Southern Fried Cabbage

Simple, classic, and so delicious.

Cabbage is such a humble vegetable, isn’t it? It’s economical and unassuming but if you give it just a little attention, it turns into something so flavorful and slightly sweet. This Southern Fried Cabbage is possibly my favorite way to prepare it – quick, easy, and totally no-fuss, it turns out a sweet and tender side dish (with plenty of salty, crispy bacon for good measure) every single time.

Serves 4-6
10m prep time
20m cook time



1 lb bacon, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 head green cabbage, cored and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, but leave drippings in pan.

Add onion to skillet and cook until soft, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.

Add chopped cabbage, along with paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), and season with salt and pepper.

Cook, stirring frequently, until cabbage is tender, 8-10 minutes. Add bacon back to skillet and stir to combine.

Serve and enjoy!

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