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Southern Fried Cabbage

This fried cabbage with bacon is an old Southern favorite (for good reason).

Updated February 26, 2018
Southern Fried Cabbage
Southern Fried Cabbage
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This Southern Fried Cabbage is the perfect cabbage recipe for a quick and easy dinner. If you have had a long day and you want to make up a meal that will take less than an hour this bacon and cabbage recipe is exactly what you need! This dish is sure to bring out your Southern side when you dig into this delicious burst of flavors. Plus, you can make a lot or a little of this fried cabbage recipe and have it be the perfect side dish or main dish!  

Cooking MethodOne-Pot



Total Timeunder 1 hour


  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 head cabbage, cored and sliced or cubed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pinch white sugar
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes

Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe


  1. Place bacon into a large pot over medium heat.

  2. Cook for about 5 minutes.

  3. Add cabbage, sugar, salt, pepper, water and crushed bouillon cubes to the pot; cook and stir the cabbage as it cooks.

  4. Cook until tender but still crispy.

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I am truly sadden to the fact that I was raised in the south and I have never heard of this recipe. Our family usually just steamed and cabbage. The big twist or variation was to cook with green pepper. This recipe sounds divine and I plan on making it for Sunday supper.

Growing up I remember eating cabbage cooked this way but it had onion and zucchini instead and was without the bacon. I'm not sure if this would be hearty enough for dinner but it will definitely be great for a light lunch and, red onion would not only bring more flavor but also a little color to this dish as well.

At our empty nest, I am the only one that likes cabbage cooked so I very seldom prepare it and I usually just steam it. This recipe sounds yummy and I can not wait until my next grocery store run. I plan on getting a head of cabbage. One pan to prepare is the best also.

I made this as a side dish for our family barbecue over the past weekend. We used about double the quantity of bacon as the cabbage was quite large. Then we also added 2 crushed cloves of garlic fresh from the garden. We also undercooked the cabbage because it was going to stand for a while before serving. The cabbage was still crunchy and delicious tasting with the rest of the flavors adding to the overall appetising taste.

I have been making cabbage this way for many years now, but I had no idea that it was a southern dish! I use sliced onions in mine, and prefer to use chicken stock or chicken bouillon rather than the beef. Depending on what brand I buy, the beef bouillon can sometimes taste a little "tinny" to me.

I love the simplicity and versatility of this Southern Fried Bacon and Cabbage recipe. I like making it for myself as a main dish for a tasty lunch, or making a larger "batch" as a side dish for a family dinner. I agree with Edmund K. and added just a little butter, but it really doesn't need it.

This would make a great little side dish for dinner or a potluck. It's a really simple recipe, which is something I enjoy when I need a break from something a bit more complex cooking-wise. I keep thinking this needs a bit of butter in the cooking process since that's how I recall my mother making it when I was growing up.


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