Easy Southern Cooked Cabbage in 20 Minutes

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Southern Cooked Cabbage

Jeff Baygents
This southern cooked cabbage with bacon drippings recipe is very tasty. And it's surprisingly simple and easy to make. It's often ready to serve in about 20 minutes.
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Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 101kcal


  • ½ medium cabbage (cut in lge. chunks)
  • ½ medium sweet onion, diced small Optional
  • 2 tbsp bacon drippings (or vegetable oil)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar


  • Cutup ½ head of cabbage into large chunks and dice the onion. Heat up the skillet to medium-high and add the bacon drippings (or oil) to the bottom of the skillet.
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  • Add the cabbage chunks and diced onions to the skillet. and sprinkle the salt, pepper, and sugar evenly across it. Begin to cook and turn the cabbage initially to coat it with the melted drippings/oil and to distribute the spices.
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  • Cook for about 5 minutes, turning the cabbage a couple of times. If needed, add up to 2 tbsp. of water. Turn the heat down to medium and cover the skillet for about 3 minutes.
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  • Turn heat down to medium-low. Again, if needed, add up to 2 tbsp. of water. Turn the cabbage once . Cover and cook for about 5 more minutes, or until done.
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Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 1mg



Resources of Southern Cooked Cabbage

This southern cooked cabbage has a lot of flexibility and is easy and quick to make. Onions are optional.  Vegetable oil can be a substitute for bacon drippings.

An Optional Addition for this Recipe for Southern Fried Cabbage

If you want to use bacon in this, it’s easier if you cut up 3 slices of bacon in pieces and then cook it.  That way, you just add the cabbage and spices immediately after that.  If I have no bacon drippings, I will typically just cook the bacon to serve that purpose. It also happens to add in the extra bacon pieces as well.

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Want to grow your own Cabbage? Click here to read about that topic. Here’s an easy recipe for white rice, which is another good side dish that goes well with cabbage.

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Cabbage cutting into chunks
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Added spices to cabbage

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Starting to cook cabbage and turning it. Click to see Best Tongs for Cooking.
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Final, southern cooked cabbage

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