Southern-Style Cabbage Recipe - (2024)


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"This is how I got my children to like cabbage. It is a simple recipe. It came from an old magazine clipping, do not remember which one. We usually have cornbread on the side with rice and sausage."


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  • 4 slices bacon, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 lbs green cabbage, coarsely sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup water



  • In a 5-quart dutch oven or 12-inch skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until browned.
  • Add cabbage, onion, salt; stir to coat cabbage evenly with bacon fat.
  • Add water and reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender and lightly browned.

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  1. How much of the cabbage do you Cut up to cook? Just the green leafy pieces or the white pieces as well?

    Dyanne J.

  2. It don't need a lot of water right

    Donna B.



  1. This is NOT an authentic southern cabbage recipe especially not without the pepper flakes and sugar And also use chicken stock instead of water. Add diced onions, green peppers, garlic powder, onion powder. Man this recipe needs some help lol

    Nikkis Way 7.

  2. My dad cooked this cabbage recipe, and he was from the South. I'm from the West, and now I cook it. He served it to me and my brother when we were children. He also served it to us with a slice of Jiffy cornbread. I'd crumble the cornbread into the cabbage, and it was delicious! I still eat it that way. Thanks for the recipe.

    Think T.

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  3. Great recipe. My husband loves it. I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon because we dont eat pork. And i used chicken broth instead of water. Delicious!!

    Amanda K.

  4. I added garlic and a little veggie broth instead of chicken, and then used grilled kilbasa instead of bacon (not boiled with cabbage). Very good.

    Marjorie S.

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  1. Yall! this recipe is a great basic start! but if you really want to add some KABOOM to the cabbage... make sure it's not water your putting the cabbage stockpot... I highly recommend using chickenbroth... if you want to make it super healthy broth make your own bone broth with Rot. chicken bones then add in strained bone broth to cabbage... YUM...I make mine like soulfood kapusta! I add boiled potato and cajun andouille chicken... I'm from New Orleans and I like spice! Hey! Try it and enjoy :)


  2. This dish turned out awesome! I used both bacon and hot smoked sausage and substituted the water with beef broth and instead of using salt I used a beef seasoning packet from a ramen packet. I also added garlic and dab of olive oil. I added the bacon and sausage to the pot at the end. I served it with jalapeno cornbread and I must say this was the best cabbage that I've made.


  3. This is very delicious! My husband said he could eat it every night for dinner! The only changes I made were that I added some fresh chopped garlic, ground pepper and a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil to it. I will definitely be making this again!! Thanks for sharing!


  4. I cooked in the Instant Pot 6 mins quick release. I used chicken broth instead of water.

    Karen M.



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