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Southern Fried Cabbage in an orange enameled cast iron skillet

Southern Fried Cabbage

Sauteed cabbage with bacon 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 Southern flavors from bacon and spices.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword fried cabbage and bacon, sauteed cabbage, southern fried cabbage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 405kcal
Author Lalaine


  • 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.



Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 943mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 112.8mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 1.8mg