Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes is a down home southern favorite. It’s a simple side dish full of flavor and goes great with chicken or pork. Or serve it with cornbread as a main dish.
Chopped green cabbage and diced Yukon Gold potatoes are simmered with onion, butter, and chicken broth until the potatoes are soft and most of the liquid has evaporated. The remaining liquid is one of the best tasting things ever. I love to serve this southern side with cornbread.
The flavors in this dish are simple, but so good. The chicken broth wonderfully seasons the cabbage and potatoes and the butter gives the sauce a richness and a silky texture.
This inexpensive dish can be eaten as a side or with cornbread for a main dish.
Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes is a basic recipe but you can add in more ingredients for more flavor. Try adding some bacon or a ham hock for some meaty flavor. Sliced kielbasa is also a good choice.
The only downside to this recipe is cabbage doesn’t smell all that great when cooking. You might want to open a few windows. But don’t worry. It tastes magnificently.
Try these other delicious cabbage dishes:
- Old-Fashioned Cabbage Casserole
- Southern Cabbage
- Cabbage Soup with Smoked Sausage
- Cabbage and Noodles
Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes
- 5 tablespoons salted butter
- 1 medium yellow or sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 1 medium head green cabbage, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 4 minutes, or until soft.
- Add cabbage, potatoes, broth, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
- Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove lid and increase heat to medium-high. Cook until most of liquid has evaporated (about 12 to 14 minutes), stirring occasionally.
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Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country
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88 thoughts on “Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes”
Easy, inexpensive recipe. And real quick to make. Besides the chicken broth it’s totally vegetarian.
Delicious and so simple to make! It was buttery, savory and a hint of sweet from the natural cabbage flavor. I sprinkled extra course black pepper to serve. So good!
Awesome comfort food!
Absolutely the best cabbage and potatoes I have ever made. I am my mother’s caregiver and she wanted kielbasa and cabbage, so I took it a step (or maybe two) further with this recipe and she loved it as did I. I finally pleased her which is few and far between these days. Never will cook cabbage any other way! Thank you Christin!
This was absolutely the best i ever cooked it was a hit with my family
Very tasty, everyone liked this.
This has become one of my husbands favorite meals. Hard to believe that such simple ingredients can come together so flavorfully. I add fresh garlic and more potatoes.
My Husband’s new favourite!! (I really like it too!) Reminds him of his mothers cooking on the farm. It’s now a weekly dinner feature in our home. Thank you for spreading the love!
Love this recipe! By the book easy, quick and delicious!
I added very thin sliced carrots to this recipe, will be making this again often.
How is this made the day before and heated up the next day?
I am making this recipe tonight for my husband and I. He just told me he loves cabbage and I already knew he loves potatoes and onions so it should be good. It is pretty easy to make too and that is a bonus!
Absolutely wonderful will definitely be making this again
I added carrots and omitted the red pepper flakes and salt. It was delicious.
You changed the recipe, you chose not to make the dish as instructed and then gave it a 4 star rating. You’re not rating the recipe that was so graciously shared though, you’re rating something totally different and that’s very rude, not to mention, incredibly poor form. It is in very poor taste to change someone’s recipe and then give them less than a 5 star rating, if you don’t feel that you can give a 5 star rating after making YOUR CHANGES (without even trying it the proper way), either don’t rate it at all or just don’t leave your comment. It’s quite simple to leave a comment without a star rating and that’s what you should have done in this case if you felt that you must leave a comment. .
Sheesh, everyone tweaks recipes, maybe Kathy meant to give you 5 stars and hit the wrong numbers . 4 stars are still very good. Frankly, by your unnecessary reply to her and childish reaction..I will NOT be following anymore. Plus I will try and find my good ratings and comments and remove them.
I am an idiot…I put that comment in thinking it was the website owner…And I am terribly sorry, I do not know how to erase my above comment but it is directed at that woman, that put the nasty reply to Kathy…NOT Christin. Christin has a wonderful site and I have been following her for years and intend to keep on doing so.
Christin , if you know of a way I can remove the above comment, let me know. PS I am making this recipe as I type…delicious!!
I do not have a Dutch oven :(.
How would you suggest to cook this without?
Seriously? Please chill, it’s a cabbage recipe. Talk about rude
Classic Lyssa comment right here. This is the type of content we come for.
“Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes is a basic recipe but you can add in more ingredients for more flavor.”
You really need to calm down, Lyssa.
I added a splash of apple cider vinegar for acidity and sweet paprika. Delicious!