Southern Fried Cabbage

A favorite dish of the Southern United States, fried cabbage is actually more sautéed and braised than fried. The dish is a great way to cook cabbage and is guaranteed to have “cabbage haters” asking for more.

Southern Fried Cabbage

This is a great way to cook cabbage. The softened cabbage is lightly bathed in a subtle sweet & sour sauce and enhanced by the addition of crispy bacon pieces.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, American South, North American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Large pot or wok, with cover


  • 3 slices Bacon, cut crosswise into ½-inch slices
  • 4 tbsp Butter, divided
  • 1 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1 medium Cabbage, cored and chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 1 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 pinch Crushed red pepper flakes


  • Cook bacon in a pot or wok over medium heat until fat is rendered. Add 2 tbsp butter then onions and sauté for 4 minutes. Add 1 tbsp water and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom.
  • Add ½ of the cabbage to the pot along with salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning. Stir to mix everything together. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir in remaining cabbage and cover. Stirring occasionally, simmer cabbage about 30 minutes. Stir in 2 tbsp butter and cider vinegar. Sprinkle in crushed red pepper flakes, if desired, and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

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