Southern Fried Cabbage

Recently as I was cleaning out my refrigerator, I found myself wondering what to do with a very large bag of coleslaw mix that I had purchased at Sam’s Club.  While I love coleslaw, that didn’t seem like quite the right thing to go with my dinner that evening.  I remembered seeing a picture of fried cabbage and decided that my coleslaw mix would work just fine.  The original recipe was made with a plain head of cabbage that you’ve shredded.  Using the mix added some great color and saved some time.

The result of my experiment turned out great!  Any recipe that begins with bacon and onion has my attention!  Then, just  add the cabbage and the seasonings.  The cabbage is that it really wilts down when it starts to cook.  Just cook until the cabbage is tender.  Do not cook it to death!  Ewwww!  Just had a bad memory of coming home from school when my mother was cooking cabbage.  The house smelled horrendous and the cabbage had a funny brown color from cooking all day. Yuck!  Oh, when she cooked turnips it was even worse!  We won’t go there.  I’m still trying to recover from turnip memories!

Well even if you’ve had bad experiences with cooked cabbage in your past, you should try this recipe.  You may just change your mind!

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  • 6 ounces bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound shredded cabbage (I used coleslaw mix)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt & pepper to taste



Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy, do not drain fat.

Add onion to the bacon, cooking 3-4 minutes until mostly translucent.

Add shredded cabbage, cooking until wilted.

Season with salt, pepper, and sugar.


  1. Vicky says:

    I made your southern fried cabbage the other night. I’m usually not a cooked cabbage kind of girl (I do like cole slaw), but we really enjoyed it. I think it might become a new favorite side dish. I like to buy the bagged cole slaw mix but for just two of us now, it’s to much before it spoils. Great way to use it up. Thanks.

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