worchester sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground Black Pepper

 

 

 

Pro Tips for Southern Fried Cabbage

  1. Be sure to use quality thick-sliced smoked bacon, and it adds a great smoky flavor to the cabbage.
  2. Onions matter, trust me, use a large yellow onion, sweet onions, or salad onions seem to throw this recipe entirely off.
  3. Fresh garlic is a must in this recipe.
  4. You can replace the Cajun Seasoning with Creole Seasoning, however, be mindful the Creole Seasoning sometimes have a more substantial salt content.
  5. Be sure to adjust the seasoning as needed.
  6. Some people use a pinch of sugar in their recipes; I do not. If you would like to add sugar, please be mindful 1/4 of a teaspoon is more than enough thrust me.

 

 

 

Southern Fried Cabbage
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5 from 22 votes

Southern Fried Cabbage

Southern Fried Cabbage is the perfect deliciously flavorful side dish to accompany any Southern-Style meal. Southern Fried Cabbage is super easy to make, using simple ingredients, such as tender cabbage, crisp smoked bacon, onions, and is packed with an incredible flavor from the Cajun spices. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: bacon, Cabbage, Fried Cabbage, Onions
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 210kcal
Author: hmccallum

Ingredients

  • 8 Slices Crispy Hickory Smoked Bacon chopped
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Bacon drippings optional
  • 1 large Yellow Onion chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 head Cabbage chopped or sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning or more
  • Kosher salt to own taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to own taste

Instructions

  • Heat a large Cast Iron skillet on medium heat, once heated add the smoked bacon careful not to overcrowd the pan and cook until the bacon has rendered off the fat and become crisp- about 12 minutes or so
  • Meanwhile, slice the cabbage, chop or slice the yellow onions, mince the garlic cloves, and reserve until needed.
  • Once the bacon is done remove the bacon from cast iron skillet and drain off all bacon dripping other than about 1 tablespoon, add 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter to the pan, let it melt. Add the cabbage, onions, and minced garlic at this time and cook reduce heat to medium-low heat. Season with Worcestershire Sauce, Cajun Seasoning, Kosher salt, ground black pepper, and let slowly cook turning every so often until the cabbage has softened. About 15-20 minutes or less if you like your cabbage a little firmer.
  • Remove the cabbage from the cast iron skillet and place on a serving dish, top with crispy smoked bacon, or stir the bacon in. 

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

 

 

 
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Southern Fried Cabbage is the perfect deliciously flavorful side dish to accompany any Southern-Style meal. Southern Fried Cabbage is super easy to make, using simple ingredients, such as tender cabbage, crisp smoked bacon, onions, and is packed with an incredible flavor from the Cajun spices.

 

 

 

 

 

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39 Comments

  • Reply
    Deanne Frieders
    June 18, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I love cabbage so I can’t wait to try this next week along side our grilled pork chops!! Awesome!!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 24, 2019 at 9:51 am

      That sounds awesome together Deanne!

  • Reply
    Tisha
    June 18, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Perfect classic southern dish that has so much flavor!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 24, 2019 at 9:51 am

      Thank you, Tisha! I sure hope you got a chance to make it!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    June 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    This is a great recipe! Loved the bacon flavor and enjoyed the perfect amount of crunch! Delicious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      July 24, 2019 at 9:52 am

      Good morning, Sara, thank you for letting me know! That makes my day even better!

  • Reply
    Georgie
    December 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I didn’t even know that fried cabbage was a thing! But I am digging this recipe! Looks great!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 19, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Thanks, Georgie, Oh yes it’s a thing alive and well here in the South! You just have to try it. So good. Have a great day.

  • Reply
    Manny
    December 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Great recipe! I love cabbage and awhile back went to small restaurant in the Memphis area and had this and I am telling you it was killer. I’m glad you posted this so I can try making it at home.

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 19, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Thank you, Manny, I used to live about 10 minutes from Memphis. I love going to Memphis for Southern food! The best!

  • Reply
    DeliciousLittleBites
    December 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I’m doing low carb and have been wanting to make a friend cabbage! This recipe is just what I was looking for – I never thought to add seasoning like the cajun one – great idea!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 19, 2019 at 9:11 am

      Thank you, I add that stuff to a lot of things to bring up the flavor. I like the brand Slap Ya Mama, it’s not as salty and has more kick.

  • Reply
    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    December 21, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Sounds amazing! I should totally be eating all my veggies like this.

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 19, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Ha Ha, Matt!! I’m glad we were able to get you to eat more veggies. Have an awesome day.

  • Reply
    Mila Dawn
    December 21, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    This is one of my childhood favorites, my mom used to make it slightly different, she didn’t use Cajun seasoning, I think she just added a pinch of Cayenne pepper. I can’t wait to try this one though.

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 19, 2019 at 9:13 am

      I love it too! So good! Glad you enjoyed the recipe

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    December 21, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    My favorite way of eating cabbage! Except I add a little butter to the bacon grease, more cabbage and sometimes the whole pkg of bacon!! Yum!!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 19, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Thank you! Yes bacon grease and butter are a great combo

  • Reply
    Catherine Brown
    December 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I love cabbage but have never tried it like this! This sounds delicious.

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      February 19, 2019 at 9:14 am

      I hope you try it, I bet you really enjoy it, Catherine. Thanks for dropping by.

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