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Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe

In this post, you’ll find how I make Southern Fried Cabbage, a beloved Southern side dish.


Good ole fried cabbage is a traditional side dish, a savory soul food, just good old country cooking. We love cabbage and enjoy it a variety of ways…like in a stir fry, boiled or made into coleslaw.

Cabbage was once considered a winter staple. Of course now we can get cabbage all year long. It is easy to understand how it became an important crop since it is so versatile and able to be eaten raw, cooked or even fermented.

Preparing Southern style cabbage in a skillet is a fairly easy task. Typically, fried cabbage is cooked in bacon drippings or butter and seasoned.

Cooking cabbage with bacon drippings is my personal favorite. It is so savory and I enjoy the bits of crispy bacon served atop this classic vegetable side dish.

The best Southern fried cabbage with bacon - soul food - country cooking - cast iron skillet

I keep referring to fried cabbage as a side dish but there are times when it can become the star of the show as a main course. 

Historically, vegetables have been of great importance to Southerners diets. It is not unusual at all for there to be no meat course for supper and enjoy a vegetable plate where fried cabbage, fried potatoes, sliced tomatoes and a cucumber salad might be served. 

Cabbage is also a favorite for a good luck new year meal for those who don’t care for collard greens.

Iron skillet cabbage recipe

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

If you have bacon drippings stored in the fridge, which I always do, you can take a shortcut and skip frying the bacon for this recipe. Who wants to miss out on crispy bacon bits for garnish though? Not me. 

With just four ingredients we can create this savory side dish. Here is how I do it…

Step 1: Chop up the bacon strips and cook over medium heat until crispy. A cast iron skillet is preferred for this task but any skillet large enough to hold the cabbage later will do. 

Step 2: While the bacon cooks, cut up the cabbage. Remove an outer undesirable leaves on the cabbage and discard. I cut cabbage into strips, others chop into smaller pieces, the choice is yours. 

Step 3: Remove the cooked bacon pieces and set aside to use later for garnish. Add the cabbage to the skillet and turn a few times to coat with the bacon drippings. Season with salt and pepper and cook until desired tenderness, turning occasionally. 

Very simple but that is a 5 star fried cabbage recipe if I ever saw it. 

Southern fried cabbage in a cast iron skillet with bacon

Iron Skillet Cabbage Recipe

Let’s make this Southern Fried Cabbage!

Yield: 2 pounds Cabbage (give or take)

Southern Fried Cabbage

Southern Style Skillet Cabbage

Savory Southern style fried cabbage with bacon is a delicious traditional side dish

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 5 Strips of Bacon, chopped
  • 1 Head of Cabbage, medium to large in size
  • Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Heat an iron skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped bacon pieces and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon once cooked and set aside to use as garnish later.
  3. Remove and discard any undesirable outer leaves from the cabbage.
  4. Cut the cabbage into strips or chop into smaller pieces if desired.
  5. Add the cabbage to the skillet and turn to coat with the bacon drippings.
  6. Season with salt and cracked black pepper.
  7. Cook until tender, turning occasionally.
  8. Use reserved bacon pieces as garnish or add back to the cooked cabbage, mix and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g

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Captain Monk

Saturday 11th of January 2020

i always saute an onion in the bacon drippings too

Julia Jordan

Saturday 11th of January 2020

I love onions! I'll have to remember to incorporate that next time I make it.


Thursday 24th of January 2019

I definitely don't make enough cabbage! The bacon will help sway my boys too, yum!

Julia Jordan

Thursday 24th of January 2019

Carlee, Bacon makes everything better, right! ;)

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