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Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes

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.

Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes

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.

Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes

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.

Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes

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Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.

Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes

Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes

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.


  • 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.


Calories: 176kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: cabbage, potatoes

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Recipe adapted from Cook’s Country

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113 thoughts on “Smothered Cabbage and Potatoes”

  1. Arnita Wilkerson

    I made this as my side dish with baked pork chops,my family ate it up and was still asking for more. It was delicious. I will be making again soon.

  2. Thanks for posting this recipe Christin. I made it as written except I used new red potatoes with skin on which gave it a nice pop of colour. Very simple tasty side dish that comes together quickly. Will definitely be making it again for sure.

  3. Super easy to make and super yummy
    Warm and cozy, i had it with chicken and added a southwest type sauce. Also had it for leftovers the next day and it was even better
    I found a bit too much liquid still remained, i might try adding less next time
    The potatoes were getting to soft to keep reducing the liquid more

  4. If I could give this a 10 stars I would. I made this recipe as printed, and
    I will de-finely make it many more times!!
    The FLAVOR if you follow the instruction and let it evaporate,
    builds so much flavor.
    Who ever wrote the comment that it was not good! Did not follow her instructions.
    Winner Winner, this is going in my recipe file!
    I have leftovers, and I can’t wait to eat tomorrow!
    (p.s) the great thing, also about this recipe; especial in snow county (you don’t want to got to the store,)
    for me I always have Cabbage onions and Butter, broth on hand
    in-case we are snowed in.
    Absolute winner in my book!
    Thank you for give us this recipe!

  5. Yum…so good! Will be a welcome addition to my meal options. This brings back memories of grandma’s leftover….cabbage and ham chunks boiled in the juice from baking Easter dinner, served with mashed potatoes. She also made a mean roast beef with onions, carrots and potatoes all in an old roaster pan. She always served wilted lettuce salad as a side dish. Parts of both of these meals can be added as variations to your recipe to bring back fond memories of her. Thank you.

  6. Easy, inexpensive recipe. And real quick to make. Besides the chicken broth it’s totally vegetarian.

  7. 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!

  8. April A Moone

    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!

    1. 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.
      Great find!

  9. 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!

  10. Elizabeth Calligan

    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!

    1. 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. .

      1. “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.

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