Southern Fried Cabbage is the perfect side dish you’ll love for family or holiday dinners. It’s easy to make with simple ingredients and is loaded with incredible flavor from bacon and spices.
We’ve had an incredible week of cookies and back-to-school cupcakes here on the blog but I am sure we all need a break from all that sweet stuff. So today, we’re going semi-healthy with Southern-style fried cabbage.
I know one pound of bacon and healthy don’t usually come hand in hand but it does add amazing flavor to an otherwise bland side dish and cabbage is, in fact, a low-calorie food rich in vitamins and minerals. #winner
- Try to find bacon ends and pieces at your neighborhood meat section. Since we’re going to chop the meat up anyway, ends and pieces deliver the same smoky taste and are meatier and less expensive than bacon rashers.
- Not a fan of bacon? Substitute with sliced andouille sausages or diced ham.
- Cut up the cabbage in uniform size to ensure even cooking.
- Feel free to season this up with your favorite spice blend but I suggest adding salt sparingly as the bacon does bring a good amount of saltiness.
- Don’t skip the sugar as it helps heighten the natural sweetness of the vegetable and deliciously rounds up the flavor of the dish.
- I like to cook everything together so the cabbage absorbs more flavor as the bacon continues to render fat but if you prefer crispier bacon, remove from the pan when browned and just crumble up on top of the vegetable when ready to serve.
- This easy sauteed cabbage is delicious for lunch and dinner. It’s easy to make and sure to be a favorite side dish for family or holiday dinners.
- Allow leftovers to cool completely and transfer in an airtight container or resealable bags. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Reheat in a wide pan over medium heat, stirring regularly, until completely warmed through. If frozen, thaw completely in the refrigerator and proceed with re-heating in a pan.
Southern Fried Cabbage
- 1 pound bacon ends and pieces, chopped
- 1 onion, peeled and sliced thinly
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 medium cabbage, cored and chopped (about 5 cups)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- In a wide pan over medium heat, add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to crisp and render fat.
- Add onions and garlic and cook until softened.
- Add cabbage and stir to distribute.
- Cover, lower heat and cook until vegetable begins to wilt.
- Add sugar, salt, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, and pepper.
- Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 to 15 minutes or until cabbage is tender.