10/01/12

Southern Cooked Cabbage

A simple recipe for cabbage cooked the Southern way by sautéing in bacon grease then slowly cooking until tender - sometimes called Fried Cabbage.

Some people crave stuff like chocolate or potato chips. I crave stuff like cabbage or coconut pie.

I can prove this by telling you that when Husband went to the kitchen for a snack last night he came back with a bag of ketchup chips (it’s a Canadian thing… I dunno) and some thin mint cookies. When I went to the kitchen for a snack I came back with the leftover cabbage from supper.

Then he told me I was gross and I told him I was the one with a healthy colon.

Southern Cooked Cabbage - A simple recipe for cabbage cooked the Southern way by sautéing in bacon grease then slowly cooking until tender - sometimes called Fried Cabbage.

I posted an unofficial survey on the facebook page asking what people called this dish. We just always called it “cooked cabbage.” If someone told me they were serving cabbage, this is what it meant to me.

Most folks responded saying they called this either cooked cabbage or fried cabbage.

This “frying” method is really just sautéing it in a little fat then covering with a lid so the water that’s released from the cabbage can steam it. This is also exactly how I cook collard greens (and mustard or turnip greens).

Southern Cooked Cabbage - A simple recipe for cabbage cooked the Southern way by sautéing in bacon grease then slowly cooking until tender - sometimes called Fried Cabbage.

Try Southern Cooked Cabbage with one of these awesome main dishes:

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  • Barbequed Steaks – Thinly sliced grilled steaks marinated then basted in a homemade barbeque sauce. 
Southern Cooked Cabbage - A simple recipe for cabbage cooked the Southern way by sautéing in bacon grease then slowly cooking until tender - sometimes called Fried Cabbage.
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36 comments:

  1. Love this recipe, I also add about a Tbs. of sugar to it. Gives it a just a hint of sweetness, very yummo!!!

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    1. I also make mine with a bit of sugar when I add the water, salt and pepper! This is one of my daughter's favorite comfort foods, which is unusual for a 19 year old to like cabbage at all these days..lol! She and I can sit and polish off a whole pan full of this!

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    2. Same here I add a little brown sugar , an eat it with some sweet corn bread it's YuMMy

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  2. Now add some onion and home made egg noodles , you'll have a plate of heaven.

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  3. I like to chop a medium onion, seems to bring out the sweetness of the cabbage. Try coconut oil for a different and healthier oil - a scant tablespoon full will do it.

    Bill Clay
    cabbage freak.

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    1. I find that if I use Vidallia onions there is no need for anything else, as they are naturally sweet.

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  4. I do this with onion and smoked sausage. Add a pan of cornbread and you got supper at my house! lol
    Karen

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    1. Had this exact same meal last night with the addition of home made baby lima beans to go with the cabbage and corn bread. Yummy!!

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  5. I get teased all the time because most of my recipes involve bacon grease! Apparently I am the only person in my circle of friends that keeps a mug of bacon grease in my refrigerator! Certainly must be a southern thing! I adore fried cabbage. I start it frying in the pan with the bacon grease, do the steaming thing with the lid and then I sprinkle on a tiny bit of sugar and fried it again. It gets a pretty brown and tastes like heaven!

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  6. At my house, we store bacon grease by pouring it in and ice tray and letting it harden and then pop it out and store it in a freezer bag in the freezer.

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    1. linda roberts6/23/15, 10:31 PM

      Thanks for the idea....so smart!! Remember the grease can our moms and grandmother kept on the stove.....lol

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    2. Love that!!

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    3. Very good idea.
      Dee

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    4. Good idea.AND adding noodles to the cabbage you have a Slovak dish which is amazing .

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  7. My mama used salt pork and a little bacon grease. Always wondered what it was called because she used to call it smothered cabbage which just confused everyone. Sooo good. I like the smoked sausage and onion idea. My cousin some times adds green bell pepper but he also has too much liquid. Craving it now.

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  8. I call that steamed cabbage.

    If I cut it in thinner strips and saute it in a little butter, I call that fried cabbage.

    Either way... I call it delicious!

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  9. Where's th bacon?

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  10. I've always called that cabbage. All this time when I hear someone say fried cabbage I picture cabbage lightly breaded and fried LOL! Anyways I just found your site and it's amazing. I love to cook - grew up in Dothan, AL.
    The only thing missing in this recipe is a little vinegar :)

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    1. I saw your comment you grew up in Dothan, AL. I grew up in Cottonwood. Small world. Love fried cabbage. Mom made them with bacon grease and onions. Yummmmly.

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  11. I cut bacon up & fry that along with cabbage, onion & sometimes fresh mushrooms, I've never added any liquid & it's soooo good! I also fry bacon with my burger when I make goulash, makes a great flavor change!

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  12. I usually fry bacon and onion with it! Great side dish.

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    1. This is a great recipe for delicious but simple fried cabbage, love it!

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  13. Call me crazy, but I"m not sure what you mean by substitute vegetable for bacon grease? Could you explain that?

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    1. Use vegetable oil instead of bacon grease💗

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  14. had this 2 nights ago, with pierogi and kielbasa ~ almost as good as laying on a beach somewhere warm:)

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    1. Do you make your own pierogi? I just learned how recently and it’s so easy!

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  15. The only thing I omit is the chicken broth/water. I add to it some sugar and apple cider vinegar:))) Really, really good!

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    1. Gonna try this, I love apple cider vinegar.

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  16. I can't use the bacon grease so I use unflavored coconut oil instead and throw in a few slices of jalapeno for a little heat.

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  17. i use the maple bacon that way the it has it natural sugar and another dish is just vinegar and cabbage

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  18. I love stir fried cabbage. Most of my family like it "boiled" but I find that flavorless. I pretty much use your recipe but I do sprinkle in a bit of sugar. I also use the bacon fat that I reserve and refrigerate when I fry out bacon. The bacon I use in this dish is the "real" bacon bits that I keep as a pantry staple. Really yummy.

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  19. Add bacon and some sauerkraut and bake it covered for an hour and you have a dish called Kapusta.

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  20. What type of cabbage is preferred by most..Savoy or White?

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  21. My cabage comes out tough. Help!

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    1. What do you mean by “tough”? Not cooked enough, as in not tender? I usually cover my pan with the lid and turn the heat down so it’s just barely bubbling. On *my* stove, that’s usually one notch above the lowest setting. But I’ve used other stoves where I had to bring the heat up higher first, and then lower it. The other problem could be you got an old head of cabbage at the store. Be sure it looks fresh (bright green).

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  22. We call that fried or smothered cabbage add some sliced onion. Sometimes in a crockpot with a little left over ham too.

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Hi there! While I’m not able to respond to every comment, I try hard to answer any questions that haven’t been addressed in the post, recipe or in other comments.

I can tell you now 1) I have no idea if you can substitute Minute Rice or brown rice in my recipes because I’ve never used them and 2) If I know how to convert a recipe to a Crock Pot version, I will make a note about it (otherwise, I don’t know).

And though I may not respond to them all, I do read each and every comment and I LOVE to hear from you guys! Thanks, y’all! - Mandy