Fried Cabbage is one of my favorite side dish recipes. Cabbage becomes sweet and tender and absorbs the delicious smoky salty flavor of the bacon. The result is a simple side dish great for serving with grilled chicken breasts or pork tenderloin!
Southern fried cabbage is slow-cooked and simmered in its own juices along with bacon and diced onion (I sometimes add a clove of garlic as well) and it goes with other comfort foods like pot roast, meatloaf and polish sausages.
You guys know I love any and all things with cabbage from Easy Cabbage Rolls to a healthy Cabbage Soup. Growing up with a Polish grandmother, we always had all kinds of cabbage dishes and now it just reminds me of childhood.
How to Fry Cabbage
Cabbage is so easy to fry. If you cook it low and slow, it will become tender and sweet.
- Fry bacon until crisp. Remove the cooked bacon but leave the yummy drippings in the pan.
- Add onion and cook in the bacon drippings until tender (this has max flavor).
- Finally, stir in the cabbage and cook low and slow about 20 minutes.
- Season with salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste. Top with the crispy bacon and serve hot.
Get creative with flavors and additions and think beyond just fried cabbage and bacon! Add a squeeze of lemon, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Fry up chopped green peppers with the onions, add leftover baked ham or capers. The possibilities are endless!
How Long Does it Take to Fry Cabbage
Depends on the size of the pan, the amount cabbage you use and what else is in the pan. Cabbage cooks best when it is cooked on medium heat, and how tender you want it is a personal preference. The longer and slower you cook it, the more tender and sweet it will become.
To soften it slowly, it takes about 20 minutes. But, a quick stir fry style will take only 10 minutes or so! Experiment and have fun with it.
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- 6 slices bacon chopped
- 1 small onion diced
- 6 cups cabbage core removed and chopped
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- Fry bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Add onion to bacon drippings and cook until tender.
- Stir in cabbage and cook 18-20 minutes or until tender.
- Season with salt, pepper and chili flakes to taste. Stir in bacon and serve.