Country Style Fried Cabbage

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Country Style Fried Cabbage Country Style Fried Cabbage

Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 8 to 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 small head green cabbage, shredded
3 tablespoons bacon fat
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste





Wash cabbage. For shredding begin by cutting cabbage into quarters. Cut by making thin slices across the cut sides of the cabbage. Discard core and any tough ribs. Heat bacon fat in a large cast iron Dutch oven. Add cabbage and stir just until glistening. Lower heat and add pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste and continue cooking and turning until cabbage is just tender.

Notes from the Paula Deen Test Kitchen: A fast and delicious side dish to your St. Patrick’s Day cornbeef recipes. We also loved it with 4 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled over the top before serving.

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hang in there this all will blow over. great cook

By frances on October 21, 2013


Turned out GREAT. Easy and fast. I put two spicy red tamales in it and the flavors worked great together.

By Brett on September 02, 2013


I'm black and I love me some Paula deen

By Anonymous on August 10, 2013


I still think your wonderful Denise Gray - Kenton Ohio

By Denise Gray on July 14, 2013


I make fried cabbage with sliced up smoked sausages in after cabbage cooks down.. whole family especially my son-in law love this dish I came up with years ago .. my mom made fried cabbage in iron pan when I was growing up with slice of cornbread and sweet and sour slaw was delicious !!

By MARY SMITH on June 28, 2013


Your BBQ cabbage is still my fav! Had it last night with first cabbage from my garden.

By danny fletcher on June 27, 2013


thanks paula,great!!!love your dishes..will always use them...

By carole cumberland on June 27, 2013


Been looking for some meals that doesn't include a lot of meat. My husband and I are looking for low calorie meals.vegetables etc.

By Ethel oatman on May 17, 2013


Hi ms Paula You are looking good. I'm trying to find a recipe for cabbage without bacon.I'll lose my extra lbs. your way anytime.

By Jane Dvorak on May 07, 2013



By connie cook on March 15, 2013


Paula, My husband is a type 2 diabetic & has been for about 20 years. You may want to add a Microwave Cabbage Recipe to your list that we like from . It only uses 3 ingredients & is oh so easy. Here's the recipe: 1/2 med. cabbage, cut into 4-6 wedges 1/2 tsp. caraway seed 2 tbsp. butter Arrange cabbage wedges in glass baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons water. Sprinkle with caraway seed, cover. Microwave on high for 7 min.; rotate dish. Microwave on high for 5 min. longer. Place butter in small glass bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Drizzle over cavvage. You'll never cook it any other way! Note: This is written exactly from Also, I usually hate cabbage, I think lots of people overcook it until it's limp. I find this is crisp & kind of crunchy. Alice G. Craig

By Alice Craig on March 15, 2013


I add a little minced garlic from a jar. (drain)and onion. makes it even better!

By Janet Combs on February 27, 2013


I made this for the first time as an alternate to the boil cabbage for St.Patrick's Day...and it was fabulous. Since then I have made it a few times and twisted it a bit to fit my family. My husband and I LOVE it...the kids need a bit more convincing LOL. I posted my variation of your dish on my blog if you are interested in checking it out smile We are big Paula fans <3 Keep dishing it up Paula! As you say, "Love and best dishes"!

By Kellyt on September 17, 2012


my grandma used to make fried cabbage & i always loved it! She put celery seed in hers instead of the pepper flakes. Haven't had it in years -- will definitely be making it soon.

By lorri on March 11, 2012


I grew up eating this....comfort food.

By Sylvia on February 24, 2012


I just made this recipe for the first time, and OMG! It is absolutely scrumptious!

By Donna Young on November 02, 2011


Just made this added salt pepper to taste. Da BOMB! We are all so full we bout to blow up. lol

By Salone jenkins on June 14, 2011


This recipe is also good made with olive oil rather than bacon fat.....has a little different taste, but it is delicious.

By Janice Lombardi on March 16, 2011


Dear Paula, thank you for your show. It is the best cooking program, you are so funny and who is loved by everyone i know. my favorite show is when you and Michael went to Paris and the boys came in to surprise you that was the best present a mom could get. Please keep up the good work . Much Love and Blessings. Cheryl Bartlett Lynn,MA

By Cheryl Bartlett on March 16, 2011


i made your fried cabbage using the grease(oil) added a little sugar wow was great, in past, i used to steam in a little water,til tender, let water evaporate then add my oil or bacon grease and brown it, I must say, your way from now on, lovin it, Love your shows, the boys and so on,

By joyce sihler on March 15, 2011

I have read everyones recipe & version of fried cabbage I’m a big fan of it I’m just recently got married & I’m making one of my moms specials steak & fried cabbage with onions I’m going to add a red peper & use olive oil trying to be healthier (got from one of the other recipes) hope my hubby will love it.

By Ayanna Harris on November 01, 2010

We had fried cabbage at a German restaurant in Newport, KY for the first time a few years back.  Loved it.  I came home and tried to duplicate it.  I used bacon grease, a little sugar, salt and pepper to taste.  Then right before it is done added caraway seeds.  It was pretty close.  Yum Yum

By Sandy Martin on September 08, 2010

After reading all these blogs yesterday I went home and fried us up some cabbage using Paula’s recipe above.  Wonderful, easy and such good comfort food.  It went great with potatoes and hamburger steak.  I’ll be making this one again throughout the summer!

By Linda on May 26, 2010

Does red cabbage cook and taste as good as the green for these recipes?

By Dorene on April 07, 2010

My g-ma used to make this with left over ham, or pork chops from the night before. Fried which was really good with ham,chili powder onions and garlic.  I still make it.  Just good comfort food. I love Watchin Ya’ll’s show!

By Toni on April 02, 2010

From Herndon,VA
My mouth was just a watering as I read your recipe and all the comments. Can’t wait to get to the store and make my old fashion smothered cabbage.

By Margaret S Austin on March 21, 2010

I fry my cabbage with bacon fat diced potatoes, diced onions, ham cubes, and salt and pepper.
It is a whole meal in a skillet. 
Mary Ann

By Mary Ann on March 21, 2010

Hey Ya’ll!  I’m so glad I read this recipe.  I have’nt cooked cabbage for years. And guess what?  I have cabbage, onion, bell pepper, bacon grease, and country ham. Bet’cha can’t guess what I’m fixin for dinner tonight.

By Mary Kimes on March 21, 2010

We usually add kielbasa sausage to our fried cabbage. I just cut the sausage in 1-2” slices and lay in in the pan with the cabbage.  A one-dish meal ready in minutes!  My husband loves it!!

By Pat Majeres on March 20, 2010

Oh, my how I love fried cabbage! I like mine cooked up till its almost burnt…..I’ve even put it in the skillet with fried potatoes & onions! Better than the best cafe in Paris!

By Leslie on March 20, 2010

fried cabbage is one of my favorite dishes.
i grew up in central indiana and cabbage is a garden staple.  mom would fry it with lots of lard or left over meat grease or shortning. we never put bacon or anything else except salt and pepper. she would serve it with fried porck chops and fried potatoes. my dad and i would fight over the last bite. yum.

By kimmy cook on March 20, 2010

Throw some of Paula’s ‘House Seasoning’ on that the fried cabbage and YUMMO!

By Dee Ann Graham on March 20, 2010

I fry the bacon then remove it put the cabbage in after about 10 minutes or so I put a can of rotel and crumble the bacon and add it & simmer with lid for about 15 to 20 minutes! Yum it’s awesome…

By stephanie white on March 20, 2010

I use olive oil and sauteed with shredded onion and chopped garlic..  Also add other veggies, brocoli, cauliflower ....  Delish

By Christa on March 19, 2010

I like mine with smoked sausage and hash browns.

By Pam Merritt on March 19, 2010

Ohh, I love fried cabbage, only problem, my husband of 4 years doesn’t like cooked cabbage at all….so i don’t fix it often…when I fry mine, I but butter and a little water and green onions, a pinch of sugar….In another skillet, I will fry up some sliced polish sausage,after they are done,and browned, add it to the cooked cabbage, Yummmm….along with some good cornbread…
I also add some cayenne pepper to the cabbage, must not forget that….

Love you to pieces Paula….

By Brenda on March 19, 2010

We all love fried cabbage, but we kick it up with some fresh parm cheese in it..With a Italian
family we need the wisconsin cheese in everything. Add some bacon dripping and bacon yum..and the house smells so good..!!

By Barb Ancona on March 19, 2010

When I fry cabbage, I add an onion, a yellow squash, a green squash, 1/2 head purple cabbage, either 2 small or 1 large potato, fried in bacon grease, saving the bacon to crumble up into the vegetables…I season with Paula’s house seasoning….

By Cheryl Lipman on March 19, 2010

I have eaten fried cabbage all of my 62 years.  My grandmother taught me how to fry it many, many years ago.  It is a staple in our household diet.  I do cook mine until it is brown however.

By Ron Turner on March 19, 2010

We too grew up on fried cabbage. After getting married in 1982 I discovered the recipe for cabbage and noodles and began fixing that as well, also servied with sour cream.  One thing I have discovered that is very tasty is to slice a halved onion the same thickness as the cabbage and saute it right along with the cabbage.  For a complete meal add smoked sausage medallions.  This makes the cabbage very flavorful.

By Carol McLemore on March 19, 2010

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