Southern Fried Cabbage {5-ingredients}

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Southern Fried Cabbage is delicious and a super easy low carb dish to make. With just a hand full of ingredients, this dish comes together in less than 30 minutes.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Fried Cabbage Recipe

Most people just think of cabbage in recipes like coleslaw, but this version of cooked cabbage is absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Another amazing recipe that uses cabbage is our popular Cabbage Roll Soup – it’s a huge hit with everyone! This simple preparation of fried cabbage is a classic recipe that combines cabbage with bacon. Once you try it, this will be your new favorite side dish!

There are so many healthy benefits to cabbage. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidants, fiber, beta-carotene, and anthocyanins. It’s high in fiber and low in fat/calories. Cabbage is also great for the digestive system and immune system.

Cooked Cabbage in a Pan

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Bacon
  • Onion
  • Cabbage
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Brown Sugar (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)
Southern Fried Cabbage in Pan

How To Make Fried Cabbage

  • This recipe starts with bacon, which gets cooked until crisp and then chopped.
  • Next add diced onions into the bacon fat to cook.
  • Then chopped cabbage is mixed in with the seasoning.
  • Cook everything until the cabbage is tender and caramelized.
  • Add a little chopped parsley (optional) and then serve!
Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Can Cooked Cabbage Be Frozen?

Yes! You can either separate the whole batch into several smaller portions, or freeze the whole batch at once.

We use freezer zip-lock bags. Transfer cooled cooked cabbage into the bag, get the air out, and seal it tight. Label and freeze for 3-5 months.

To thaw: take frozen cabbage out of the freezer and place in the fridge to let it slow-thaw overnight.

To reheat cooked cabbage: it’s best to reheat it in a pan over the stove, over medium heat.

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Fried Cabbage
5 from 18 votes

Southern Fried Cabbage

This southern fried cabbage is delicious and a super easy low carb dish to make. Just a hand full of ingredients and comes together in less than 30 minutes!
Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes


  • 8 slices bacon chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 small head green cabbage cored and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley optional


  • Cook bacon in a non-stick pan over medium heat until crisp, 4-5 minutes. Remove the bacon from pan, but save the drippings.
  • Add the onions to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until they are translucent. Add the cabbage, brown sugar, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is wilted. You may need to add a bit of water to help the cabbage along.
  • Add the chopped bacon back into the pan and mix it together with the cabbage.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

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Serving: 6g | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg


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14 comments on “Southern Fried Cabbage {5-ingredients}”

  1. 5 stars
    I didn’t add the paprika and I forgot to add the brown sugar at the end. It came out fantastic. I used a very small head of cabbage and I ate 75 % of it by myself. Just bought another small head of cabbage for my next dish.

    1. Hi Pat. The smoked paprika is added with the salt, pepper and other ingredients. I will edit the recipe card. Thank you.

  2. Shelly Weidner

    5 stars
    Absolute perfection! I added a squirt of vinegar at the end and served it with hot bacon dressing on the side.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this tonight 22/09/2021 I didn’t add the sugar but I did add two garlic cloves and a little extra paprika but oh it was delicious will definitely be making again.