How to Make the Best Southern Cabbage Recipe

Prep the cabbage: Wash and thinly slice the cabbage. You can use a knife or a mandoline for even slices.

Cook the bacon: In a large skillet or Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon from the pan and set aside.

Saute the vegetables: Add the olive oil or butter to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper (if using) and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the cabbage: Add the sliced cabbage to the pan and stir to coat with the oil. Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using).


Cook the cabbage: Cook the cabbage, stirring occasionally, until it is softened and tender, about 15-20 minutes. You may need to add a little bit of water or broth to prevent the cabbage from sticking to the pan.

Deglaze with vinegar: Once the cabbage is cooked, deglaze the pan with the vinegar. This will help to loosen any browned bits and add a nice tangy flavor to the dish.

Add sweetness (optional): If you prefer a sweeter cabbage, add the brown sugar or honey and stir to combine.

Serve: Serve the Southern fried cabbage hot with your favorite main course.


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