Fried Cabbage with Onions and Bacon is a delicious side dish and classic southern recipe. Tender cabbage with crispy bacon, topped with red pepper flakes for a bit of heat - this simple side dish comes together in just 30 minutes!
I've been posting a lot of family recipes lately - however, this one is super special because it merges my grandmother's recipe AND my mother in law's recipe. So cool right?
My grandmother actually fries her cabbage in fatback grease (her's is more of a southern fried cabbage recipe) and my mother in law uses butter - so I decided to do a nice mix of both - kinda.
I pan-fried cabbage in a mix of butter and bacon grease (fatback is not the easiest ingredient to find), seasoned it up, and let it cook down in a large cast iron dutch oven. The end result was amazing.
The smoky flavor from the savory bacon and all of the flavor from the seasonings makes this not only an easy side dish, but the perfect side dish for just about any time of year.
A few simple ingredients go a long way for this easy recipe! Here's what you'll need to make fried cabbage:
Fresh Cabbage - you'll need three pounds of green cabbage. This can either be a big head of cabbage or two small ones.
Basic Spices - all you need for this recipe is a little bit of seasoned salt and red pepper flakes. In this case, less if more because most of the flavor comes from the salty bacon.
Bacon - I used Center Cut Smoked Bacon, chopped it into bite sized pieces and cooked it on low to allow the bacon at to render. Cooking on low heat also allows the bacon to crisp up really nicely too - making this the ultimate comfort food.
Butter - when pan-frying cabbage, you need a nice amount of fat in the pan. I used butter to deglaze the pan to grab every piece of flavor from the bacon while still adding additional flavor from the butter itself.
Yellow Onion - onions provide great flavor, especially when frying.
Sugar - yep. You need a tablespoon of sugar! It doesn't particularly sweeten the cabbage, but more so cuts the saltiness and balances out all of the flavors.
Equipment wise, I recommend using a large pot or dutch oven. You can also use a deep skillet with a lid or cast iron skillet.
Enjoy delicious fried cabbage with just about anything. This southern classic is great as a main dish but also pairs well with a variety of meats and sides. Here are some of my favorite dishes:
Yes, store in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When you're ready to reheat, add to a pan over low heat and cover with a lid, stirring occasionally until it's warmed throughout.
Cabbage can be cooked to your desire. Essentially - taste as you go. If you prefer crunchier cabbage, you'll cook for less time. If you prefer a mushier cabbage, cook for at least 10-15 minutes.
Fried cabbage is pretty low in calories and has a lot of fiber and nutrients. It also has a nice bit of fat, so while this is a great dish to enjoy every once in a while, I wouldn't necessarily deem it has "healthy".
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