Fried Cabbage

Fried Cabbage

5 from 44 reviews

A simple yet scrumptious dish of pan-fried cabbage, onions, and bacon.  Southern Fried Cabbage is lightly seasoned and quick to come together, making it a true family favorite.


  • 6 slices smoked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 head green cabbage cored and thinly sliced
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. In a large skillet or Dutch Oven over medium heat, brown the bacon (alternately, you can do this in the stove on a baking sheet).  Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon. Reserve the bacon grease.  Coarsely chop the bacon.
  2. Melt butter and heat bacon grease in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes.  Add the chopped bacon to the skillet and stir to combine with butter and onions.  Add the cabbage and cook until tender, stirring several times to make sure it does not burn and that it cooks evenly; approximately 5-7 minutes.  Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and, if desired, Cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes.


    • If available, use nitrate-free smoked bacon.  It is healthier and really does taste better.

    • Reserve the bacon grease and add it to the skillet with the butter.

    • Slice your cabbage thin, so it cooks evenly and soaks up all that good butter and bacon grease.

    • Are you in a super big hurry, and you have to get supper on the table?  No problem. Chop the raw bacon and place it in the skillet over medium heat.  Cook it for 2-3 minutes stirring several times, then reduce the heat to medium-low.  Then add the butter and onions and cook as directed.  The bacon will not be as crispy, but it will still be delicious.

    • For a zippy tang, add a splash or two of apple cider vinegar.

    • This dish is best served promptly.  If held in the skillet too long, the cabbage will overcook.

    • We like our cabbage with just a tiny little bit of crispiness and structure left, but you can adjust the cooking time to your texture preference.

    • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    • To freeze fried cabbage, first, fully cool it, then store it in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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