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Southern Cabbage

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Southern Cabbage with bacon

Southern Cabbage is an easy southern side that goes great with chicken and pork and makes a wonderful addition to a holiday meal. Cabbage is slow cooked until tender in chicken broth flavored with bacon and onion, plus a few red pepper flakes if you want some heat.

Southern Cabbage is one of my very favorite foods ever so I enjoy making it even outside of the holiday season. It is supposed to be a side, but to me it’s a main dish because whenever I make it or see it on a buffet, it’s the only thing I want. I think most cabbage lovers can relate.

This recipe is easy to make and convenient- only 3 ingredients plus a few seasonings are needed.
As the cabbage simmers, the chicken broth reduces, concentrating its flavor. It tastes so goody’all, I eat the cabbage first and then drink every bit of the broth. It’s the best part. You can either slurp it up or sop it up with a piece of cornbread.
Southern Cabbage made with College Inn broth
There’s no better way to cook cabbage than to simmer it in chicken broth with onion and bacon. The cabbage cooks up soft and tender with all of the awesome flavor of the chicken broth and the cabbage adds flavor to the chicken broth as well. It’s a totally symbiotic relationship.
Southern Cabbage
Since most of the flavor of this recipe is coming from the chicken broth, you really need to use a quality one. I choose College Inn Chicken Broth because they make a richer, deeper broth made from the finest all-natural chickens and farm-grown vegetables. College Inn broths are Non-GMO and contain no MSG. A long, slow simmer with flavorful herbs and spices creates a broth that helps make the ordinary special. College Inn Broth has just the perfect flavor for making your dishes family favorites this upcoming holiday season and all year long.
Southern Cabbage
Note: The chicken broth, especially once it boils down some and the flavors concentrate, should add plenty of saltiness together with the bacon. But if you need to, salt to taste at the end.

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Southern Cabbage

Southern Cabbage with bacon

Southern Cabbage

Southern Cabbage is an easy southern side. Cabbage is cooked until tender in chicken broth flavored with onion and bacon.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes


  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 medium head cabbage, cored and coarsely chooped
  • 2 cups College Inn Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • black pepper


  • Cook bacon in a large pot or Dutch oven until crispy. Remove bacon from pot and set aside.
  • Leave about 2-3 tablespoons of bacon grease in the pot. You can save any excess bacon grease for another use.
  • Cook the onion in the bacon grease until soft.
  • Add cabbage, chicken broth, and red pepper flakes. Cover pot and simmer for about 10 minutes, opening it to stir once or twice.
  • Remove lid from pot and cook uncovered for about 15 minutes. Turn up the heat a little so you get a good amount of evaporation.
  • Season to taste with pepper. If desired, add a little salt.
  • Crumble the bacon and mix it into the cabbage mixture. Serve in small bowls with with the broth.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern

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37 thoughts on “Southern Cabbage”

  1. I changed two things. I used one large onion and added four minced garlic cloves after the onions cooked for a bit.
    Oh, and I doubled the bacon. This was a hit!

  2. Midnight on Millard

    So easy and good, reminds me of the cabbage my Mom and Nanna made when my brother and I were kids. I cut up turkey bacon and sauteed it in 2 tbsp of oil before cooking the onions. Only problem is I should’ve made more. I’m trying the dressing next for some more feelings of nostalgia.

  3. This rating is for your cabbage dishes. They are sublime, I too love cabbage and really feel the flavors in your recipes. Thank you.

  4. Iris Hickenbottom

    Love it, I added green pepper sliced and thinly slice carrot strips along with the onions. Great this is a keeper.

  5. Omg , this was awesome!!!! Better the next day. And both my daughter and I said I have to make it again. Yummy !!!

    1. Richard J Fields

      Stacy Weather have a valid concern of which I also share. Will someone please give advice. Thank you.

  6. I love cabbage but have never thought mine was anything special. I searched and found yours, and I’m so glad I did!! It was wonderful and so easy. I didn’t have any bacon thawed, but I did have the drippings (always!). It was great, even without the bacon! Thanks so much.

  7. Tastes Amazing! The site would be great though if we had less pop ups and advertising. I would search for more recipes.

  8. I made the southern Fried cabbage for dinner last night and it was fabulous! I used a small head and added some chopped red onions to some olive oil and softened a little. Then added the broth and seasonings. Cooked it probably a little longer than the recipe called for but we like the browned parts of the onion and cabbage. Definitely a keeper, glad I found this recipe!

  9. How much onion? It’s not listed in the ingredients. We love cabbage and I am interested in trying your version.

  10. How do I search your site? Went to your .computer website, tried everything. Please send instructions to my contact email. Virginia Vincent

    1. Click on the three dashes next to “menu” at the very top left of the page. It will bring you to a search bar.

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